Gov. Wolf Impressed by Tech at Philly’s Pennovation Center

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Image via Twitter.

Image via Twitter.

Funding the state’s entrepreneurs is one part of Governor Wolf’s new budget proposal for Pennsylvania, and he made a stop in Philly on Wednesday to have a look at exactly the kind of innovation he’d like to support.

Today, we toured @PennovationCtr[1] and met with local leaders on budget initiatives that will support PA’s economy. https://t.co/8KpjDXhsrD[2] pic.twitter.com/QPHTnzHiGG[3]

— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 29, 2017[4]

He was wowed at the Pennovation Center, where the startups Biobots[5], Cytovas[6], Cosy[7], Iqinetics[8], Biorealize[9], Neuroflow[10] and Ostiio all got the chance to describe their technology during a roundtable discussion or provide live demos during a tour of the innovation hub. The startups shared their personal stories and connection to Penn and Philadelphia, drawing attention to the connection between academic research and commercialization.

PA Gov. Tom Wolf stopped by the @PennovationCtr[1] offices to check out what's happening in #phillytech[11] pic.twitter.com/VRTWqWo0DC[12]

— COSY (@cosyrobo) March 29, 2017[13]

During the roundtable discussion, Wolf took interest in figuring out how the state could support Philadelphia’s ecosystem to retain the startups founded here.

Roundtable discussion with PA Governor #TomWolf and our talented members.[14]

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“The Pennovation Center is a shining example of what business incubators can accomplish,” Governor Wolf’s team said in a video recap about the visit.

“What I see here is people who have a spark [that] has been lit,” said[15] Gov. Wolf. “What we want to do is make sure we also encourage them to stay here and apply the skills and knowledge they learned here to Pennsylvania.”

Follow @fabiolacineas[16] on Twitter.

Endnotes:
  1. @PennovationCtr: https://twitter.com/PennovationCtr?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  2. https://t.co/8KpjDXhsrD: https://t.co/8KpjDXhsrD
  3. pic.twitter.com/QPHTnzHiGG: https://t.co/QPHTnzHiGG
  4. March 29, 2017: https://twitter.com/GovernorTomWolf/status/847177919122300928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  5. Biobots: https://www.biobots.io
  6. Cytovas: http://www.cytovas.com
  7. Cosy: http://www.cosyrobo.com
  8. Iqinetics: http://iqinetics.com
  9. Biorealize: http://www.biorealize.com
  10. Neuroflow: http://www.neuroflowsolution.com
  11. #phillytech: https://twitter.com/hashtag/phillytech?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  12. pic.twitter.com/VRTWqWo0DC: https://t.co/VRTWqWo0DC
  13. March 29, 2017: https://twitter.com/cosyrobo/status/847095634138189824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  14. Roundtable discussion with PA Governor #TomWolf and our talented members.: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSOb7-eFZ9t/
  15. said: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/03/29/governor-wolf-highlights-importance-of-tech-startups-at-pennovation-center/#.WNwODKnK5gA.twitter
  16. @fabiolacineas: https://twitter.com/FabiolaCineas

Source URL: https://www.phillymag.com/business/2017/03/30/gov-wolf-impressed-tech-phillys-pennovation-center/