Happy Valley LaunchBox is accepting applications for its spring 2017 startup accelerator program. Interested startups may apply online to participate in the 10-week program. Applications for the spring program remain open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 20.
In the fall of 2017, Penn State will launch a new Special Living Option (SLO) at University Park for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Called Lion LaunchPad Special Living Option, the program will offer a unique living experience for up to 20 incoming freshmen in its inaugural year.
The Voz Box is the result of Project Vive, founded by Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, a 2016 graduate of the Penn State College of Engineering and Schreyer Honors College. The company, inspired by her time as an exchange student in Ecuador where she volunteered at an orphanage for children and adults with disabilities, works to give a voice to the voiceless.
Entrepreneurship and cross-college collaboration was a winning combination for students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) who took part in the mHealth Challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.
While interning with Merrill Lynch two summers ago, Mike Black found his weekly commute into New York City was costing him $45 a day in parking fees alone. “That’s when it hit me,” said Black, who graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a degree in finance. “I would have happily paid $30 a day to rent my friend’s space. And he was gone for a whole week — he could have made $150 on his spot.” With help from Lion LaunchPad, Black took that idea and transformed it into the startup Parking Bee.
Alex Patin, a Penn State junior majoring in computer science, is tapping into neuroscience as CEO of Musical Minds, a company that’s working to recognize the unique emotional connections we each have to music in hopes of improving our states of being.
Kenny Dundorf and Andrew Simpson are co-founders of Someonew, a mobile application that aims to bring strangers with mutual interests together face-to-face. Dundorf and Simpson were awarded a grant through Lion LaunchPad, a business accelerator program at Penn State that supports student entrepreneurs.
University President Eric Barron shared some Invent Penn State success stories with the Board of Trustees at its meeting Friday (Nov. 4), held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at Penn State, Nov. 13-17, will bring together student and community entrepreneurs with start-up events and workshops on 12 Penn State campuses — including University Park. GEW is an international event celebrating world-wide entrepreneurship in more than 160 countries and organized at Penn State by the Penn State Small Business Development Center.
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