REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship

REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship

REV-UP: Where innovation and entrepreneurship intersect

In May 2016, Penn State Great Valley received a $50,000 seed grant to expand entrepreneurial endeavors through the Invent Penn State initiative. The grant established the REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, a program operating in partnership with the Chester County Economic Development Council aimed to engage and encourage Penn State students, faculty, and community members to generate innovative, commercially-viable solutions to address existing and emerging business and social needs, and to support their entrepreneurial efforts as they serve the Philadelphia region. 

Connecting You to a Network of Professionals

As a new entrepreneur, you’re excited to get your business off the ground. But you’re tasked with making difficult decisions daily — from funding, to legal counsel, to marketing, to product development — and it can be difficult to know in which direction to go. That’s where we can help.

We have a unique network of seasoned entrepreneurs, business professionals, marketers, and developers who can mentor you throughout every stage of your journey. We’ll create a personal consulting team for you tailored to your goals and objectives.

You’ll have the option to work with your team in-person or online to ask questions, brainstorm, or seek advice. By using a virtual collaborative tool, you can connect anywhere with internet  — and get the help you need without any lag time or interruption from your busy schedule.

Entrepreneurs are eager to give back — and we’re excited to foster a supportive community to help you grow.

Engaging Chester County’s Entrepreneurial Community

We a community partner, we regularly offer events to engage Chester County and beyond.

Our annual Lion Cage event creates an opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs and Penn State students and alumni to present their ideas and compete for prizes. The day-long event includes a pitching competition and guest speakers relevant to the startup community.

Other events include:

  • Workshops in our cutting-edge Innovation Center to build prototypes and experiment
  • Guest speakers on intellectual property, funding, and investments
  • Information sessions on VC firms and incubators
  • Networking opportunities

Learn More

If you're interested in learning more about REV-UP or applying to be part of our program, please contact Doug Schumer, Faculty Director, at