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August 14 2017

York celebrates the launch of Working Class and Start-Up Challenge winners

Penn State President Eric Barron, Penn State York officials and Erin Casey, co-founder and board member of Working Class, announced the launch of Working Class, a makerspace partnership, to a crowd of more than 100 on Aug. 9 on the stage of the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at Penn State York. The winners of the 2016-17 Start-Up Challenge, a business pitch competition for students, were also recognized during this celebration of entrepreneurship, leadership, partnerships and innovation.

August 10 2017

Shenango celebrates opening of VenturePointe incubator

Penn State President Eric Barron, along with other Penn State administrators, legislators, advisory and alumni board members, faculty, staff, students and members of the community, gathered at the eCenter@LindenPointe in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Penn State Shenango’s VenturePointe — an incubator for start-up resources for both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit agencies.

August 10 2017

Penn State Schuylkill’s LionLaunch Innovation Hub celebrates opening

Penn State Schuylkill has opened its LionLaunch Innovation Hub, a space for entrepreneurs to start or grow their small business. This space is funded by Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success.

August 09 2017

Happy Valley LaunchBox graduates summer 2017 startup cohort

Happy Valley LaunchBox hosted a community event for five startups graduating from its business startup accelerator program on Aug. 8 in downtown State College. The graduates joined more than 30 other startups that have gone through the accelerator since it opened in February 2016.

August 03 2017

Video: Penn State researchers find new solution to combat age-old bedbug problem

A team of Penn State scientists has developed a potential game-changer in the war against bedbugs — a naturally derived, fungal-based pesticide that uses the bugs’ own natural tendencies to humankind’s advantage.

July 31 2017

York announces launch of Working Class and winners of student Start-Up Challenge

Penn State President Eric Barron, Penn State York officials, and Erin Casey, co-founder and board member of Working Class, will announce the launch of Working Class, a makerspace partnership, at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 9 in the theater of the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the York campus. The winners of the Start-Up Challenge at Penn State York also will be announced at the event.

July 25 2017

Sunrise, sunset forecasting tool SunsetWx partners with The Weather Channel

The sun is again shining on SunsetWx, a sunrise and sunset forecasting tool devised by a trio of current and former Penn State students. The Weather Channel, one of the world’s foremost providers of weather information, has partnered with SunsetWx and will feature its exclusive forecasting methodology on two of the network’s popular shows, AMHQ and Weather Underground.

July 12 2017

Telecomm major angling for the next big idea

Pedro Roch, a telecommunications major with entrepreneurial interest, appreciates the opportunity his summer internship provides to explore potential career options.

July 03 2017

Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Challenge teaches students to think like a boss

The Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Challenge was held from June 19 to June 30 and gave students the opportunity to experience life as an entrepreneur. The event culminated in a pitch competition on June 29 at the Lehigh Valley campus where students presented their ideas for new businesses.

June 27 2017

Invent Penn State reviews 20-year tech transfer legacy as Ron Huss retires

Invent Penn State may seem like an overnight success, but underpinning that idea is a 20-year legacy of deliberate tech transfer policy and program development, most of which happened under the steady leadership of Ron Huss, associate vice president for research and director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM). Huss is retiring June 30th after 20 years of service to Penn State.

June 26 2017

Xact Metal’s 3D-printing technology launches

3D-printing startup Xact Metal’s unique technology and promising new product began with a big idea in a dorm room at Penn State Berks.

June 20 2017

Prepare to Launch

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.

June 08 2017

Invent Penn State initiative awards four $50,000 seed grants to campuses

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.

June 08 2017

Fayette campus wins $50,000 Invent Penn State grant

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.

June 08 2017

Brandywine campus receives $50,000 Invent Penn State seed grant

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.

June 08 2017

Penn State Worthington Scranton receives $50,000 Invent Penn State grant

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).

June 08 2017

Mont Alto awarded LaunchBox funding to support entrepreneurial activities

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.

June 08 2017

Invent Penn State backs TEAMology with $75,000 award from Fund for Innovation

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.