Latest News from Invent Penn State

September 11 2023

‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur on latest episode of Dare to Disrupt podcast

In the latest episode of Invent Penn State’s “Dare to Disrupt” podcast, host Ryan Newman interviews Joe Altieri, “Shark Tank” entrepreneur and FlexScreen inventor and CEO.

September 07 2023

Penn State seeking increased per-student support in 2024-25 funding request

Penn State leaders are requesting increased appropriations for the 2024-25 fiscal year that, if approved by the commonwealth, would narrow the per-student funding gap that exists between Penn State and Pennsylvania’s other public universities. The funding request is being submitted as a part of the commonwealth’s annual budget process.

September 05 2023

Customized integrative arts major prepares alumna for career in music business

Vanessa Sexton, a recent Penn State Abington graduate who is now enrolled in the MBA program at Penn State Great Valley, is quickly advancing in her career thanks to the diverse and marketable curriculum that is only available through Abington’s customizable integrative arts major.

August 28 2023

Test your startup idea: Apply for Idea TestLab at Happy Valley LaunchBox

Applications for the fall 2023 Idea TestLab offered by Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank are open until midnight, Sept. 18. The four-week program helps participants determine if their startup idea can be turned into a viable business.

August 28 2023

Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic supports Pa. businesses

From bridal shops to board game stores to metal-roofing contractors, over 1,400 small businesses across 64 Pennsylvania counties have received legal support from the Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic in the past year alone.

August 24 2023

Student founders grow their startups through Summer Founders Program

Invent Penn State’s Summer Founders Program, which provides each student team with a $15,000 grant to work on their startup, social good or nonprofit idea over the summer at Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, concluded with a final startup showcase on Aug. 9.

August 15 2023

No-cost, virtual short course helps researchers test startup ideas

Penn State’s NSF I-Corps Short Course is now accepting applications for its Sept. 29–Oct. 13 cohort. The no-cost virtual program helps researchers test a startup idea through customer discovery and lean startup methodology. Apply by Sept. 15. 

August 14 2023

Businesses grow through Penn State Wilkes-Barre LaunchBox program

Idea TestLab, a program sponsored by the Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Lehigh Valley LaunchBoxes, has contributed to the success of two growing small businesses. An opportunity for members of the community to explore the viability of their business ideas, the program is starting a new, virtual session in the fall at no cost.

August 10 2023

Berks LaunchBox announces Summer 2023 Pitch Competition winners

The Berks LaunchBox powered by Penn State recently announced the pitch winners of its Summer 2023 Pitch Competition: Bapanada took first place, 4G Nutrition took second, and Aquamate and Mindful Roots tied for third place. Total prizes awarded totaled $1,200 in seed funding.

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