Success Stories

Birgitt Boschitsch is cleaning up the world. One toilet at a time.  Boschitsch co-founded spotLESS Materials with Dr. Tak-Sing Wong based on a discovery made by her lab mate and fellow doctoral student, Jing Wang. Wang developed a liquid-entrenched smooth surface (LESS) coating that can be applied to glass, some metals, and ceramic to enable them…
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In the lab of assistant professor Lauren Zarzar, Ph.D., in Penn State's Eberly College of Science, Zarzar and graduate students Amy Goodling and Caleb Meredith were studying droplets of water for use in lenses. They happened to notice certain conditions where the droplets were colored. This observation enabled them to understand and…
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Who knew back in 2015 when Occupational Therapy Assistant students Ali Izzo and Holly Masters met as Penn State freshman that their budding friendship would blossom into a growing entrepreneurial enterprise that today is changing the lives of older Americans? Masters and Izzo's desire to help aging Americans incubated over…
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Invent Penn State is expanding its footprint in Reading, PA to enable budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their ideas into businesses that positively impact the community. Penn State Berks recently opened its second LaunchBox location at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street. It will augment the…
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Rachel Herder knows a thing or two about how complex systems work. As director of the Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic and assistant professor of clinical law, she leverages her multiple degrees and experience in life sciences patent law to help entrepreneurs across Pennsylvania determine how to properly secure a patent,…
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Every parent knows college students like sleep. College of Engineering graduate John-Thomas “JT” Marino, however, committed all his energy to sleep after graduating in 2012 when he started Tuft & Needle – a direct-to-consumer online mattress retailer with a "bed in a box" concept – completely disrupting the way consumers purchase…
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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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