Success Stories

During the Board of Trustees Committee meeting on Outreach, Development and Community Relations on Nov. 14, collaborators in the Invent Penn State initiative — the Office of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, Penn State New Kensington and their Corner LaunchBox, and the Office of Government…
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Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank has accepted six new early-stage startup businesses into its FastTrack Accelerator program. The business ideas range from Lyme disease-carrying tick defense for athletes to 3D printing parts for silicone prototyping to helping small businesses grow their customer pipeline. Through a competitive entry program, Fast Track drew…
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April 2019, during Startup Week, was a homecoming for 2008 Penn State Magna Cum Laude graduate, Hillary Lewis Murray. After graduating from Penn State, Murray’s life became busy and she lost touch with the University. Five years later, Murray founded her business Lumi Organics while an MBA student at the…
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Shortly after the recent 2019 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference kicked off, Penn State University President Eric Barron welcomed eight Penn State student researchers and entrepreneurs to center stage for them to compete in the Student Startup Showcase – a forum for Penn State’s best and brightest student…
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Back in 2009, Penn State University began an experiment with Volvo Group North America that now, a decade later, is considered a national model for the development and sustainability of a holistic approach to corporate engagement. Today, the Volvo Group and Penn State are building on that world-class model by…
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In its 11th year, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Penn State provided a unique opportunity for student and community entrepreneurs and innovators to network and learn from one another in unique environments on and off campus. GEW featured 56 events — 26 events at University Park and 30 across 11 Commonwealth Campuses —…
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To most people, improving antireflection coatings (ARCs) usually doesn’t hit the “to-do list.” Good thing the world has folks like Chris Giebink, associate professor of electrical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering. His work, with the assistance of current and former post-doctoral researchers, J.P. Murphy, Baomin Wang and graduate student…
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Penn State student and faculty research innovations and discoveries with potential to have a significant impact on the world might begin in the lab or a classroom, but they don’t stay there. The work continues to advance and be strengthened by Invent Penn State’s unyielding commitment to a robust startup…
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On September 19, the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 16-stop road tour across the U.S. came to Penn State University Park to connect tech entrepreneurs to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Also known as America’s…
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