Unleash Your Business Potential: The Power of Authentic Storytelling

By Erik Evans In an article from the Harvard Business Review Titled Storytelling that Moves People, “Most executives struggle to communicate, let alone inspire. Too often, they get lost in the accoutrements of company speak: PowerPoint slides, dry memos, and hyperbolic missives from the corporate communications departments. Even the most carefully researched and considered efforts […]


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“Kudos to the Great Crazy Ideas that Change People’s Lives” - CREN Makes Magic with First Return Event

There’s something magical about meeting in person. Especially when it’s a meetup that includes “free beer, free food and free money,” as Todd Erdley puts it.  On August 5, Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN) met up after a long COVID-induced hiatus. Gathering outside Ben Franklin Technology Partners(BFTP/CNP) offices in Innovation Park, over 100 entrepreneurs celebrated […]

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Join 100 of Your Entrepreneurial Friends!

Centre Region Entrepreneurial Network (CREN) is back to face-to-face meetings this week and you still have time to RSVP! Join 100 of your entrepreneurial friends from around Happy Valley for an evening of networking, collaboration and fun, Aug. 5, 5–7:30 p.m. The long-awaited in-person event will take place at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners offices […]

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From Startup to Global Leader in Educational Technology: The Schoolwires Success Story

Edward Marflak founded Schoolwires in 2000 with the mission to serve schools with a solution for managing and sharing information with students and families. Ben Franklin Technology Partners, part of Happy Valley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, provided support that helped the company develop from fledgling educational platform to global content management system used by more than 1,700 […]

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PennTAP’s Inc.U Competition Fans the Flames of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship

With a $30,000 prize on the line, six student startup teams went head-to-head in this year’s Inc.U Competition, competing on WPSU’s show, “The Investment.” Much like the show it's modeled after, “Shark Tank,” the show and the competition give participants hope to fuel their entrepreneurial dreams and valuable experience pitching their ideas to the panel […]

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Penn State’s Innovation Hub Celebrates 5 Years of Supporting the Entrepreneurial Spirit Throughout Pennsylvania

Happy Valley is synonymous with a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem — one that’s branched out to support Pennsylvania entrepreneurs in other regions of the Keystone State as well. Today, nearly all Pennsylvania residents live or work within a half-hour drive of a LaunchBox or Innovation Hub — 96% of Pennsylvanians to be exact — both of […]

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1855 Capital: Attracting Investor Funding and Creating Transformation in Happy Valley

As Bruce Springsteen sings in his 1984 hit Dancing in the Dark, “you can’t start a fire without a spark.” And for HappyValley entrepreneurs and startups, State College-based 1855 Capital has been that spark to attract investors and raise much-needed capital in the competitive venture landscape. The 1855 Capital Fund is a $12 million seed and early-stage venture capital […]

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