“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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Online Shopping Attracts New Customers to Local Farm Markets

A visit to any farmers market is, by its very nature, social. The mingling with other shoppers. The chit-chatting with the vendors. You get to know your neighbors and the folks who grow your food on a deeper level. So what happens when the “social” part of just about everything is stripped away and the […]

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Penn State Entrepreneurialism By the Numbers

Penn State started out as a land-grant school to provide an ag education to children of farmers and working families all over Pennsylvania. It’s never lost sight of entrepreneurial-minded Pennsylvanians, people who put their own sweat equity into building businesses from the ground up. Over the last decade, that focus on entrepreneurialism has deepened as […]

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Hometown Turnaround: Entrepreneur Offers Free Lewistown Storefront

The Facebook post read like the opening of a good book: “I will be offering a free storefront for 12 months. Looking for something unique that is proven to be successful to downtown Lewistown to make it a walking town. Submit an actual business plan, not just a vision.”  But this wasn’t fiction; it was […]

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Happy Valley’s Kijenzi Enables World-Class Manufacturing for Anyone, Anywhere

Started right here in Happy Valley, Kijenzi is now developing solutions to deliver medical equipment to remote areas in four different countries around the world utilizing 3D printing. The founding team at Kijenzi came together through Penn State's humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship program. “We launched out of the university and kept Happy Valley as […]

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Ben Franklin Giving Happy Valley Innovators a Boost with $50k Grand Prize

Ben Franklin Technology Partners is looking for innovators with big ideas in Happy Valley, Clarion, Clearfield, and Jefferson Counties — and the winner takes home $50,000. “If you are developing or crafting a product, process or innovation related to the maker economy, outdoors and recreation, forest products, manufacturing or technology, you need to apply for […]

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Speeding Up the Scientific Process Through the Power of AI

A group of Penn State researchers that received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy is aiming to improve the efficiency of turbines for power generation through the use of artificial intelligence. Wesley Reinhart, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State, said that higher efficiency […]

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