In 2003, a group of predominantly African-American, Philadelphia business leaders came together to address the historic disconnect between people of color and the scientific community. As a response, in 2004, they established iPRAXIS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to channel scientific talent in the Philadelphia region and use it to foster opportunities that engage underrepresented communities in science and technology through education and entrepreneurship.

iPRAXIS supports education through the Inspire Program. Inspire is based on Scienteers, who are a dedicated group of scientists, engineers, post-docs and graduate students that volunteer their time to mentor young students and motivate them to pursue an interest in science. At the end of the school year, the achievements of science fair winners, their families, teachers, Scienteers, and community partners are celebrated at the annual iFUNCTION awards ceremony.

iPRAXIS supports entrepreneurship and commercialization through our bench2BUSINESS conference. Bench2BUSINESS brings together aspiring and established scientists and entrepreneurs of color with biotech advisors and investors who can offer skills and wisdom about venture opportunities in the life sciences. This conference is the first of its kind in the nation, and through it, we hope to create a strong network along with an abundance of resources for the local science community.

iPRAXIS' third focus is on advocacy. We attend local events dealing with youth education, the science industry and minority outreach initiatives to increase awareness about concerns and reasons for change.

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