“I want to help people”: Tech Tournament winner pioneers groundbreaking cancer treatment

By Cara Aungst Illuminate Therapeutics won $75,000 in the Penn State's Tech Tournament for its disruptive technology to battle head and neck tumors. (Pictured, Nick Alden, graduate student in biomedical engineering, accepting the award from James Pietropaolo, associate director of the Office of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization.)  Credit: Invent Penn State / Rick Brandt On April 29, […]


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May 17, 2022
Help choose the Big Idea winner on June 9

By Chara Fitch Credit: Ben Franklin Technology Partners Six companies are competing in the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Big Idea contest, and the winner will walk away with $50,000 in vital startup capital. Get a front row seat to the June 9 event and you can help choose the People’s Choice winner. Ben Franklin Technology […]

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May 10, 2022
More Entrepreneurs Betting Big on Bellefonte

In this week’s episode of “Everybody Loves Bellefonte,” more big things are happening. Last week, an ownership group led by Duane Reese, former President of AgIntegrated, purchased the former PA National Guard Armory for $950,000 with plans to develop a brewery, distillery, restaurant and bar at the location on Zion Road. Plans also include an […]

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May 3, 2022
“Penn State took a shot on me” Venture & IP Conference spotlights success stories and disruptive tech

By Cara Aungst Venture & IP Conference moderator Ryan Newman (right) talks with Penn State alumni Ash Ashutosh, Global Director of Solution Sales at Google (left) and Mo Bhende, CEO and cofounder of karat (center, via Zoom), during the Penn State Unicorn Panel on Friday. PHOTO: Invent Penn State / Rick Brandt On April 28-29, the 2022 Venture & […]

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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
Penn Stater’s clean energy vision has raised $14 million for startup Xeal

After finding his north star through a class assignment, Nikhil Bharadwaj found his focus and turned his idea into a clean energy giant Xeal. Photo: Xeal. The ENGR 310 class on Entrepreneurial Leadership is filled with engineering students, people who by nature are prone to ask WHERE, WHAT and HOW. So Professor Greg Woodman takes […]

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April 12, 2022
Startup Week’s pitch competition showcases Penn State solution to pain points

Table Rock Markets won first place in the competition. Photo: Rick Brandt. In a recent interview with HappyValleyIndustry, Tuft & Needle founder (and Penn State alumnus) JT Marino said that when searching for an idea for a startup, start with what has been a pain in your own life. “You are your first customer. If […]

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