“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.”

QUORUM
QUORUM

“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.”

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UNIVERSITY CITY KEYSTONE INNOVATION ZONE (KIZ) 
What kind of impact does $1 million in KIZ Tax Credits have? Eleven University City Keystone Innovation Zone companies are leveraging their most recent KIZ Tax Credits, awarded in December 2013, to hire new employees, purchase equipment and grow their companies in the heart of Philadelphia.

As Apu Gupta of Curalate, a KIZ company notes, “We are 100% focused on growing as fast as possible. The KIZ Tax Credits accelerate our growth, extend our runway and increase our value.”

That’s exactly what was intended when the Commonwealth’s Department of Community and Economic Development established KIZs roughly 10 years ago. The tax credits incentivize companies to stay in the city and grow. With $100,000 on the table for each startup annually, it’s a tough argument to leave the Zone. 

RAIN
Many organizations share a mission. But how many actually collaborate—rather than compete? Collaboration among the accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces that spread across the Greater Philadelphia region is at the heart of RAIN, the Regional Affinity Incubation Network.

A core group dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship gathered at the Science Center in April 2014 to brainstorm topics, themes and goals for the 6th Annual RAIN Conference. Representatives from Benjamin’s Desk, Delaware’s Emerging Enterprise Center, Indy Hall, StartUp PHL and the Science Center quickly agreed that the collective goal of our organizations should be making Philadelphia one of the top five innovation hubs in the world in the next 10 years.

However, no single organization can achieve that goal. Luckily for the Greater Philadelphia region, there is RAIN. 

SUPPORTING STUDENT STARTUPS 
The 41,000 students at Philadelphia University and Temple University now have access to dedicated one-on-one coaching to help them create their own futures as entrepreneurs via the Blackstone LaunchPad program.

Blackstone LaunchPad offices opened on both campuses in the spring of 2014, and executive directors are on board and coaching students across all majors. The Science Center serves as the regional partner for this innovative program.

Created to support and foster entrepreneurship as a viable career path, as well as to drive innovation and economic development, the Blackstone LaunchPad is the result of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s replication and expansion of a co-curricular program developed by the University of Miami.  

Blackstone LaunchPad programs across the country have advised more than 3,000 ventures and sustained more than 460 businesses.