Success Stories

Control LTD won the $10,000 first-place prize in the Ben Franklin Technology Partners TechCelerator @ State College virtual pitch event, where eight entrepreneurial teams pitched their business concepts for more than $10,000 in prizes this past spring. Teams showcased products and services which spanned health care, agriculture, and creative markets…
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In 2013, Swatee launched Litesprite, a health tech startup developing award-winning digital therapeutic purpose-driven games for chronic conditions. Litesprite has the mission of destigmatizing mental health issues and removing barriers to the tools people need. In this episode, Swatee talks about how her love for interdisciplinary fields, or “mashups,” grew,…
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When Mel McDaniel began her career as an interior designer in 2006, she quickly realized how many homeowners are constantly trying to get rid of or donate their old furniture. She never wanted her clients’ lightly used furniture to go to waste, so McDaniel would haul things like couches, chairs,…
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People with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes often experience suppressed wound healing. This means that for 25% of diabetics who get a foot ulcer, an open sore that’s usually located on the bottom of the foot, the wound tends to worsen, making it exceedingly difficult to treat. Penn…
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In 2005, Sean Black was part of the founding team for the online real estate marketplace site Trulia. After taking off during the mortgage crisis of 2008, Trulia was eventually acquired by Zillow for $2.5 billion. Now, Sean and his co-founder Jamie Glenn are focused on growing Knock.com, which helps…
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Open to the community as well as Penn State faculty, staff and students, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank is now accepting applications for its four-week Virtual Idea TestLab, which is designed to help teams evaluate the viability of their business ideas by coaching them through a proven method…
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WPSU-TV will televise “The Investment,” the final round of the Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition, at 9 p.m. on May 16 and again at 6 p.m. on May 21. During “The Investment,” six Penn State student startups compete for up to $30,000 in funding that will help advance their companies.…
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Penn State students, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs joined with venture firms and startup champions from across the United States for the 2022 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, April 28-29, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The 2022 conference tapped the energy of more than 450 attendees,…
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Illuminate Therapeutics, a game changer in the way head and neck cancers are treated, earned the grand prize cash award of $75,000 at the Invent Penn State Tech Tournament, held April 28-29 at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, during the 2022 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference.…
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