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Jun. 08, 2020

LoanCrunch app helps students manage loan debt

Students in the United States owe upwards of $1.6 trillion in student debt and that number is growing every day. Trying to navigate post-college life is challenging enough. Toss in the increasing costs of living with the skyrocketing debt and trying to achieve the American dream can seem daunting. That’s why Penn State students Michael Miller and Jack Quinn are developing LoanCrunch, an app helping students through the loan repayment process.

Jun. 03, 2020

Entrepreneurial vision leads Jon Westlake Down intrapreneurial path

For Jonathan Westlake entrepreneurship is in his DNA – his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were all entrepreneurs. Naturally, Westlake expected to take the same path, and was looking for the right inspiration and problem to solve in order to continue the family tradition.

May. 07, 2020

2020 Summer Founders Program draws record number of teams & increases amount

A record number of student startups from across Penn State campuses are getting ready for the 2020 Summer Founders program, a 13-week entrepreneurial bootcamp offering mentoring, networking, resources and $15,000 in funding to teams of Penn State student entrepreneurs from all campus locations and the World Campus.

May. 01, 2020

Student startup taps Invent Penn State resources, pivots to find new product

CastPak was one of eight student startups invited to present their concept in the Student Startup Showcase at the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference last October. AThe student companies were selected for their winning participation in Inc.U and/or the Summer Founders program.

Apr. 28, 2020

Invent Penn State Innovation Hub Network pivots to offer digital resources

Across Pennsylvania, the Invent Penn State innovation hub network has pivoted to deliver needed programming and services online, by providing online mentoring, webinars, virtual speaker series, and a Virtual Idea TestLab.

Apr. 17, 2020

Webinar: Leveraging resources to support small business resiliency

The Penn State Small Business Development Center will host a free, 90-minute webinar on April 22 for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs seeking recommendations on the path forward in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Apr. 15, 2020

Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship

Before Penn State alumna Tamela Serensits got her entrepreneurial feet, she got her sea legs as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy – traveling the world helping to protect freedom and leading critical decision-making when lives were on the line. That experience helped form her character, and commitment to her own startup company.

Mar. 30, 2020

Legal clinic at Happy Valley LaunchBox expands scope in response to pandemic

Effective immediately and for the foreseeable future, the Entrepreneurship and Assistance Clinic is expanding its scope and service offerings to small Pennsylvania businesses, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 07, 2020

Director of Intellectual Property Clinic helps boost entrepreneurship success

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, trademark, copyright or trade secret.


May is for pivots (and actionable advice).

May. 01, 2020

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Spring Speaker Series: Starting a company that makes a difference.

Feb. 07, 2020

Come learn from business leaders who are making local, national, and international impact. Our Spring Speaker series, in partnership with the Center for the Business of Sustainability, features 4 mission-focused companies ...


Spring Speaker Series: Straight from the CEO

Feb. 06, 2019

Get the real scoop from those who’ve “been there, done that”? Our Spring Speaker Series kicks off February 13th and features CEOs who have founded their own businesses. Get actionable advice ...

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