Win up to $30,000 for your food or beverage innovation

Ben Franklin’s Food & Beverage TechCelerator is offering a 10-week virtual Business Boot Camp for entrepreneurs and startup companies developing scalable, innovative and technology-focused products and services in the food and beverage industry. The deadline to apply is Dec. 2. It’s big news for two reasons. “Ben Franklin Technology Partners, CNP has been providing the […]


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New Leaf Initiative: Collaboration, Community, Connection and Co-Working

When you walk in, you feel as though you’ve just been transported. The space is open, colorful and filled with light from tall windows, recycled barn wood and green leafy plants. Desks — some with monitors and computers — tables and seating areas are scattered throughout the space.  In 2008, childhood friends Spud Marshall and Eric Sauder graduated together […]

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Out of Retirement, Into the Incubator: How TechCelerator Director Bob Dornich is Shaping the Entrepreneurs of the Future

Image: Ben Franklin Technology Partners Having a strong support system is necessary for the success of any entrepreneur, particularly when they’re just starting out. Here in Happy Valley, one of the strongest supporters of budding entrepreneurs is Ben Franklin Technology Partners, one of the longest-running technology-based economic development programs in the country. Since 1983, Ben […]

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Providing a Little Extra Push to Happy Valley Businesses

Every good business has a story about their beginnings – and what helped them get over that proverbial hump. Bellefonte SpringBoard has been exactly that – the little extra push, the additional resources and technical assistance for entrepreneurs throughout Happy Valley. The Bellefonte SpringBoard Initiative was created in 2016 as a coworking space and business […]

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Disrupting Health Care to Improve & Save Lives

Image: Penn State, Barry Fell and Dr. Randy Haluck, Department of Surgery  Penn State doesn’t just nurture entrepreneurs; it provides concrete opportunities for those with promising, disruptive, early-stage technologies and innovations to compete as the best and brightest in their fields. In 2021, Invent Penn State’s annual Tech Tournament went virtual to showcase eight different […]

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Invent Penn State’s VIP Conference Spurs Economic Development through Innovation

Image: @webcurtpsu The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference is one of the largest tech startup conferences in the Mid-Atlantic, drawing over 800 attendees from startups and investment firms around the country. On April 15 and 16, the conference leveraged Penn State’s research, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to spur on economic development, job creation […]

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Penn State Startup Week Offers Unique Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Community

Image: Penn State Each spring, Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC brings some of the leading minds in industry and technology to Penn State to connect with the entrepreneurial community. This weeklong immersion in entrepreneurship and innovation inspires attendees to expand their boundaries by connecting them with some of the best and brightest startup […]

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