our PROGRAMS

2014 has been a year of growth and expansion for the Port business incubator as the Science Center developed new spaces, new programming and new partnerships to support entrepreneurs in the health IT and digital creative spaces, as well as life sciences. One theme, however, remains constant: the Port offers more than the physical infrastructure of office and lab space. Port residents are immediately plugged into a rich network of resources where they can access the programs, the people and the support to grow their businesses. [READ MORE]

“Real information from the source,” is how one program attendee summed up Quorum’s wide-ranging offerings. From the industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs that Quorum’s programming attracts, to the community of startups connecting through shared stories of successes and challenges, Quorum continues to provide the foundation for entrepreneurs to meet, collaborate and build a community of like-minded thinkers. Or as another attendee put it, “Starting a business is intensely personal. Efforts like Quorum find ways to give entrepreneurs comfort that their ideas are valued and secure”. [READ MORE]

As the QED program began its seventh round in May 2014, one of its newest academic partners, Penn State University,  expanded its involvement from the Medical College at Hershey to include its main campus at University Park. Since its launch in 2009 as the nation’s first multi-institutional proof-of-concept program for the life sciences, QED has screened 350+ submissions from researchers at partner institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and helped researchers develop 65+ proof-of-concept plans. The outcome to date?  Six licensed technologies that have the potential to positively disrupt the healthcare landscape. [READ MORE]

What happens when you put kids in front of microscopes and teach them how to make selfies from their DNA? Some would say magic; at the Science Center, we say STEAM! Through youth programming, mentorships, and educator workshops that encourage creative exploration and experiential learning, the Science Center is using Art to encourage entry into the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—and ensuring that today’s generation of students is prepared to become tomorrow’s innovation workforce. [READ MORE]