April 25, 2022
After 24 months of championing Happy Valley business, it's time for an upgrade

By Cara Aungst As HappyValley Industry celebrates its second anniversary, it’s getting a brand-new look, thanks to a State College-based company Loop Software, a software solution company that builds enterprise-grade web applications. Since April 2020, HappyValley Industry has been celebrating innovation and industry in the Happy Valley area, so when it was time for an […]

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April 25, 2022
Nuclear power — Is it the future?

By Caryn Anderson Dr. Jean Paul Allain and his 2021 Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Laboratory Team Credit: Dr. Jean Paul Allain/Penn State University The world’s energy needs are quickly rising. The demand for electricity alone is growing exponentially, increasing approximately 200% faster than overall energy use, according to the World Nuclear Association. Additionally, that […]

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April 25, 2022
Steller Floors: The curious case of the growing company that didn’t want to sell

By Cara Aungst Photo credit: Steller Floors What happens when an idea turns into an actual product and that product goes super-viral on YouTube? And then — in the middle of COVID — that product defies all odds and hits $1M in sales after only 24 months in existence?  It depends. In many instances, this […]

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April 18, 2022
Startup idea to eliminate merchandise loss wins at Ben Franklin TechCelerator

Photo: Ben Franklin Technology Partners Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College, in partnership with the Invent Penn State initiative, has a new batch of graduates that are equipped with business know-how, marketing tools … and cash prizes of up to $10,000 to help launch their new business. The winning company, BoB Profit Partners, took home $7,000 for their retail […]

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April 18, 2022
What’s a pain in your a**? JT Marino’s answer was worth $250M

Invent Penn State’s James Delattre (left) speaks with Tuft & Needle founder JT Marino (right) at 2022 Penn State Startup Week. PHOTO: Invent Penn State/Rick Brandt In 2012, JT Marino was part of a startup that was floundering and pivoting. He was only three years out of Penn State, but that was enough time to […]

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April 12, 2022
Innovation Park building renamed for pioneering Penn State alumna

Credit Michel Lee Garrett, Penn State Shirley M. Malcom, Penn State alumna and senior advisor at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was recognized on April 8th at Innovation Park where the 329 Building was renamed in her honor. Dr. Malcolm is a leader in the sciences and a pioneering advocate for minorities in the […]

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