Success Stories

A first-place prize of $7,500 was awarded to local startup Marqo in the Ben Franklin Technology Partners TechCelerator @ State College virtual pitch event, where six entrepreneurial teams pitched their business concepts for more than $10,000 in prizes at the end of 2021. Teams showcased products, platforms, and services that…
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Last year, three appointments were made to the Office of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization at Penn State, expanding expertise within the University's innovation ecosystem. Lee Erickson has been appointed as the associate director, responsible for economic development and student programs, effective Dec. 1; Ryan Mandell has been appointed as the director of…
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This article is part of a series celebrating the five-year anniversary of Invent Penn State’s LaunchBox & Innovation Hub Network. Learn more here. When Joel Sakyi first arrived at Penn State, he found himself far from home and in search of organizations and people to connect with. This yearning led him…
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Jess Weiner is a cultural expert and creative who has spent 26 years researching and educating on cultural trends in order to help people feel seen, heard + understood. She is a bestselling author, podcast host and speaker who has connected with audiences from the White House to Wall Street. …
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This article is part of a series celebrating the five-year anniversary of Invent Penn State’s LaunchBox & Innovation Hub Network. Learn more here. Ali Izzo and Holly Masters co-founded Purpose The Therapeutic Subscription Box, LLC as students at Penn State Shenango in June 2018, working out of VenturePointe at the eCenter…
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This fall, the Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic (EAC) launched an Underserved Small Businesses (USB) legal services program, which targets entrepreneurs who are generally categorized as socially and economically disadvantaged. The program is an extension of the existing EAC program, adding targeted educational outreach to qualifying entrepreneurs including people…
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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Penn State, presented by the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), hosted a total of 52 events across Penn State campus communities from Nov. 8-12. Seven more will occur in the coming weeks, bringing the grand total to 59 events. Events were held via online,…
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Mental healthcare workers often end up with a large amount of patient intake data – including each patient’s symptoms, health information, and screening assessment scores. This data is mainly captured through paper forms. For practicing providers, this means reading through hundreds of paper forms and spending hours manually entering patient…
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This article is part of a series celebrating the five-year anniversary of Invent Penn State’s LaunchBox & Innovation Hub Network. Learn more here. Located on Fifth Avenue in downtown New Kensington, The Corner LaunchBox has helped a majority of the businesses on its own street, and in return, has helped revitalize…
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