Steve Welch

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Steve Welch is a Pennsylvania businessman who ran as a Republican for the United States Senate in the 2012 election, losing to Tom Smith in the primary.[1]

Welch was endorsed by Governor Corbett, State Republican Party, Philadelphia Inquirer[2] and Pittsburgh Post Gazette.[3]

Welch was raised in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he still resides in the borough of Malvern.[4] Welch, a former Democrat, graduated from Unionville High School and earned an engineering degree from Penn State University.[5]

In 2001, he founded a pharmaceutical company, Mitos, that made flu vaccines more efficient.[5][6] Welch sold Mitos to Parker Hannifin in July 2007.

He later founded two other companies, DreamIt Ventures, which helps new businesses get started, and KinderTown, an educational technology business.[5]

In 2013 Welch sold KinderTown to Demme Learning.

Forbes ranked DreamIt Ventures the number 3 accelerator in the world.[7]


  1. ^ Brennan, Kevin (24 April 2012). "Smith Wins Pennsylvania Senate GOP Primary". National Journal. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Welch for Senate" The Philadelphia Inquirer April 8, 2012
  3. ^ "Welch for the GOP: The endorsed Senate candidate is best of the bunch" Pittsburgh Post Gazette April 17, 2012
  4. ^ "About Steve". Steve Welch for Senate. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Eric S. Smith (April 16, 2012). "Chester County businessman running for Senate". Daily Local News. 
  6. ^ Cynthia Burton (April 8, 2012). "Welch for Senate". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  7. ^ Forbes April 30, 2012