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Nov. 22, 2016

Alumni startup ‘Parking Bee’ works to make parking more affordable

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.

Nov. 22, 2016

Penn State student looks to improve well-being with music

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.

Nov. 22, 2016

Student startup ‘Someonew’ paves the way for face-to-face connection

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.

Nov. 04, 2016

Barron presents Invent Penn State success stories to Board of Trustees

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.

Nov. 02, 2016

GEW Penn State will unite town and gown entrepreneurs

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.

Oct. 10, 2016

Student entrepreneurs one part of Penn State’s new venture conference

For all those people who find themselves grasping for words when meeting new people or starting conversations, Andrew Simpson, a senior in criminal justice, has the answer. Simpson started Someonew — an app to connect people with similar interests — and made the pitch for his startup as part of the Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference, held at the Penn Stater Hotel Conference Center Oct. 6 and 7.

Sep. 13, 2016

Penn State student launches startup with help of Happy Valley LaunchBox

Ishana Shekhawat, a Penn State graduate student and entrepreneur, launched a startup this summer with the help of Happy Valley LaunchBox, a no-cost business accelerator and coworking space sponsored by Invent Penn State.

Sep. 12, 2016

Summer Founders Program helps engineering students enhance startups

On Thursday, September 1, six teams of student entrepreneurs gathered together in the State College Municipal Building for Demo Day, an event that gave students the opportunity to present the work they have done as participants in Penn State’s Summer Founders Program.

Aug. 30, 2016

Entrepreneurship, Invent Penn State focus of panel discussion

Hunter Swisher, a plant science major at Penn State hasn’t graduated, but he’s already taken what’s he learned and turned it into a start-up business: a product that not only reduces phosphorus run-off from golf courses but makes better turf. He was one of the speakers who was part of a panel discussion Tuesday focused on Invent Penn State, research and fostering entrepreneurship and community partnerships.


“The Investment” competition. PennTAP supports student startups.

Apr. 13, 2017

Six student startup teams competed last weekend for $30,000 in seed funding provided through the PennTAP Inc. U program. Mod Zero, Musical Minds, Phospholutions, Rain Reality, Reflexion, and Securo pitched in ...


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Feb. 22, 2017

Learn from experts (and eat some lunch). Our Spring Speaker Series features experts and experienced entrepreneurs who share tips, tools, and actionable advice to help you engage customers, add value, and ...

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