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The Nucleus Awards celebrate leaders fostering a more innovative, collaborative, and equitable future

The Nucleus Awards

An evening of celebration, connection, and collaboration. The Science Center’s annual Nucleus Awards honor the region’s leaders in innovation, spotlighting the visionaries who are commercializing promising technology, allocating capital, convening the community, and cultivating our STEM workforce.

Bringing together groundbreakers from across the region, the Nucleus Awards is an industry-recognized celebration of Philadelphia’s role as leader in equitable science and technology innovation and inclusive growth.

Join 250+ innovation leaders for a night of celebration that starts with a cocktail reception and a brief award ceremony featuring comments from the awardees, followed by food and networking.

2024 presenting sponsor

Meet Previous Nucleus Award Honorees

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Commercialization Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the commercialization of innovative science and technology. The awardee is a catalyst in the acceleration of technology transfer. By identifying and developing new and creative ways to transition discoveries to the marketplace, the awardee has a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, or the welfare of society.

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Capital Award

This award recognizes an individual or organization that has intentionally sourced and invested in minority-owned startups or founders with the purpose of mobilizing capital to unlock innovation. The Capital awardee is investing in diverse minds to make transformative change in the STEM ecosystem.

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Cultivator Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions in creating a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline in the STEM sectors. The awardee has demonstrated leadership and commitment in building a sustainable workforce that represents the community at large.

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Convener Award

Recognizes an individual or organization that has generated new ideas or solutions through collaboration, placemaking or unique introductions. The awardee has removed barriers to connect assets, resources and strengths of diverse people and organizations to advance civic interests and improve lives.

What to expect at the Nucleus Awards

Nucleus Awards Sponsorship

Monies raised through The Nucleus Awards directly support the programs of the Science Center, the life-changing technologies these programs deliver, and the continuation of Philadelphia as a pioneer in science and technology. Thank you to our Nucleus Sponsors as champions of Philadelphia’s innovation community.

The Nucleus Award provides exceptional branding and visibility opportunities in front of 250+ innovators, investors, and civic leaders who influence and support the region’s innovation ecosystem.

Interested in sponsoring Nucleus?

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Michael Lyle

Development Manager
P: 215.966.6000
D: 215.966.6013

2024 Presenting Sponsor

About the Science Center

We are a community of current and future innovators, makers and doers fueling billions into the economy, expanding the workforce, and solving problems to enable us to live longer and better. The University City Science Center is a registered 501(c)3 mission-driven nonprofit organization that relies on philanthropic support.

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