ic@3401 Adds “Character” to its Repertoire

A best-selling author and an international law firm are joining Philadelphia’s largest group of funded early-stage tech companies. “Grit” author Angela Duckworth and her team at Character Lab have joined Philadelphia’s ic@3401 as an anchor tenant. Also joining the ic@3401 community is Cooley, an international law firm with decades of experience supporting high-growth companies in the technology and life sciences industries.

Character Lab’s team of scientists, designers and educators is advancing the science and practice of character development in primary and secondary schools. The organization designs, funds, and implements research in schools; creates interactive online activities for students and professional development and materials for teachers; and new measures of character for learning and growth.

Character Lab was founded in 2013 by “Grit” author Angela Duckworth, who is also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant;” Dave Levin, co-founder of the KIPP public charter schools; and Dominic Randolph, head of Riverdale Country School. The organization was originally established in New York City as a 501(c)(3) and moved to Philadelphia in 2016.

Cooley is one of the largest full-service law firms in the world, and a leader among those representing high-growth companies in the technology and life sciences industries. The firm represents over 5,000 emerging growth companies currently, including over a third of the US companies listed in The Wall Street Journal’s Billion Dollar Startup Club. Cooley attorneys will become active members of the ic@3401 community.

“Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that character is important: When it comes to a kid’s achievement and well-being, character is at least as consequential as are IQ and socioeconomic status” says Angela Duckworth, Founder & CEO. “Character Lab is dedicated to helping kids develop character strengths. But knowing how to cultivate character is an age-old challenge. Solving an old problem requires new thinking. We think that the Innovation Center @3401 can help us do that. It provides a space for us to do audacious, creative work.”

Launched in 2014 as a partnership between Drexel University and the University City Science Center, ic@3401 allows members to tap into the creative minds of academia and…

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