Students can pitch their business ideas and compete for cash prizes at Penn State Great Valley’s inaugural Student Pitch Day on April 27. Sponsored by the REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, this is an excellent opportunity for students to share their entrepreneurial visions with faculty and area professionals.
Starting in spring 2017, Penn State Great Valley will offer a 12-credit New Ventures and Entrepreneurship certificate for current and aspiring entrepreneurs to conceptualize and develop new business endeavors.
With Penn State’s recent announcement of the next six communities to receive seed-grant funding through its Invent Penn State initiative, the University’s economic development effort has grown to include 13 hubs for innovation spread across Pennsylvania.
Students and chancellors from 13 campuses accompanied University President Eric Barron for an event on June 20 in Harrisburg announcing the next series of six $50,000 grants for Commonwealth Campuses to expand the Invent Penn State initiative.
An entrepreneurship student discusses his business plan during an elevator pitch competition in fall 2015 at Penn State Harrisburg’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, part of Invent Penn State. The competition was judged by the center’s director and professor of pratice, Kevin Harter.
Penn State New Kensington Chancellor Kevin Snider, foreground, shows Penn State President Eric Barron the vacant store front that will serve as the new home of the University’s Alle-Kiski Economic Generator, part of the Invent Penn State initiative. The announcement of the Alle-Kiski Economic Generator in the former department store is helping to revitalize downtown New Kensington.
Penn State Lehigh Valley students from the race and ethnic relations class taught by Jennifer Parker Talwar spent Feb. 24 at Velocity in downtown Allentown interviewing Lehigh Valley entrepreneurs about global and local business practices, international trajectories, creative capital and work-family visions. This project is a research-based initiative intended to reinvent the classroom in a real world environment while bringing together students, business owners and community partners. This semester, Parker’s class will be utilizing Penn State Lehigh Valley’s co-working space in Velocity for its business accelerator, Lehigh Valley LauncBox, which is a signature program of Invent Penn State.