Invent Penn State https://greatvalley.psu.edu/ en Entrepreneurial offerings to expand with Great Valley LaunchBox https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/6741/2020/05/05/entrepreneurial-offerings-expand-great-valley-launchbox <span>Entrepreneurial offerings to expand with Great Valley LaunchBox</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/30/2020 - 13:28</span> <span class="post-date">2020-05-05T09:00:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MALVERN, Pa. — Penn State Great Valley is expanding its entrepreneurial outreach with the new <a href="https://greatvalley.launchbox.psu.edu/">Great Valley LaunchBox</a> program. Great Valley joins multiple other Penn State campuses with LaunchBox programs, which are funded by <a href="https://invent.psu.edu/">Invent Penn State</a>, a commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success.</p> <p>In May 2016, Penn State Great Valley received a $50,000 seed grant from Invent Penn State. The grant established the <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship">REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship</a>, a program operating in partnership with the Chester County Economic Development Council aimed to engage and support the entrepreneurial endeavors of Penn State students, faculty, and community members. REV-UP will be one of multiple services supported by the Great Valley LaunchBox.</p> <p>“We’re thrilled to expand the services we offer the local entrepreneurial community,” said Leo Daiuto, entrepreneur-in-residence and director of the Great Valley LaunchBox. “Our mission is to inspire, advise and educate. We will continue to mentor and advise early stage companies and founders while supporting and contributing to the entrepreneurial community in the greater Philadelphia area.”</p> <p>One of the primary focuses of the Great Valley LaunchBox is expanding mentoring and advisory services by offering office hours, meetings, workshops, speaker series, and co-working space, among other things. Thanks to previous events hosted by REV-UP and the local entrepreneurial community, the Great Valley LaunchBox presents budding entrepreneurs with a number of expert mentors.</p> <p>Maura Jarve, creative director and founder of <a href="https://truecreativepartners.com/">True Creative Partners</a>, got involved with REV-UP last spring as a mentor at the Chester County Startup Weekend and judged the third annual <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship/lion-cage">Lion Cage competition</a> in November. She particularly enjoyed working with the participants to help them refine and explore their ideas; the collaboration and connections also helped her further develop her own projects.</p> <p>Having started multiple companies, Jarve is familiar with the ins and outs of entrepreneurism. She founded True Creative Partners in 2008 and used the skills she learned to form a theater group and an artwork business on Etsy.</p> <p>“I am really excited to participate in the Great Valley LaunchBox in any way,” Jarve said. “I get a lot out of it, too. Inspiration is hard to come by. Being able to have conversations with people and be inspired by their ideas and see how they’re solving problems in a way that maybe I hadn’t thought of before … it’s like a symbiotic relationship.”</p> <p>Carl J. Woodin, president of <a href="https://www.aztechmmedia.com/">AZtech Multimedia & Training Group</a>, was also a mentor and judge at Chester County Startup Weekend and Lion Cage, respectively. His connection to Penn State Great Valley spans back to 1991, when he earned his master’s degree in education. He served as an adjunct faculty member for six years and currently guest lectures in several courses and serves on the Great Valley Alumni Board.</p> <p>After almost 20 years in the corporate world, Woodin founded AZtech in 2002. Starting the company entailed learning everything from how to register a name to tax laws — and this was before the ubiquity of online resources.</p> <p>“I’m looking forward to helping people who are starting a business with what they need to do to get it off the ground,” Woodin said. “I think the Great Valley LaunchBox is amazing. Having started my own business, if this resource was available to me 18 years ago, I would have been the first one in line. … It’s just incredible what is available at basically no cost.”</p> </div> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:28:21 +0000 admin 6741 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Lion Cage pitch competition winner aiming to reduce rotator cuff re-tear rates https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/6561/2020/04/17/lion-cage-pitch-competition-winner-aiming-reduce-rotator-cuff-re-tear-rates <span>Lion Cage pitch competition winner aiming to reduce rotator cuff re-tear rates</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/17/2020 - 09:14</span> <span class="post-date">2020-04-17T08:45:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MALVERN, Pa. — Even before he won first place in Penn State Great Valley’s third annual Lion Cage pitch competition, offered through the campus' REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, <a href="https://www.aevumed.com/">Aevumed</a> founder and CEO Saif Khalil had unique ties to Penn State. Aevumed, a medical device company focused on providing solutions for patients with rotator cuff tears, is headquartered in Penn State Great Valley’s Conference Center Building.</p> <p>When Khalil was looking for an office, he got in touch with the Chester County Economic Development Council for location suggestions in <a href="https://dced.pa.gov/business-assistance/kiz-coordinator-locations/">Keystone Innovation Zones</a>, regions designated by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to promote entrepreneurial growth.</p> <p>The Conference Center Building was the perfect fit. Since Aevumed needed to produce prototypes of its devices, Khalil seized the opportunity to have headquarters just one floor above Penn State Great Valley’s engineering lab.</p> <p>Although Khalil has only been running Aevumed full time for about a year, the company was years in the making. As a mechanical engineer, Khalil’s interest in medical devices was sparked by a biomaterials class he took in graduate school. Building devices for the human body presented similar challenges to building machines meant for different environments, like submarines and spacecrafts.</p> <p>“When you put something in the body, you’ve got to make sure that it withstands specific loads in the body,” Khalil said. “There are similar engineering challenges when implanting a device in the body for treatment, and I thought it was really interesting and you get to help people at the same time.”</p> <p>Khalil worked for other medical device companies before founding Aevumed. The more he looked into the segmented markets, the more interested he became in orthopedic devices for the shoulder. The extremities — foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist — are the smallest and fastest-growing market in the orthopedic industry. Shoulder devices comprise about half of that market, so there were opportunities.</p> <p>There’s no use in making a device just to make a device, though — there has to be a clinical need for it. Khalil researched the market to identify what the problems were, how big those problems were, and if and how other companies were addressing those problems.</p> <p>“We found that there’s a big problem with rotator cuffs,” Khalil said. “Twenty percent of patients that go through a rotator cuff tear surgery and repair come back because of a re-tear. … If you have a large tear to start with and you get it fixed and repaired, you have a much higher chance of almost 50% for a re-tear. That’s a big problem.”</p> <p>It was the perfect opportunity for Aevumed to investigate a cost-effective solution to reduce re-tear rates. Khalil consulted with surgeons — including <a href="https://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/display-provider/-/provider/178/april-d-armstrong-md">April Armstrong</a>, an orthopedic surgeon at <a href="https://hmc.pennstatehealth.org/home">Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center</a> — to understand what rotator cuff surgeries were like and what their needs were.</p> <p>Aevumed produced the PHANTOM Anchor, an FDA-cleared suture anchor aimed at helping patients with low bone density; the PHANTOM Anchor contains more threads that hold onto bone.</p> <p>“We have a ground-breaking or disruptive technology,” Khalil said. “There’s really nothing like it. It’s really going to change the way surgeons perform these surgeries into a more confident, more reliable, quicker, simpler and ultimately better results for the patient and still be cost-effective.”</p> <p>When Khalil received an email promoting Penn State Great Valley’s third annual Lion Cage pitch competition, he decided to participate. Aevumed was working on developing a new device that would directly address rotator cuff re-tear rates, and Khalil knew Lion Cage would provide good opportunities for networking and feedback.</p> <div data-embed-button="node" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:node.embed" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="8cc5a518-23ed-43c3-a6bb-4b1e2c5f1178" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div role="article" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/5301/2019/11/22/saif-khalil" class="node image node-image embed clearfix"> <div class="content entity-embed"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/node_embed/public/DSC_7349.jpg?itok=2ED17g78" width="700" height="467" alt="Saif Khalil presenting his idea" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <div class="group-info field-group-div"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Saif Khalil presents about his company, Aevumed, at Penn State Great Valley's third annual Lion Cage pitch competition on Nov. 16, 2019.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Christy Selagy</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="drupal-embed" embed_type="node" nid="5301" view_mode="embedded"></div> <p>Khalil was used to pitching Aevumed and its products to potential investors, but embraced any practice, feedback and criticism. It’s all part of growing as a company.</p> <p>“When you’re a startup, everything counts,” Khalil said. “It’s all about networking, too. You get to meet new people and you get to sharpen your skills. The more you present anywhere, the better you get.”</p> <p>Khalil also enjoyed listening to the other competitors’ pitches and the questions they were asked by judges. Seeing what other groups focused on and how they presented their pitches gave him ideas on how he could further refine his pitches for Aevumed.</p> <p>Networking, receiving feedback and developing ideas were key aspects of Lion Cage for Khalil and Aevumed. Winning first place is always a thrilling bonus, though.</p> <p>“It was great,” Khalil said. “I felt very fortunate. You’re going up there with other companies and everyone’s trying very hard. It’s also encouraging. It makes you feel like you’re on the right path.”</p> </div> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 13:14:27 +0000 admin 6561 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Leveraging Resources to Support Small Business Resiliency https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6556/2020/04/17/leveraging-resources-support-small-business-resiliency <span>Leveraging Resources to Support Small Business Resiliency</span> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Penn State SBDC</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/facebook20post20adapting20in20times20of20change-0.png?itok=B1VJPN4o" width="800" height="671" alt="Penn State Small Business Development Center to host free webinar for small businesses and entrepreneurs" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/17/2020 - 08:38</span> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:38:17 +0000 admin 6556 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu At the North Central PA LaunchBox, Collaboration is Reigniting the Region https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6496/2020/04/14/north-central-pa-launchbox-collaboration-reigniting-region <span>At the North Central PA LaunchBox, Collaboration is Reigniting the Region</span> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Penn State</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/ncpa20lb-600-0.jpg?itok=QiPd5Sz0" width="600" height="400" alt="At the North Central PA LaunchBox, Collaboration is Reigniting the Region" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/14/2020 - 18:11</span> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 22:11:26 +0000 admin 6496 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/6491/2020/04/14/navy-veteran-taps-leadership-skills-dive-entrepreneurship <span>Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship</span> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Rick Brandt Photography</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/argolytics-600-0.jpg?itok=YdIyiNLn" width="600" height="400" alt="Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/14/2020 - 17:42</span> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 21:42:35 +0000 admin 6491 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Invent Penn State adds second LaunchBox location in Reading, PA https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/5886/2020/02/10/invent-penn-state-adds-second-launchbox-location-reading-pa <span>Invent Penn State adds second LaunchBox location in Reading, PA</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Penn State Berks opens second LaunchBox location in Reading, PA. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Penn State</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/Berks%2520LaunchBox_0.jpg?itok=yZ3n-3hT" width="600" height="400" alt="Penn State Berks LaunchBox" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/10/2020 - 15:08</span> Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:08:34 +0000 admin 5886 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Annual Lion Cage pitch competition provides business pathway for entrepreneurs https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/5101/2019/11/08/annual-lion-cage-pitch-competition-provides-business-pathway-entrepreneurs <span>Annual Lion Cage pitch competition provides business pathway for entrepreneurs</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:36</span> <span class="post-date">2019-11-09T03:56:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MALVERN, Pa. — Penn State Great Valley will host the third annual <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship/lion-cage">Lion Cage pitch competition</a> from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.</p> <p>Lion Cage gives budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their products or ideas to a panel of judges, all of whom are startups and business experts. Each participant has five minutes to present their idea to the judges, who then ask questions and provide feedback. Winners last year included Raghav Hardas’ <a href="https://www.squawkr.co/">Squawkr app</a>, which allows users to livestream their own commentary over televised sports, and Wayne Frick’s <a href="http://chirpsounds.com/">Chirpsounds</a>, a product that <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/3421/2019/01/17/annual-lion-cage-event-helps-entrepreneurs-craft-refine-elevator-speeches">wirelessly transmits the sounds of birds at their feeders to an indoors receiver</a>.</p> <p>The event is  sponsored by the REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, which was started in May 2016, when Penn State Great Valley received a $50,000 seed grant to expand entrepreneurial endeavors through the <a href="http://invent.psu.edu/">Invent Penn State</a> initiative. Operating in partnership with the Chester County Economic Development Council, REV-UP aims to engage and encourage Penn State students, faculty and community members to generate innovative, commercially viable ideas to address existing and emerging business and social needs, and to support their entrepreneurial efforts as they serve the Philadelphia region.</p> <p>Participants will be competing for cash prizes and additional incentives offered by Blue Paw Sponsor <a href="https://www.align.space/">align.Space</a>. The first-place contestant will receive a six-month flex membership to align.Space and a half-day session to discuss their idea with an align5 leader, while the second-place presenter will receive a three-month flex membership. <a href="https://www.wsfsbank.com/Personal">WSFS Bank</a> also is supporting the event as a Lion Sponsor.</p> <p><img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/logo-rgb-01.greendot_2.jpg?itok=dCVMF9gY" width="200px" /><img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/wsfsbank_tagline_cmyk_3inch.jpg?itok=jc7LX6Sz" width="200px" /></p> <p>Jonathan Cleck, a 23-year career Navy Seal officer and former FBI Task Force officer, will give the event’s keynote address. Cleck is an entrepreneur with extensive small business, government program management, international investigations, and team development experience. He is the founder and CEO of MENTACITY Consulting, an advisory firm focused on developing resilience, mental tenacity and overcoming internal fears.</p> <p>Members of the public are encouraged to watch the competition, but advance registration is required. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-lion-cage-hosted-by-rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship-tickets-68595353549">Click here to register.</a></p> </div> Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:36:53 +0000 admin 5101 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Student leverages coursework, University resources to launch esports app https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/3636/2019/05/31/student-leverages-coursework-university-resources-launch-esports-app <span>Student leverages coursework, University resources to launch esports app</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/27/2019 - 09:36</span> <span class="post-date">2019-05-31T19:22:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MALVERN, Pa. — Like many, Rob Ambrose enjoyed sports as a child, playing on soccer and basketball teams. But he was especially passionate about esports, or competitive, multiplayer video games that now make up a billion-dollar, international industry.</p><p>“I’ve always had a competitive drive and a good sense of teamwork,” he said. “That easily translates to esports. I took something I loved and found a way to compete in tournaments internationally. Now I’m using my knowledge of the industry in different ways.”</p><p>After spending 10 years in the “Gears of War” professional circuit, Ambrose made a career change. He still travels around the globe to attend esports tournaments, but instead of competing, he works as an analyst, providing commentary and insight on games.</p><p>He’s also an entrepreneur: He started <a href="https://ambrosegaming.com/">Ambrose Gaming</a>, his own software and design consultancy, and is the founder of <a href="https://trickstratapp.com/">Trick Strat</a>, an application where esports teams, coaches and analysts can discuss and draw strategies on in-game maps.</p><div data-embed-button="node" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:node.embed" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="4ec87dd1-937e-4531-be7c-ecd4cf4759ba" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div role="article" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/3626/2019/03/27/trick-strat" class="node image node-image embed clearfix"> <div class="content entity-embed"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/node_embed/public/trickstrat_phone.png?itok=_X2GtKVP" width="700" height="501" alt="A screenshot of an in-game map in the Trick Strat esports drawing app" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <div class="group-info field-group-div"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Similar to how a football coach might depict plays on a whiteboard, esports players, coaches and analysts can use Trick Strat to strategize.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Rob Ambrose</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="drupal-embed" embed_type="node" nid="3626" view_mode="embedded"></div><p>Ambrose credits the concept for Trick Strat to his time spent in youth sports.</p><p>“The idea has always been there,” Ambrose explained. “I’m a visual learner. When I started playing esports professionally, I needed to prepare my team and act quickly. Like my soccer and basketball coaches would depict plays on a white board, I started drawing things with pen and paper and, as technology progressed, a tablet. Other competitors noticed it, so when I stopped playing professionally, I had the time to build Trick Strat for everyone.”</p><p>“Having time” is a relative term for someone like Ambrose, who is a multitasker by nature. In addition to his esports ventures, he’s full-stack developer at a FinTech startup and is a part-time student in Penn State Great Valley’s <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/academics/masters-degrees/software-engineering" target="_blank">Master of Software Engineering</a> program.</p><p>“Time management is so important,” he said. “It’s crucial to allow for some downtime and ‘unplug’ so you don’t burn out. Fortunately, Penn State Great Valley’s programs are flexible, and I’m able to step-in and step-out as needed. When I’m traveling a lot, I can take a semester off.”</p><p>Ambrose is strategic in his academic pursuits. He’s structured his course load around tournaments and work obligations, and he’s carefully selected courses based on his career goals.</p><p>“The core courses in the program complement my full-time job,” he said. “For example, I could immediately apply concepts from the technical project management class to my job the next day. With the open electives, I’m tailoring courses to my personal ventures. I intentionally enrolled in an invention course so I could delve into the patent system for Trick Strat.”</p><p>While on campus, Ambrose heard about the inaugural Lion Cage pitch competition. Held through Penn State Great Valley’s <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship">REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship</a>, the daylong event allows students, alumni and community members to compete for cash prizes by sharing their business idea, product or startup.</p><p>He decided to participate — and came in first place.</p><p>“Winning Lion Cage was especially validating,” Ambrose said. “I was excited that people unfamiliar with esports understood my concept. For the first time, I felt like I could adequately summarize Trick Strat and the direction where I was headed.”</p><p>The competition became a turning point for Ambrose. His success connected him to Great Valley faculty and REV-UP staff, and after meeting with the campus’ advisory board, it was recommended that he attend the Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference at University Park. There, he discovered the services available to Penn State’s entrepreneurial community, including legal counsel and clinics that explore patents and trademarks.</p><div class="drupal-embed" embed_type="node" nid="3631" view_mode="embedded"></div><p>“Penn State connected me to a large network and provided me opportunities that I wouldn’t have had elsewhere,” he said. “Between University-wide initiatives like Invent Penn State and campus-based centers like REV-UP, Penn State fosters a community of entrepreneurship. Everyone I’ve met is so enthusiastic, and I feel like they want me to succeed.”</p><p>Now, Ambrose is growing his ventures. He developed a telestrating tool for Trick Strat so analysts can examine and explain specific plays to viewers during live broadcasts. He serves as a board member for the PA Esports Coalition, a nonprofit focused on the advancement and integrity of esports throughout the state. His company, Ambrose Gaming, continues to expand its services and clients.</p><p>“I’m grateful for my relationship with my dad,” Ambrose said. “In a way, he helped me get here. It’s funny how our stories parallel. He was an executive in the casino gaming industry. After college, I dealt blackjack and, through my consultant work, created casino software. Now he is a university instructor of gaming and hospitality. And ultimately that’s what I want to do — teach.”</p></div> Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:36:30 +0000 admin 3636 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu 2019 Summer Founders Program Logo https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/3436/2019/01/24/2019-summer-founders-program-logo <span>2019 Summer Founders Program Logo</span> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Penn State</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/photo_gallery_large/public/SFP-2019-555x212.jpg?itok=zmfXmil3" width="555" height="212" alt="2019 Summer Founders Program Logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/24/2019 - 11:45</span> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:45:30 +0000 admin 3436 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu Annual Lion Cage pitch competition set for Nov. 10, includes $5,000 in prizes https://greatvalley.psu.edu/story/2717/2018/10/03/annual-lion-cage-pitch-competition-set-nov-10-includes-5000-prizes <span>Annual Lion Cage pitch competition set for Nov. 10, includes $5,000 in prizes</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:00</span> <span class="post-date">2018-10-03T20:53:00GMT</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MALVERN, Pa. — Penn State Great Valley will hold the second annual <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship/lion-cage?utm_source=penn_state_news&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=lion_cage" target="_blank">Lion Cage</a> pitch competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.</p> <p>Designed for early-stage entrepreneurs, Lion Cage creates an opportunity to pitch business products or ideas to a judging panel of startup and business experts, receive valuable feedback, and compete for prizes. A total of $5,000 will awarded this year, and the contest is open to both the Penn State community and the public.</p> <p>The event is held through the campus’ <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship?utm_source=penn_state_news&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=lion_cage&utm_content=rev_up" target="_blank">REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship</a>, which was established in May 2016 through a grant from the <a href="https://invent.psu.edu/" target="_blank">Invent Penn State</a> Initiative. Operating in partnership with the Chester County Economic Development Council, REV-UP aims to engage and encourage Penn State students, faculty and community members to generate innovative, commercially-viable solutions to address existing and emerging business and social needs, and to support their entrepreneurial efforts as they serve the Philadelphia region.</p> <p>In its first year, Lion Cage saw 10 pitches from students, alumni and community members. Their ideas ranged from an Esports strategy app, to an on-demand child care center, to a community-centered coffee shop. Speakers included Michael Dermer, founder and author of the Lonely Entrepreneur, and Anthony Gold, co-founder of ROAR for Good.</p> <p>“Last year's inaugural event was a great success,” said Doug Schumer, faculty director for the REV-UP center. “Participants and attendees came together to celebrate entrepreneurship. This year we will build on that success, featuring a pitch contest with bigger awards and a keynote address by the entrepreneur and author Wayne Kimmel.”</p> <div data-embed-button="node" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:node.embed" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="5184ea21-fa93-423c-b69d-82f05aefe6e4" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div role="article" about="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/photo/2714/2018/10/03/wayne-kimmel" class="node image node-image embed clearfix"> <div class="content entity-embed"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/sites/greatvalley/files/styles/node_embed/public/WayneKimmel5R-cropped.jpg?itok=EsEruNte" width="300" height="451" alt="Wayne Kimmel, managing partner of SeventySix Capital" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> <div class="group-info field-group-div"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Wayne Kimmel, managing partner of SeventySix Capital, will deliver the keynote address at Lion Cage.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image: Wayne Kimmel</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="drupal-embed" embed_type="node" nid="2714" view_mode="embedded"></div> <p>A sports tech venture capitalist and philanthropist, <a href="https://www.seventysixcapital.com/wayne-kimmel/" target="_blank">Wayne Kimmel</a> has been named a top innovator by Philadelphia Magazine and is included on Philadelphia Business Journal's Power 100 list. He is the managing partner of SeventySix Capital, a venture capital company that invests in startup consumer facing tech companies in the sports, health and retail industries. Other partners include Jon Powell, CEO of Kravco Company LLC, a leading real estate company that developed the King of Prussia Mall, and Ryan Howard, former National League MVP and 2008 World Series champion with the Philadelphia Phillies.</p> <p>Competitors for this year’s event will be preselected through an application process. Interested individuals must complete the <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/form/lion-cage-pitch-application?utm_source=penn_state_news&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=lion_cage&utm_content=app" target="_blank">online application</a> by Friday, Oct. 19. Lion Cage is open to the public, but advance online registration is required. The event is sponsored by American Crane. More information is available at <a href="https://greatvalley.psu.edu/rev-up-center-for-entrepreneurship/lion-cage?utm_source=penn_state_news&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=lion_cage" target="_blank">greatvalley.psu.edu/lioncage</a>.</p> </div> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 19:00:53 +0000 admin 2717 at https://greatvalley.psu.edu