Creative thinking is a cornerstone of the Happy Valley LaunchBox, a business startup training program that is part of the statewide Invent Penn State initiative. Here, meet five Launch Teams and the businesses they started.
The Invent Penn State initiative announced the awarding of four $50,000 seed grants to develop additional innovation hubs to jump-start entrepreneurial activities in campus communities across the Commonwealth. Awarded by a competitive selection process, the four grants will go to the Brandywine, Fayette, Mont Alto and Worthington Scranton campuses.
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, is the recipient of a $50,000 seed grant through the Invent Penn State initiative to expand entrepreneurial endeavors, it was announced today (June 8) by Charles Patrick, chancellor and chief academic officer at the Fayette campus.
Through a $50,000 seed grant from the Invent Penn State initiative, the Brandywine campus will launch a new program this year that encourages collaboration between campus members and business owners in Delaware and Chester counties.
Penn State Worthington Scranton has received a $50,000 Invent Penn State grant to establish a pre-incubator in the city of Scranton’s South Side as part of an ongoing neighborhood revitalization effort, Chancellor Marwan A. Wafa, announced today (June 8).
As part of Penn State President Eric Barron’s Invent Penn State initiative, Penn State Mont Alto is one of four Commonwealth Campuses to receive a three-year, $50,000 grant to develop the LaunchBox ― an incubator to help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their ideas and take their products and services to market.
While obtaining her master of education in Penn State’s counselor education program in 2006, Linsey Covert, now an instructor in the Penn State College of Education, developed a framework for a K-8 school-wide program to reduce bullying through team-building, leadership development and peer intervention. The program, called Project TEAM, nurtures interconnected life skills like resiliency and leadership that motivate kids to succeed.
Penn State Shenango’s VenturePointe, an incubator for start-up resources for both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit agencies, supported its first internship this past spring to immerse a Shenango campus student into the entrepreneurial incubation process at the eCenter@LindenPointe in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
From game-based e-learning courses to handcrafted outdoor tools to portable devices protecting ATM PIN numbers, Penn State Great Valley’s first-ever Student Pitch Day drew a wide variety of student entrepreneurs. Each shared their ideas with faculty and area professionals and competed for cash prizes.