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Evive Station Founder Taps Bright Minds at Penn State

“The support of Penn State to build the prototype and help with validating the business model was hugely beneficial for us.”

Tom Petrini

Co-Founder, Evive Station

Our programs foster a culture of entrepreneurship through innovative collaboration among business, community, and Penn State faculty and students across the Commonwealth.

In addition to funding 17 innovation hubs across Pennsylvania, Invent Pen State created and connected entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business start up training, funding for commercialization, and university-community collaborations to spur future economic development, job creation, and student career success.

Venture & IP Conference

An annual two day showcase the latest innovations from faculty, student, and alumni startups. Held at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA, the event connects promising tech companies with investors seeking ground floor opportunities.

Promising ventures from a broad spectrum of business sectors, including life sciences, agriculture, energy, advanced manufacturing, and communications and will have an opportunity to pitch potential backers during the event.

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Fund for Innovation

A commercialization program through which the Penn State Research Foundation partners with academic colleges within the University to provide matching grants to advance early-stage ideas.

Faculty-led teams use grants to pay for activities, such as creating prototypes or developing market intelligence, not typically covered by academic research funding. Grants are provided in three stages, aimed at advancing the transition of an idea to a marketable product or service.

Entrepreneurship Seed Grant Program

The Entrepreneurship Seed Grant Program is designed to grow and strengthen entrepreneurship programming throughout the Commonwealth. In its first two years, the program has awarded $50,000 grants to 17 of the 24 Penn State campuses to start or enhance community entrepreneurship centers.

Already, the effort has connected hundreds of community entrepreneurs with innovators and each other, and started dozens of companies.

Summer Founders Program

Spend a summer in State College founding your high-impact start up. Summer Founders Program provides student founders with $10,000 and a ten-week program in State College, PA. Every Thursday night during the summer, Penn State Summer Founders will meet with other founders, entrepreneurs, and mentors over a weekly dinner. Funding is made possible through the donations of other entrepreneurs.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor

Entrepreneurs and innovators exist in all industries and in all types of companies. The ENTI minor teaches students foundational skills such as innovative thinking, leadership, management, and planning.

The ENTI minor includes three core courses and three courses specific to the area of concentration, called a cluster. Clusters are designed to provide students with the skills to achieve their career goals.

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Innovation Hubs Across the Commonwealth

The Invent Penn State seed grant program provided campuses with grants of $50,000 to launch or enhance innovation hubs. The impact of these grants is far reaching, with seventeen Commonwealth communities now having Invent Penn State-affiliated spaces and programs—free to the community—that will drive innovation and economic growth.

Abington LaunchBox Penn State Abington

As a unique partnership based on a collaboration among the arts, technology, and business, the Abington Launchbox has assisted more than three dozen entrepreneurs since its founding, with both for-profit and non-profit ventures, in the “Creative Economy” and beyond. Facilitating collaborations among faculty, students, and members of the local community, our Innovation Hub features a maker space and an innovator-in-residence.

Contact: ntb102@psu.edu

Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family Penn State Altoona

Assisting in the transformation of innovative ideas into sustainable businesses for community members, students, and faculty.

Contact: djb36@psu.edu

Beaver Valley LaunchBox Penn State Beaver

The Beaver Valley innovation hub harnesses higher education resources to fuel creative endeavors in and around Beaver County, from after-school arts to student entrepreneurship to small-business development.

Contact: jsc310@psu.edu

Berks LaunchBox Penn State Berks

Enhancing community and industry relationships by utilizing entrepreneurship to accelerate business development in medical and health sectors while providing resources to encourage entrepreneurship among our students and across diverse minority populations in our region.

Contact: lrw6@psu.edu

Brandywine Boost Penn State Brandywine

Providing small business owners and early-stage startups training and support to bolster their operational success.

Contact: wjt10@psu.edu

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Penn State Harrisburg

Promoting innovations in manufacturing, technology and health care by providing entrepreneurship courses, consultation services and links to capital investment.

Contact: alh618@psu.edu

Corner LaunchBox Penn State New Kensington

A unique model melding entrepreneurship, incubation, coworking space and community-driven economic development to revitalize the city of New Kensington.

Contact: crc26@psu.edu

Fayette LaunchBox Penn State Fayette

A premier start-up and business accelerator facility providing entrepreneurial resources and activities including a flexible lab, light manufacturing, event and co-working space, pitch competitions, microgrants and 3D printing for product prototyping.

Contact: wcp13@psu.edu

Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank Penn State University Park

A no-cost business accelerator program with business, legal and intellectual property advice and co-working space for entrepreneurial teams with a scalable business concept. Happy Valley LaunchBox has supported 100s of entrepreneurs, graduated 31 startups and hosted more than 100 events.

Contact: Launchbox@psu.edu

Hazleton LaunchBox Penn State Hazleton

Our goal is to provide entrepreneurs and innovators coworking space, accelerator programs, mentorship and business startup support.

Contact: gml13@psu.edu

Innovation Commons Penn State Erie Behrend

Utilizing student skills, faculty expertise, and open collaboration to circumvent barriers to entrepreneurship, invention, product design, prototyping and business development.

Contact: jakemarsh@psu.edu

Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Penn State Lehigh Valley

A small-business accelerator program propelling concepts into reality and advancing startups to win their first customers or early investors. We award microgrants to early-stage entrepreneurs, sponsor a speaker series dedicated to female entrepreneurs and encourage young entrepreneurs with a two-week summer camp challenge.

Contact: lvlaunchbox@psu.edu

LionLaunch Penn State Schuylkill

Providing support and seed funding to encourage local entrepreneurs to develop new businesses or products.

Contact: sca31@psu.edu

Mon Valley LaunchBox Penn State Greater Allegheny

Encouraging industry expansion and new investment, while providing an incubator for emerging businesses, training for the local workforce and outreach to the community.

Contact: jxe117@psu.edu

Mont Alto LaunchBox Penn State Mont Alto

Providing resources, support and free co-working space to help early-stage and more advanced startups build a sustainable and scalable business and a viable plan for growth.

Contact: fka3@psu.edu

North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State Dubois Penn State Dubois

Supporting manufacturing competitiveness and workforce needs, growing and attracting talented innovators and entrepreneurs, and creating the new high-knowledge, high-technology businesses for the region.

Contact: msm355@psu.edu

REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship Penn State Great Valley

Engaging and encouraging Penn State students, faculty, and community members to generate innovative, commercially-viable solutions to address existing and emerging business and social needs, and supporting entrepreneurial efforts that serve the Philadelphia region.

Contact: ctm16@psu.edu

Scranton LaunchBox Penn State Scranton

Providing educational and technical support for aspiring entrepreneurs and facilitating networking opportunities for faculty, professionals and students who are passionate about building a vibrant community in downtown Scranton and the surrounding area.

Contact: jcd15@psu.edu

Think Center and WIlkes Barre Connect Penn State Wilkes-Barre

A 6,000 square foot co-working space, theater and media hall with “Connect” programs where students and entrepreneurs can meet, work, learn, train, develop and pitch their business ideas.

Contact: rco3@psu.edu

VenturePointe Penn State Shenango

A startup incubator contributing to local economic development by providing guidance, mentorship and support to Penn State Shenango students and recent alumni interested in beginning a new entrepreneurial venture. Also offering a pathway for students from high school to college through collaboration with the eAcademy at LindenPointe.

Contact: egi100@psu.edu

York LaunchBox Penn State York

A startup accelerator program, co-working space and design thinking workshops nested in Working Class, a maker space with a suite of metal, wood, and glass fabrication equipment, tools and resources to help Penn State York faculty and students, as well as community makers and entrepreneurs accelerate their ideas.

Contact: bhd5@psu.edu