Want to be your own boss?

Lots of people are thinking about it. If you're one of them, we're here to help you turn your idea into a viable business.

Ready to turn your idea into a business?

E-Ship Crash Course

Learn business basics.

The E-ship CrashCourse is a 1-hour interactive session that breaks down the steps you need to take to become your own boss and gives you access to resources to get you started on your journey.

Get help with your idea.

The 4-week Idea TestLab helps you figure out if you can turn your idea into a viable business. Work with coaches to better define the problem, a target market, and how you will provide value.

Launch your startup.

The 10-week FastTrack Accelerator helps you test the market quickly and build a solution to meet defined customer needs.

Open Space to Work and Study

Whether you seek independent work, collaboration with your team, or connections with like-minded individuals, our three free convenient spaces are provided to support you. Open work stations, conference rooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, and complimentary coffee (thanks to Sheetz) are available.

Get no-cost legal advice.

The Penn State Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic provides a variety of free legal services to startups looking to start a company in Pennsylvania.

Get no-cost intellectual property advice.

The Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic provides entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania free assistance to determine if they have intellectual property and how to protect it.

Visit us in the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub!

Where entrepreneurs hang out:

  • Coworking 8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday – Friday
  • Business coaching
  • Events & Workshops

Open to the public. All services at no cost.

Find at 123 S. Burrowes Street, 2nd floor.

150
startups graduated from programs
$20M+
in funding/awards to founders completing our programs
29
new jobs created
8000+
cups of coffee consumed

news & events

Community member launches language-accessible children’s storybook startup
Münire Bozdemir has loved storytelling and learning since she was little. However, she grew up in a small town in Turkey at a time when it was not easy to find books. She was born during the aftermath of the...
Summer Founders Program awards eight student startups each with $15,000
Eight Penn State student startups have been selected into the 2023 Invent Penn State Summer Founders Program. The Summer Founders Program provides teams with at least one Penn State student founder a $15,000 grant to work on their startup, social good,...
Penn State soil science doctoral candidate launches soil-based paint startup
As a soil science graduate student teaching at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Zoelie Rivera-Ocasio found herself searching for ways to make studying soil more interesting in outreach activities for undergraduate students. In one of these outreach activities, she made...

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Tools for Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Industry

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Resource Navigator

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IP Navigator

The Intellectual Property Navigator is a showcase of Penn State University’s intellectual property available for licensing.

Startup Navigator

The Startup Navigator is a showcase of startups with Penn State DNA.