Penn State Shenango’s VenturePointe is an entrepreneurial incubator made possible by a $50,000 seed grant from Invent Penn State and a strong collaboration with the eCenter @ LindenPointe in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. The grant, which was given to the Shenango campus by Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron, was renewed after the first year for an additional two years.
This unique model is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success by serving as a hub which connects and unites entrepreneurship, co-working space, and community-driven economic development.
VenturePointe provides start-up resources for students who are interested in both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit agencies and is located at the eCenter @ LindenPointe. The VenturePointe incubator includes opportunities for:
- Meeting with faculty experts
- Collaborating with the eCente leadership
- Establishing internships
- Enhancing technology by utilizing the Maker’s Studio with 3Dprinting capabilities
- Leveraging the expertise of professional community members in various fields
- Working with the area Chamber of Commerce, Penn Northwest, Small Business Administration, SCORE, and other professional agencies
Students from all disciplines are invited to see what VenturePointe has to offer them, including those who would like to establish a “venture” as part of their upper-level course requirements and who are possibly interested in turning their projects into actual agencies or businesses.
The eCenter @ LindenPointe
The eCenter is a non-profit business incubator located in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to helping early-stage startup companies succeed.
- Office space
- Investor connections
- Programming and events
The eAcademy for high school students
The eAcademy provides local high school seniors with a unique, yearlong, immersive experience to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills, as well as confidence to become successful in an ever-changing, global economy.