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STEM Founders Fellowship

An immersive startup experience for first generation, postgraduate STEM-related degree candidates.

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STEM Founders Fellowship

A 12-month experiential program for first generation graduate students and doctoral candidates designed to give academic researchers hands-on startup experience and support to transform concepts into a business reality.

The Fellowship includes in-person lectures, online workshops, and facilitated meetings with startups that will be delivered over 12 months in two phases: Immersive Learning and Active Building.

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Application deadline: August 12th


Troy Wilford

Director, Commercialization Solutions

Who is this program for?

Program Structure

MONTHS 1 - 6

Immersive Learning

Fellows will be embedded with a portfolio of 10-15 ic@3401-based startups to learn from and provide direct support to the founders, in addition to serving as a Venture Associate for Capital initiatives.

MONTH 1

Company portfolio management & support

MONTH 2

IP, legal and technology transfer

MONTH 3

Regulatory support and pathway

MONTH 4

Due diligence

MONTH 5

Valuations and deal screening

MONTH 6

Investor relations and discovery

months 7 - 12

Active Building

Fellows will apply lessons learned from the Immersive Learning phase to transform their business concepts into a business reality. Fellows will explore capital and private investment and develop a path to market.

Deliverables
  • SBIR/STTR application
  • Company legal structure definition
  • IP option or license agreement execution
  • Due diligence package development
  • Customer discovery for prototype development
  • Fundraising and partner development cultivation

Program Benefits

A COMMUNITY OF PEERS

The ic@3401 Incubator is the largest community of funded, early-stage tech startups in the Philadelphia region – housing approximately 50 companies largely focused on life science and healthcare innovations. Fellows will also have access to the Science Center's robust network of industry experts, investors, and entrepreneurs.

STIPEND

Fellows will receive a $50,000 12-month stipend.

Eligibility

Application deadline: August 12th

In order to be considered, applicants must have:

  • Pursuing an advanced degree in a STEM field from an academic institution in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware
  • The ability to commit 20 hours per week to the Fellowship
  • Be within a reasonably commutable distance to the Science Center
  • An entrepreneurial concept related to life sciences and healthcare
  • Startup proposal must demonstrate a clear market need with clear explanation on how the startup will be feasible, impactful, and scalable

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The Science Center is committed to ensuring that Founders Fellows are reflective of Greater Philadelphia's demographics. We encourage historically underrepresented candidates to apply.

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