2014 has been a year of growth and expansion for the Port business incubator as the Science Center developed new spaces, programming, and 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.

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2014 has been a year of growth and expansion for the Port business incubator as the Science Center developed new spaces, programming, and 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.

GLOBAL SOFT LANDING
The April 2014 visit by Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, pictured above, to the Science Center exemplifies the influence and attraction of the Port’s Global Soft Landing Program. With 11 international companies representing 10 countries, Global Soft Landing gives the Port an international flavor. Behind those numbers are strong partnerships with groups across the globe.

For example, the Science Center partnered with the Consulate General of Canada to host a second round of the Canadian Technology Accelerator in the fall of 2013, and a third round in spring 2014. The startups have focused on everything from hand-washing hygiene to telemedicine solutions for in-home hospice care services to online healthcare communities.

DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR
Sixty-seven companies from four countries competed for six spots in the Science Center’s new Digital Health Accelerator. Beginning in June 2014, six health IT companies will receive up to $50,000 each, space in the Port, professional mentorship, and warm introductions to healthcare stakeholders in the Greater Philadelphia region.

“As the healthcare and IT sectors converge, digital health is rapidly becoming an area of opportunity for forward-thinking entrepreneurs. With its concentration of healthcare providers and a growing start-up sector, Greater Philadelphia is well positioned to become a leader in the development of the health IT sector,” says Science Center President & CEO Steve Tang. “Through programs like the DHA, the Science Center is a natural location for these new companies.” The Digital Health Accelerator is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s Discovered and Developed in PA program.

INNOVATION CENTER @3401
The newest space on the Science Center campus for entrepreneurs, the Innovation Center @3401, demonstrates our commitment to collaboration—both in its genesis and its execution. A partnership with Drexel University, ic@3401 gives companies working in the IT sector a home among the universities, research institutions and innovative minds that make up University City.

Located at 3401 Market Street, ic@3401 is designed to bring together startup, growing and established companies in the IT sector to work side-by-side with designers, programmers and freelancers as they develop their ideas, grow their companies and contribute to one of Philadelphia’s fastest growing innovation hubs. Between a co-working space and dedicated offices for startups, DreamIt Ventures’ global headquarters and space for Point.io, a mid-sized IT company, ic@3401 offers a community of collaboration, capital and connections.