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PNC Bank commits $1 million to power Happy Valley LaunchBox

Penn State is deeply grateful for PNC’s leadership in supporting Happy Valley LaunchBox. We believe that our innovation hubs are key to driving economic development in Pennsylvania, and contributions from alumni, friends and corporate partners like PNC will ensure that our innovation hubs can serve Pennsylvania’s communities for years to come.

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Penn State President

Your generous gifts enable the next generation of Penn State student, faculty, and community entrepreneurs and changemakers to rise.

Mentor a Team

Give the gift of time and experience. Student teams need industry experts to participate in customer discovery and mentors who can help them network and advance their ideas.

Sponsor Programs & Events

Provide the gift of immersive educational experiences outside of the classroom. From programs like Idea TestLab, FastTrack Accelerator, and Summer Founders to events like Startup Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week budding entrepreneurs need specialized teaching, coaching, and pitching experiences to accelerate their startups.

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Your gift will provide ongoing support, annual support or meet immediate needs. Your generous major gift may qualify for University matching and place your name on innovation spaces, equipment, and programs—or even entire buildings.

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Mentor a Team

Give the gift of time and experience. Student teams need industry experts to participate in customer discovery and mentors who can help them network and advance their ideas.

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Sponsor Programs & Events

Provide the gift of immersive educational experiences outside of the classroom. From programs like Idea TestLab, FastTrack Accelerator, and Summer Founders to events like Startup Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week budding entrepreneurs need specialized teaching, coaching, and pitching experiences to accelerate their startups.

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Make a Gift

Your gift will provide ongoing support, annual support or meet immediate needs. Your generous major gift may qualify for University matching and place your name on innovation spaces, equipment, and programs—or even entire buildings.

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Penn State's Newest Innovation Space

This six-story, state-of-the-art, multi-use innovation facility is scheduled to open Fall 2021 in downtown State College on Burrowes Street. The facility will be the new home of Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, and offer high-tech digital, wood, and metal makerspace as well as co-working space, accelerator programs, and events. Your gift will enable student, faculty, and community entrepreneurs and makers to connect, learn, and turn their ideas into valuable products and businesses. Learn More.

 

The Downtown Innovation Hub will be the hub for entrepreneurship in State College.

Research Priorities & Impact

Penn State’s more than 5,000 researchers work daily to solve society’s greatest challenges in energy, the environment, human health, and more. Your gift to support emerging technologies can help create the next breakthrough that improves or extends human lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Penn State’s research expenditures exceeded $1 billion in fiscal year 2019-20.

LaunchBoxes & Innovation Hubs

Your gift to one of 21 LaunchBoxes and Innovation Hubs will connect startups to the resources they need to build sustainable and scalable businesses—no-cost co-working space, makerspace, accelerator programs, legal and intellectual property advice, and more. Since 2015 the hubs have supported 2,516 entrepreneurs, engaged 7,143 students, graduated 224 startups, and completed 208 product development projects.

 

 

Penn State instructor, Brian Cliette, speaks at Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank about digital marketing as part of the Happy Valley LaunchBox Speaker Series.

Summer Founders

Your gift to the Summer Founders program provides student teams support they need to work full-time on their ventures over the summer and get access to resources like mentorship, accelerator programming, co-working space, raw materials for prototyping work, expertise like programming, and funding for travel and customer discovery.

 

 

 

The 2020 Summer Founders program supported more teams with more funding than ever before.

Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference

One of the largest tech startup conferences in the Mid-Atlantic, the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference highlights innovations from high-growth and emerging markets such as FinTech, EdTech, Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, and Healthcare. The event draws 600+ attendees from across the US—70+ startup ventures, 40+ venture capital firms, A-list keynotes. Your gift enables a showcase of emerging Penn State technologies, startups, and student entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

The Student Startup Showcase provided student startups with the opportunity to pitch their startups to a crowd of investors and entrepreneurs.

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