University City Science Center: Ignite Innovation Campaign; Support from Penn and Wexford Science &Technology
The University City Science Center launched a $3 million Ignite Innovation campaign, as it prepares to move into new headquarters at 3675 Market Street. The campaign is off to a strong start with support totaling $1.1 million from the University of Pennsylvania and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC.
Such support helps the Science Center continue to inspire ideas, innovators and early-stage companies through the expansion of programming in its new location. Ignite Innovation funding will directly support the Science Center’s ability to scale and impact the entrepreneurial ecosystem through Quorum, Greater Philadelphia’s gathering space for the innovation ecosystem, and FirstHand, the Science Center’s STEM program for middle and high school students. Funding will allow Quorum to continue to offer its free signature programming that the start-up community has relied on as a “go-to” source for thought leadership, advice and connections. And FirstHand will be able to expand its nationally-recognized STEM-focused programming to more students at more schools in Philadelphia.
“Thanks to Wexford and the University of Pennsylvania’s support, we are able to equip scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs and students with the resources they need to spur innovation in Greater Philadelphia—and continue making a positive impact in the world,” said Curtis M. Hess, Interim President and CEO of the Science Center.
“The University of Pennsylvania is proud to support the Science Center. By fostering a fertile and thriving innovation ecosystem, the Science Center plays an integral part in driving economic activity in our region,” said Craig R. Carnaroli, Penn’s EVP and chairman of the Board of the Science Center. “The growth and development of the Science Center’s programs will help retain talented students and researchers in Philadelphia, enabling start-ups to grow, scale and contribute to the vitality of our region.”
“Supporting Quorum, the largest gathering space in Philadelphia dedicated to promoting collaboration and entrepreneurship in the region’s innovation ecosystem, is essential to the success and continued growth of uCity Square. We are delighted to make this philanthropic investment in the Science Center,” said James Berens, Founder and CEO, Wexford Science & Technology.
Additional support for the Ignite Innovation campaign comes from Knoll and their dealer partner CFI, recognized as Quorum’s furniture sponsor.