Does Size Matter When it Comes to Partnerships? Science Center Panel Highlights Success Stories From Early-Stage and Established Companies

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Smart Talk Panel Highlights Success Stories From Early-Stage and Established Companies

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Does size matter when it comes to partnerships? Early-stage companies can often benefit from partnering with their more established counterparts, and established companies often seek the innovative ideas generated by startups. On Wednesday, April 16, the University City Science Center will highlight two case studies that illustrate how early-stage companies in the cleantech and energy efficiency space can engage with larger companies during a Satellite Quorum Smart Talk: Energy Matters program Making Partnerships Work For You.

Speakers include Sean Darras, CEO of Luxtech, an early-stage company that has developed successful partnerships with established companies, and Marcelo Rouco, CEO of Ecosave, an established company that has engaged with early-stage companies to implement their technologies into retrofitting projects.

An expansion of the Science Center’s successful Quorum program, Satellite Quorum is offering programming in partnership with the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) that plugs entrepreneurs into the cleantech and advanced energy retrofit industries and connects them with the people and resources necessary to grow their startups.
(CBEI is formerly known as the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub.)

Satellite Quorum’s Smart Talk: Energy Matters programming gives startup and growing companies a look at best practices and business strategies from industry leaders in the region.

Smart Talk: Energy Matters Agenda
8:30 a.m. - Registration & Networking
9:00 a.m. - Panel discussion followed by Q&A
10:00 a.m. - Opening networking/adjourn

There is no charge for the event which will take place in Building 101, Suite 310 at the Navy Yard, the current home of the CBEI. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Online registration is available at:

About the Science Center
The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities, and support services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and growing and established companies. The Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Since it was founded in 1963, 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. For more information about the Science Center, go to

Quorum, a strategic initiative of the Science Center, unites the region’s entrepreneurship and innovation communities and offers programming to connect entrepreneurs to investors, advice and resources. Since Quorum launched in May 2011, 15,000+ people have attended more than 250 events, programs and meetings at Quorum at 3711 Market Street. Satellite Quorum at The Navy Yard is the first expansion of the Science Center’s “clubhouse” for entrepreneurs.

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