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Penn State’s NSF I-Corps program seeks applications by Sept. 15 and Oct. 15

The National Science Foundation has joined in supporting Penn State’s goal of taking more of its discoveries to market by awarding Penn State a five-year, $500,000 Innovation Corps (I-Corps) grant to establish the Invent Penn State I-Corps Site in collaboration with Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s TechCelerator, Happy Valley LaunchBox, and Invent Penn State’s Innovation Hubs.
Penn State president Eric J. Barron cuts the ribbon at Penn State Schuylkill's LionLaunch Innovation Hub opening.

Penn State Schuylkill’s LionLaunch Innovation Hub celebrates opening

Penn State Schuylkill has opened its LionLaunch Innovation Hub, a space for entrepreneurs to start or grow their small business. This space is funded by Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success.
LionLaunch Ribbon Cutting

Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch Innovation Hub

Opening celebration of community facility for budding entrepreneurs.
Schuylkill Business Plan Competition winners

BPC Winners

Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch Competition turned dreams into reality for seven teams that earned seed funding to grow or strengthen their small businesses. Winning teams include (sitting from left): Mariann Young, Beauty and the Beads; Karen Shiffert and Stacey Lehman, Caregivers Aide, LLC. Standing from left: Joe Medica, On Target Archery; Andrew Savakinas, Parts Online Network; Carmen Cicioni, Car Men Restorations; John Matulevich, Ruthless Athletics; Jamie Anczarski and Joseph Anczarski, Analog Archaeology. 

Mariann Young explains how she plans to expand her business, Beauty and the Beads.

Mariann Young

Mariann Young explains how she plans to expand her business, Beauty and the Beads.

Carmen Cicioni pitches his business, Car Men Restorations.

Carmen Cicioni

Carmen Cicioni pitches his business, Car Men Restorations, to the panel of judges.

Karen Shiffert and Stacey Lehman pitch their new business, Caregivers Aide

Participants pitch assistance aide

Karen Shiffert and Stacey Lehman pitch their new business, Caregivers Aide.

The judges panel listens to a pitch from one of the Lion Launch participants.

Business Plan Competition judges panel

Members of the judges panel enjoy listening to the interesting business plan pitches at the competition at Penn State Schuylkill that was held March 1.

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