Penn State University

State College, PA

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Student Groups

Happy Valley Capital - Penn State's first student-run venture capital firm. Also provides 1-on-1 mentoring. Apply to be a Venture Associate if you are interested in advising the next generation of technology companies.

Innoblue - an open entrepreneurship community at PSU where students go to connect, brainstorm & share their entrepreneurial mindset. Hosts speaker and workshops event each month.

Accelerators and Incubators

Happy Valley LaunchBox - a hub for local entrepreneurs by offering coworking space, legal advice, business services and accelerator programs like the 15-week FastTrack Accelerator, which includes mentoring sessions and up to $3000 for customer discovery. Also offers a 4-week virtual Idea TestLab to help you better understand your customer.

Hackathons and Competitions

HackPSU - Hackathon at PSU held twice a year. Hack in different tracks for the 24-hour long hackathon - all skill levels welcome

University Resources

Lion LaunchPad - An entrepreneurship living option at Penn State University Park offering mentoring, programs and community for incoming freshmen

Invent Penn State - Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success

Global Entrepreneurship Week - A global entrepreneurship event with PSU campus-wide participation that spans a week and hosts numerous top entrepreneurial speakers and features startup pitches and a hackathon.

Startup Week - A week-long annual event each March featuring pitch competitions and educational programs celebrating entrepreneurship on Penn State campuses

Summer Founders Program - An Invent Penn State competitive entry program that awards 5-7 student teams from all PSU campuses $10,000 to work on their startup, social good or non-profit idea at University Park over their summer break

Notable Courses

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor (ENTI)

ENGR 407 - Technology-Based Entrepreneurship


Contrary - University-focused venture fund investing up to $500K in emerging startups launching from the university scene around the US

Ben Franklin Technology Partners - local funding - PA state-funded investor in promising, technology-oriented startup companies with a focus on funding their critical commercialization activities and meeting growth needs.

1855 Capital - Private early-stage venture capital fund providing investment and advisement primarily to Penn State affiliated startups

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