Steve Welch (R-PA)
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Steven D. “Steve” Welch
Steve Welch 2012 Senatorial Candidate Pennsylvania Class I
Biography of Steve Welch from Friends of Steve Welch
The son of an engineer and a teacher, Steve grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University, where he earned a Mechanical Engineering degree.
Steve married his childhood best friend Nicole. They live in Malvern, Chester County and are proud parents of a passionate 5 year old daughter, a lively 2 year old son, and a precious new-born daughter.
Steve started his first big entrepreneurial success, Mitos, in 2001 with hardly a cent to his name. Under Steve’s guidance, Mitos developed several critical patents which transformed the biological drug and vaccine industries, and allowed Mitos to flourish. The company still resides in Phoenixville, PA under Parker Hannifin guidance.
Following the sale of Mitos, Steve co-founded DreamIt Ventures, a new business accelerator model that has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal as a new model for launching technology companies. In just four years, DreamIt Ventures has helped launch 64 new companies.
DreamIt is now running programs in Philadelphia, New York and Tel Aviv, Israel, and turning out 25+ technology companies per year. From this experience, Steve has worked with hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs to turn their dreams into reality.
As an Eisenhower Fellow, Steve has spent time around the world studying all aspects of economic development. Throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, Steve has examined how government policy, technology transfer institutions, funding sources, and culture impact economic development.
In 2010, Steve published “We Are All Born Entrepreneurs” in which he uses his story and those of over a dozen other entrepreneurs to explain what drives invention, innovation, and job creation, while at the same time sharing lessons learned from the success — and failures — of entrepreneurs.
Steve’s great passion has always been education. In 2011, he founded education technology company KinderTown. KinderTown is a business designed to help parents engage in their children’s education at an early age.