As a part of Penn State Startup Week, a weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship that connects participants with Penn State’s vast network of resources aimed at driving innovation in all fields, Penn State Harrisburg will hold several events.
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State Harrisburg will hold an Idea TestLab, an intensive five-week startup course for University and community entrepreneurs at Startup Harrisburg, Feb. 21 through March 21. The non-credit program focuses on the customer discovery process, in which participants will validate the customer problems they hope to solve with their proposed business ideas.
At the Innovation Café fall forum event, organized by Penn State College of Medicine’s Office of Technology Development, engaging conversation and great ideas, were on the menu. Innovation Café is a networking program, held quarterly to encourage collaboration between investors, entrepreneurial faculty, students and industry professionals committed to building a vibrant startup community in central Pennsylvania.
Mechanical engineering technology is Allan Fausnaught’s major. But music is his passion, and it has driven him to combine his affinity for working with his hands and his entrepreneurial spirit into a business –Woodland Percussions – creating handcrafted drums.
Penn State President Eric Barron and other Penn State and Penn State Harrisburg officials today joined with David Black, president and CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC, to launch the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State Harrisburg. The center will enhance the entrepreneurial environment in Central Pennsylvania and encourage students, faculty and community members to transform their intellectual property and creative works into local businesses and industries.
Kevin Harter, professor of practice in entrepreneurship, and Dr. Susannah Gal, associate dean for research and outreach, will present “Invent Penn State: What is it and what does it mean for you? An introduction to campus resources that help you further develop your innovative ideas” on Wednesday, November 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge on campus.