“It was really incredible to see the amount of support Penn State has for entrepreneurs”

by Holly Riddle In our last installment of our series on covering new Happy Valley startups recently recognized at Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC, we spoke with Samuel Marshall, co-founder of Shamba Share, alongside Jaiden Asch. The two participated in the 2024 Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition, where they won the $2,500 People’s Choice […]


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Join Ben Franklin’s virtual pitch event on June 14 to pick the People’s Choice Winner

Eight entrepreneurial startups are graduating from Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College, and will be competing in a pitch contest for seed money to help launch their companies. On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 2:00 PM, the teams will pitch their business concepts to a panel of independent judges for a cash prize of up to […]

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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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“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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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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“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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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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