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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.

Aug. 02, 2016

State College named one of 15 best U.S. cities for entrepreneurs

State College has been named one of the “15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch” by Entrepreneur magazine, citing the town’s “promising unemployment rate and business growth rate” and proximity to Penn State’s University Park campus. The University recently redoubled its commitment to entrepreneurship when it launched Invent Penn State, President Eric Barron’s initiative to drive job creation, economic development and student career success throughout the Commonwealth, in January 2015.

Apr. 29, 2016

Happy Valley LaunchBox graduates first cohort of five startups

Happy Valley LaunchBox celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of five startups on April 28 and announced the next group of 10 startups that will the LaunchBox’s summer session.

Mar. 31, 2016

Happy Valley LaunchBox opens in downtown State College

A ceremonial ribbon cutting with Penn State President Eric Barron marked the opening of the Happy Valley LaunchBox, a State College-based business startup program that is part of the statewide Invent Penn State initiative.

Mar. 19, 2016

Abington debuts maker space/innovation hub

Penn State Abington LaunchBox at the Abington Art Center intentionally blurs the boundaries between analog and digital, art and science, traditional and experimental. Computers, laser and vinyl cutters, and 3D printers live side-by-side with sewing machines, saws, and tools of all description.

Feb. 04, 2016

Hoag appointed director of entrepreneurship and innovation minor

Anne Hoag, associate professor of communications, has been appointed director of the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, effective January 2016.

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