University City Science Center

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Founded in 1963, the University City Science Center is the oldest and largest urban research park in the United States. We support technology commercialization and technology-based economic development on our campus and in the Greater Philadelphia region. Our 31 nonprofit shareholders include many of the distinguished colleges, universities, hospitals, and research institutions located throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

The Science Center provides lab and office space for start-up, growing and established companies. We offer business incubation, support services and programming for entrepreneurs and start-up companies. We help move technology out of the lab and into the marketplace, where it can benefit the region and the world.

Graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center's Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually.

Science Center Programs

  • Port Business Incubators
    • The Port offers lab and office space, plus networking, professional development, and entrepreneurial support programs to help start-up and growing companies build their businesses.
  • Quorum
    • Got an idea? Quorum can help grow it into a successful business by connecting entrepreneurs and innovators with information, funding and resources.
  • Breadboard
    • Explore the intersections between contemporary art, design, science and technology.
  • QED Proof-of-Concept Program
    • The QED Proof-of-Concept Program offers funding and business advice to researchers and scientists at participating colleges, universities, hospitals and other research institutions in Greater Philadelphia and beyond.
  • Networking and Professional Development
    • Business advice, scientific presentations, workshops, panel discussions and networking, all in one place.
  • International Programs
    • International companies can take advantage of the Global Soft Landing Program, which helps global companies establish a foothold in the region’s life sciences and technology markets. Philadelphia offers a strategic location within easy reach of the nation’s regulatory/legislative hub in Washington and its financial center in New York.
  • Community Impact
    • The Science Center is committed to being an active and involved member of the different communities to which we belong: West Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia region, our core industry sectors and the entrepreneurial and cultural ecosystems, which we serve and support.
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