Open to community and Penn State entrepreneurs and innovators, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Penn State is set for Nov. 8-12. Presented by the Penn State Small Business Development Center, GEW Penn State connects community members and aspiring entrepreneurs with Penn State’s vibrant ecosystem of investors, researchers and startup champions.
Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox is the lead sponsor of the third annual StartUp Lehigh Valley Entrepreneur Pitch Competition, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Factory LLC in Bethlehem.
Dare to Disrupt is a new podcast from Invent Penn State about alumni who are innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders, and the stories behind their success. The first episode features Matt Brezina, a 2003 Schreyer Honors College and College of Engineering graduate.
Opened in September 2019, the 4,000 square foot Hazleton LaunchBox offers a myriad of services to its clients, including co-working space, startup educational programs and consulting, legal and intellectual property clinics, and even website design — all for little or no cost. Hazleton LaunchBox has already hosted more than 200 community members and provided a range of services and support for more than 30 businesses.
No-cost resources, including prototyping and 3D printing services, from Berks LaunchBox helped propel local startup World Brand forward.
Open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, the seven-week virtual challenge is designed to teach students key strategies for launching a product or startup, how to identify and solve problems, and how to work together as a team.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Penn State $1.5 million as one of eight universities selected to participate in the Mid-Atlantic NSF I-Corps Hub, led by the University of Maryland. This funding will enable Penn State to expand entrepreneurial training to academic researchers in science and engineering to foster and maintain U.S. global leadership in innovation.
The Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 2021-22 FastTrack Accelerator will have three information sessions leading up to its application deadline of Nov. 1. The 15-week, no-cost business accelerator, which helps startups advance from a validated idea to attaining their first customer, will run from December 2021 through April 2022.
Robert and Cynthia Van Druff, longtime supporters of Penn State Greater Allegheny have pledged $100,000 to create the Robert A. Van Druff and Cynthia A. Dawso Van Druff LaunchBox Endowment