A Pennsylvania charter school is incubating startups

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

String Theory Schools has launched a new kind of incubator, where startups exchange their expertise and mentorship for free office space, access to state-of-the-art facilities and the knowledge that they’re training Philadelphia’s youth.

It’s another way the charter school is using Philly resources to teach its middle school and high school students. In its first year, students at the Center City school learned how to grow tilapia in their aquaponics lab. They then learned how to cook the fish with the Vetri Foundation — chef Marc Vetri’s nonprofit focused on teaching students how to eat healthy.

String Theory, which opened the city’s first arts and science-focused charter school last fall, accepted its first tenant last month, game studio PHL Collective. They’re looking for tech, biotech and life sciences companies to join the incubator, said COO Jason Corosanite.

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