By the Numbers

Success Through Partnerships

Launched in 2015, Invent Penn State spurs economic development, job creation, and student career success by blending entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and university/community/industry collaborations that facilitate the process of turning research discoveries into valuable products and services. Below you can find research, tech transfer, industry partnerships, and LaunchBox & Innovation Network activity and outcomes data from the start of the initiative through 2020.

*Two types of startup activity are reflected below–research-based tech transfer and community innovation space activity


Research Expenditures
Since 2015 Penn State has eclipsed $4.5 billion in research expenditures. More than 5200 researchers work across colleges, institutes, and disciplines.
2015-16 $836M
2016-17 $863M
2017-18 $921M
2018-19 $968M
2019-20 $1.01B
Total $4.598 Billion
Technology Transfer
From patents and licenses issued to affiliated startup licenses granted, Penn State is rapidly growing and advancing its technology transfer pipeline.

*The Penn State research and tech transfer data on this page was provided by the Office of Technology Management. The data covers the Invent Penn State initiative through the most recent reporting year (2015 – 2019) and reflects adjusted data as of 2/11/2020.
Patents Issued Licenses & Options Startup Licenses & Options
2015 37 24 8
2016 40 20 6
2017 66 32 8
2018 48 15 7
2019 58 7 2
2020 49 15 2
Total 288 113 33
Industry Research Projects
Penn State engages in hundreds of industry projects across a wide variety of industry sectors each year.
Average per Year 500
Assisting Entrepreneurs
Through accelerator programs, legal clinics and other services, the LaunchBox & Innovation Network reaches thousands of student, faculty and community entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs Assisted 4,976
Faculty, Staff and Students Engaged 13,151
New Startups and Products
Accelerator programs like “Idea TestLab” and “FastTrack Accelerator” supported new business startups, and high-tech makerspaces supported new product development projects.
Startup Program Graduates 464
Product Development Projects 309
Completed Product Development Projects 201
Job Creation
Accelerator programs, no-cost legal and IP advice, and connections to pitch competitions and other funding sources speed the formation of companies, valuable internships, and new jobs.
Internships Created 486
New PA Companies 218
Jobs Created 302.5