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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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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April 10, 2022
Repurposing the past and pioneering new experiences

Titan Park’s historic industrial space has become Happy Valley’s favorite new social scene — and there’s still room for your business Axemann Brewery  Titan Park is hardly anything new. In fact, it’s pretty old, a long-standing fixture in Bellefonte and the lives of Bellefonte residents for more than a century. However, what’s being done currently at […]

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April 5, 2022
From ‘major flop’ to market breakthrough

Technical gear company SLCKR is creating solutions for the barbershop culture When he was growing up, Tyler Tracy’s mom always cut his hair. But when he was 17, he stepped into a barbershop for the first time. “I was enamored,” he said.  It wasn’t just the cut — the high fade and clean lines — […]

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March 29, 2022
Trade technology: Organic Climbing is reviving a small town’s sewing trade to serve a global market

Organic Climbing, a small business producing high-quality climbing gear founded by Josh Helke, helped to keep Philipsburg, Pa.’s sewing industry from fading to a memory. The small town once produced high-end products, including Starter jackets, a favorite of 90s kids, before many of the manufacturing facilities were moved overseas. Organic Climbling was dreamed up near […]

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March 29, 2022
Dial in to Penn State Startup Week

This week, Penn State Startup Week will be inviting students to explore innovation and entrepreneurship and connect with industry leaders. It’s also an opportunity for businesses to connect with talent, discover emerging innovation and network with other changemakers. Here’s how you can tap into the events going on from April 4-8.  Yes, Startup Week is […]

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March 22, 2022
Unique career fair matches talent with Happy Valley’s thriving startups

Do you want to find qualified candidates, connect with Happy Valley’s strong entrepreneurial network or build your brand with talent-seeking, like-minded companies? Then you don’t want to miss the Small Business and Startup Career Fair happening during Penn State’s Startup Week. You can register your company to find talent. The cost is only $50 per booth. The event […]

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