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January 12 2017

Aspiring entrepreneurs encouraged to compete for seed money

Penn State Schuylkill will hold its first LionLaunch Business Plan Competition for aspiring entrepreneurs this spring.

January 12 2017

Applications for Happy Valley LaunchBox’s spring accelerator due Jan. 20

Happy Valley LaunchBox is accepting applications for its spring 2017 startup accelerator program. Interested startups may apply online to participate in the 10-week program. Applications for the spring program remain open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 20.

January 11 2017

Lion LaunchPad to offer student entrepreneurs Special Living Option in fall 2017

In the fall of 2017, Penn State will launch a new Special Living Option (SLO) at University Park for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Called Lion LaunchPad Special Living Option, the program will offer a unique living experience for up to 20 incoming freshmen in its inaugural year.

January 11 2017

Barron’s WPSU show to highlight entrepreneurship, small business development

The best practices for and challenges facing student entrepreneurs and small business owners will be discussed during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper” with Penn State President Eric J. Barron. The show will premiere at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15 on WPSU-TV.

December 15 2016

Penn Staters work together to share voice technology with teen in Sri Lanka

Inside a simple room in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a Penn State researcher and Penn State alumna recently helped Danush use, for the first time, a communication device which another Penn State graduate developed.

November 22 2016

Local entrepreneurs launch startup for personalized funeral urns

Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Lehigh Valley LaunchBox hosted Meet & Greet event for area entrepreneurs.

November 22 2016

Penn State student looks to improve well-being with music

Alex Patin, a Penn State junior majoring in computer science, is tapping into neuroscience as CEO of Musical Minds, a company that’s working to recognize the unique emotional connections we each have to music in hopes of improving our states of being.

November 22 2016

Student startup ‘Someonew’ paves the way for face-to-face connection

Kenny Dundorf and Andrew Simpson are co-founders of Someonew, a mobile application that aims to bring strangers with mutual interests together face-to-face. Dundorf and Simpson were awarded a grant through Lion LaunchPad, a business accelerator program at Penn State that supports student entrepreneurs.

November 21 2016

Alumni startup ‘Parking Bee’ works to make parking more affordable

While interning with Merrill Lynch two summers ago, Mike Black found his weekly commute into New York City was costing him $45 a day in parking fees alone. “That’s when it hit me,” said Black, who graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a degree in finance. “I would have happily paid $30 a day to rent my friend’s space. And he was gone for a whole week — he could have made $150 on his spot.” With help from Lion LaunchPad, Black took that idea and transformed it into the startup Parking Bee.