Research to Start-Up workshop planned for Feb. 25

February 21, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The TechCelerator@State College will again offer its free Research to Start-Up workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Room 243 of the Technology Center across from The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

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If you are a Penn State faculty member, researcher or student who has considered starting a business by commercializing Penn State research, this workshop is for you. You’ll receive an overview on the steps necessary to turn research results into a profitable business venture. Last year, this entrepreneurial training class filled up quickly. Topics that will be discussed include:

-- An update on Penn State’s intellectual property policies
-- The importance of filing an Invention Disclosure with Penn State
-- Key business issues to be considered
-- How to recognize a market opportunity
-- Early-stage financing and where to find it

This seminar, which is co-sponsored by Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network, Penn State’s Small Business Development Center and the Penn State Office of Technology Management, is an excellent opportunity to come and discuss your ideas with others who have a similar interest, while also gaining a better understanding of the commercialization process. For more information, contact Don McCandless at 814-865-2040 or, and Maria Spencer at 814-867-2986 or

A partnership designed to offer the region’s entrepreneurs, students, faculty members and small business owners designated space, loan and investment programs, business support and mentoring services, and entrepreneurial training all housed in one location. This innovative, one-stop-shop approach to business incubation will encourage an entrepreneurial climate, increase technology transfer opportunities and help develop a robust “startup” culture in State College and the surrounding area.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, provides operational assistance, entrepreneurial support, and investment capital to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania.

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