Philly daily roundup: RIP Innovation Center; CHOP buys $25M property; EdLight’s seed raise

Plus, how you can commit an act of science to help local researchers.


Welcome to the daily roundup of the latest from Philly's tech and entrepreneurship scene. Want this in your inbox? Subscribe for free.

Join the ‘One Million Acts of Science’ campaign

Darlene Cavalier, a former Sixers cheerleader who’s now a professor at Arizona State University and founder of the nonprofit SciStarter, is behind a new campaign to commemorate April as Citizen Science Month.

Called “One Million Acts of Science,” it aims to increase awareness of how anyone can help local researchers move their projects forward. In Philly you can participate through events at the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Zoo and the Free Library — or hit up SciStarter’s website for other opportunities.

➡️ Read more about how to commit an act of science here

UCity coworking space closing after 10 years

After 10 years fostering entrepreneurship and collaboration, Innovation Center @3401 will close for good this summer.  As the startup world evolved over the past decade, the space adapted with it. But the pandemic-sparked rise in remote work led to a drop in demand.

It’s a sad pivot for some current tenants. “It’s always tough to lose a community, especially one that contributed so much to me both personally and professionally,” said Brandon Morton of AI company Lithero, which has been based in the space since 2019. “I will miss it.”

➡️ Read more about ic@3401’s history and what will happen to companies currently based there

News Incubator: What else to know today

• South Jersey edtech company EdLight raised $4 million in seed funding to support its machine-learning education platform. The new funding will go towards improving EdLight’s go-to-market approach, reaching more communities and increasing capacity for its technical goals. []

• We’ve announced a partial speaker lineup for the Builder’s Conference on May 9. Some Philly names on the list include Hannah Marks and Theresa Singleton. Plus, local orgs like Dream Syndicate, Ghost Robotics, Philadelphia Robotics Coalition and Philly Typewriter will be showing off tech at the evening Signature Event. []

• Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia purchased a 3.2 acre property in Grey’s Ferry for $24.75 million. This is just the latest in a series of CHOP’s real estate moves.[Philly Biz Journal]

•  Pennovation Works released its annual report, recapping progress made in 2023. Last year the Grays Ferry center hosted 114 companies and 12 academic institutions or departments. [Pennovation]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• WURD Radio is hosting a Level Up Pitch Party Competition for Black women-owned businesses on April 2. [Register Here]

• Out in Tech Philly is hosting a drag Quizzo night on April 3 at Penn Interactive Ventures [Register Here]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

Join the conversation!

Find news, events, jobs and people who share your interests on's open community Slack


Philly daily roundup: Marketing life sciences; $819M in Q1 VC; Fortune's best places to work

Philly daily roundup: A better coffee supply chain; Philly Tech Week returns; Apply to Pennovation Accelerator

Philly daily roundup: Startups want office culture; New Venture Lab cohort; Penn Med's new AI leader

What AI means for the future of SaaS: Reality vs. hype

Technically Media