University City Science Center

Port Business Incubator

Our world-class Port business incubator offers start-up companies more than just physical resources. It also surrounds emerging ventures with the other ingredients required to grow and be successful:

  • Proximity to the area’s academic institutions and research hospitals enables collaboration and resource sharing
  • Access to Networking and Professional Development programs
  • Access to Quorum
  • Collegial environment inspires conversation and collaboration among the 30+ Port companies
  • Grant-writing support
  • Marketing and public relations assistance
  • Connectivity with capital
  • Exposure to government agencies and policy makers
  • Wet and dry labs, desks, cubicles or individual offices, shared laboratory and office equipment

International Programs – Global Soft Landing

International companies can take advantage of the Global Soft Landing Program, which leverages the assets and resources of the Science Center and Greater Philadelphia entrepreneurial community to 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.

NBIA Designation

The National Business Incubation Association has designated the Port incubator as an NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator. The NBIA’s Soft Landings Program recognizes incubators that are especially capable of helping nondomestic companies enter the incubator’s domestic market. The Port is one of only 23 business incubation programs from around the world that have earned the designation since NBIA began the program in 2005.


The Science Center has formed partnerships with a number of international programs that place emerging companies in the U.S. For example, the Science Center is home to a cross-border market immersion program in partnership with the Canadian Consulate General. The Canadian Technology Accelerator or CTA for Health IT offers high-potential early-stage Canadian startups a communal co-working space in the Port incubator as well as access to programming, resources and support from our network.

In addition to the Canadian Consulate General, the Science Center has partnerships with the Mid-Atlantic — Russia America Business Council, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Select Greater Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration and Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency.

Give your Company the Greatest Chance for Success

Take advantage of the Science Center’s experience with business incubation. More than 350 companies have originated at the Science Center, and more than 50% of its graduating companies since 2002 remain in business. Since 2006, Port companies have collectively raised over $116 million in investment and more than $14 million in federal funding that directly supported product development.

Access to Expertise
The Science Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee connects Port companies with a vast array of clinical and technical expertise and facilities. Current committee members include the senior research administrators (or equivalent) from academic, healthcare and research institutions, as well as from leading local companies in the life sciences and other industry sectors.

Connect to Capital
The Port serves as a home to several investment organizations such as:

To view a list of funding resources in the region, click here.

Port companies can also take advantage of the Innovation Partnership, which helps early-stage companies in Pennsylvania secure Federal funding for product development.

Access to Conference Rooms and Event Space
All Port companies have access to Science Center conference facilities, including the Quorum event space.

Access to Transportation
SEPTA buses and subways run through the campus, and the Port is only a short walk to regional rail and the Northeast Corridor Amtrak rail line. Philadelphia International Airport is 20 minutes away by train or car.