Science Center Partners with Switzerland’s Y-PARC to Provide International Soft Landing Program

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The University City Science Center is joining forces with a Swiss tech park to make it easier for entrepreneurs to conduct international business.

The University City Science Center is joining forces with a Swiss tech park to make it easier for entrepreneurs to conduct international business.

The newly established partnership with Yverdon Technology Park (Y-PARC) will allow Swiss companies located at the Science Center to gain a foothold in the Greater Philadelphia region and for Philadelphia-based companies to gain traction and business in Switzerland. This type of “foreign exchange,” organized through the Science Center’s Global Soft Landing Program will help international companies ease the transition when establishing operations in the reciprocal region and incubator.

Through the collaborative Soft Landing Program, participating entrepreneurs will receive space in the Science Center’s Port business incubator and Y-PARC’s incubator, as well as personalized support services, cultural coaching and counseling, and logistical support for travel and accommodation.

To celebrate the partnership, the Science Center and Y-PARC are holding a Global Biomedical Startup Pitch Competition on June 17th. The program will run from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Quorum at the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street, Suite 800.

During the competition, Swiss National Startup team members will compete with Philadelphia-based biomedical entrepreneurs for the title of Global Biomedical Pitch Champion. Representing the United States and the Science Center are: AUM LifeTech, Biodetego, Evol Science, RegDesk, Denovo Health, Ristcall and TowerView Health. HYLOMPORPH, CellSpring, Lambda Health System, SimplicityBio, Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals, rqmicro and ZuriMED Technologies will represent the Swiss National Startup team. The competition will be judged by local angel investors.

The event is free of charge and will close with a networking reception. For details or to register, visit http://sc.ticketleap.com/biopitch2015/.

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 http://www.sciencecenter.org.

About Y-PARC
Y-PARC – Swiss Technopole is the largest technology park in Switzerland. Ideally located at the doorsteps of the city of Yverdon-les-Bains, it covers an area of over 50 hectares fully dedicated to research and development as well as high-value added industrial activities. Y-PARC – Swiss Technopole currently counts more than one hundred companies and almost 1,300 jobs. It also hosts R&D institutes and the Center for Technology Transfers (CeTT) of the University of Applied Sciences in Business and Engineering of the Canton of Vaud (HEIG-VD). Y-PARC – Swiss Technopole is in process of partnering with many technology parks in order to set up a network at international level, mainly in America, Asia and Europe.

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