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(In keeping with federal guidance, statewide mitigation plans, and recommendations of Penn State Health and safety officials regarding coronavirus, our facility will be closed for in-person use until further notice. However, all our programs and services are available online.)

 

 

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Idea TestLab_Icon Have an idea?

Figure out if you can turn it into a viable business.

Get help better defining the problem you’re trying to solve, who has it, and what value you can provide to them.

Our virtual Idea TestLab program includes:

  • 4, 2-hour online group sessions
  • access to up to $3000 for customer discovery for qualified teams
  • access to 1-on-1 mentoring

Next program Spring, 2021.

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FastTrack Accelerator_Icon Ready to build?

Figure out what your customer really wants.

If you’ve identified people (other than friends), who want what you’re offering, it’s time to build a solution they can’t resist. Our FastTrack Accelerator program includes:

  • 15, 2-hour group sessions
  • up to $3000 in funding for customer discovery
  • server credits, SOLIDWORKS suite for 1 year, POWr plugins for 1 year
  • access to $1500 Market Test Fund grant
  • funding for intern for one semester
  • weekly 1-on-1 coaching
  • 24×7 access to LaunchBox for 1 year
  • access to 80+ advisors and experts

Next program Fall, 2021.

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SummerFounders2020 Need money to grow?

Get $15K from Invent Penn State to work on your startup this summer.

Student founders work full time on their startup, social good, or non-profit over the summer here in State College.  The Summer Founders program includes:

  • $15K grant
  • up to $3000 in funding for customer discovery
  • server credits, SOLIDWORKS suite for 1 year, POWr plugins for 1 year
  • access to $1500 Market Test Fund grant
  • funding for intern for one semester
  • weekly 1-on-1 coaching and dinners with experts and experienced entrepreneurs
  • 24×7 access to LaunchBox for 1 year
  • access to 80+ advisors and experts

Applications open spring 2021.

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Have an idea but not sure where to start?

If you have an idea that you’re thinking about turning into a business, or a business that you’re looking to grow, we’d love to hear about it and help with next steps.

Online Accelerators

Idea TestLab helps you test the validity of your idea and the FastTrack Accelerator helps you test the market and build a sustainable business model.

We take no equity and charge no rent.

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Business & legal advice

Tap into our network of advisors.

Get expert legal, intellectual property, and business advice at our no cost clinics. Make an appointment and we’ll work with you virtually.

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Coworking Temporarily Unavailable

Unfortunately, our no-cost, co-working space is temporarily closed.

We miss the energy that our co-workers bring to the space and are looking forward to having them back soon.

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Virtual Speaker Series

Sit in on our virtual TOP 5 IN TWENTY-FIVE speaker series and hear experts provide their top 5 recommendations for “breaking in” new tactics to drive you and your business forward – all in 25 minutes.

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Startups Graduated

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Events

Info session for FastTrack Accelerator

September 9, 2020

What actually happens during the FastTrack program? Great question. We work with you weekly on a key set of startup milestones to help you de-risk and accelerate your venture. We open up our ...

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Blog

Fall is for “Breaking In” new business models and ways of thinking (and actionable advice).

October 2, 2020

Get recommendations from experts in 25 minutes. No doubt if you’re a business owner, you’re having to figure out how to re-think your business. The world and business have changed. From ...

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Spotlight

Test your idea at the virtual Idea TestLab

September 1, 2020

Adapting is key. While our world is in semi-isolation, business owners and entrepreneurs are still coming up with ideas for new businesses or ideas for adapting their current businesses. Same with ...

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Entrepreneur Assistance Law Clinic

The Entrepreneur Assistance Law Clinic provides no-cost advice on on legal matters including:

  • Business/entity formation
  • Founder agreements
  • Employee agreements and management
  • Investor term sheets

Get the latest info for entrepreneurs and their counsel on the “Inside Entrepreneurship Law” blog.

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Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Under the direction and guidance of the Clinic Director, the IP Clinic’s law students provide no-cost advice on various matters, including:

  • General intellectual property counseling
  • Performing patentability and trademark clearance searches
  • Drafting patent and trademark applications, and interacting with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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