June 28, 2022
KCF Technologies joins a growing number of Happy Valley companies with private equity investors

Photo: KCF Technologies Happy Valley-based company KCF Technologies recently secured a minority growth equity investment from a private investment firm focused on investing in technology-driven companies, Graham Partners. Headquartered here in State College, KCF is a provider of asset health monitoring solutions that offers an integrated platform consisting of proprietary, enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), highly-engineered Industrial […]

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June 21, 2022
“A brilliant intersection of local and international”

By Beverly Molnar Photo provided by Pine Grove Hall Finding the right words to describe Pine Grove Hall can be a challenge. Even the proprietor, Liz Grove, pauses to gather her thoughts before forging ahead. “We’re a destination,” she said. “We’re a live music venue for the academic community, but not just students. We’re a […]

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June 21, 2022
“Geeking out” on the lifestyle of entrepreneurship

By Beverly Molnar Photo Provided. Penn State recently appointed Elizabeth Hay the Jack White Family Director of Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank. In this role, Hay will help student, community and faculty/staff startup founders to de-risk and grow their businesses. She’ll run accelerator programs, provide advice on turning ideas into businesses and teach […]

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June 21, 2022
“More like a natural ankle:” Happy Valley-born prosthetics poised to change future after limb loss

By Cara Aungst Impulse Technology’s biomimetic ankle closely mimics natural movement, making walking less painful and more accessible over rough terrain. PHOTO: Impulse Technology More than 50% of people with lower limb amputation have short and long-term pain associated with their prosthesis. Innovation Park-based company Impulse Technology aims to solve that — literal — pain […]

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June 14, 2022
Big Idea Contest winners get $50,000

Two entrepreneurs split a $50,000 prize at the Ben Franklin BIG IDEA Contest that was held on June 9 at the North Central PA Launchbox in DuBois. Jeffrey Billett from Billett Electric LLC from Jefferson County, and Esperanzo Wilcox from PA Mushroom Company from Clarion County each received a $25,000 cash prize to help them […]

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June 14, 2022
Stigma, safety and a green future?

By Caryn Anderson The exterior of Curaleaf’s Happy Valley location. Photo: Curaleaf Medical marijuana is still relatively new in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf signed it into law in April 2016 and the region’s first dispensary, Nature’s Medicines (now Ayr Wellness) opened in 2018. In February 2022, Curaleaf offered a second option and the latest dispensary, Verilife, […]

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