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Staying current on the Penn State startup and entrepreneurial community

06
Mar

Celebrating Women’s History Month | Women in STEM

The History behind Women’s History Month  March marks the beginning of Women’s History month, a month designated to recognize the contributions of women in society, throughout history. What was originally known as “Women’s History Week” in 1982, has deservedly transformed over the years into an entire month aimed at celebrating the vital role of women...
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21
Feb

Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs from Bliley

Every entrepreneur has a story that is unique to their industry, their team, and ultimately their journey to success for their company. Although no two success stories are identical, when experienced entrepreneurs share the knowledge of typical business practices that they have applied, it proves to be helpful to those who will come along the...
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07
Feb

Happy Valley: Live & Launch

According to Entrepreneur.com, Happy Valley is “One of the Top 15 Places to Live and Launch a Business.” Whether it’s because of the inspiring energy that students bring, or the sight of local businesses thriving in the community, Happy Valley gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to live and grow in a promising environment.  But what exactly...
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12
Jun

1855 Capital and Maumee Ventures Announce Investment in Phospholutions

1855 Capital is excited to welcome our newest portfolio company, Phospholutions, to the 1855 Capital family!  We have been working with Phospholutions for a while to put together a great deal and were very excited that Maumee Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE), invested alongside 1855 Capital. Phospholutions products help reduce...
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19
Nov

PLEDGE IT Featured on CBS Sports

1855 Capital is really proud of PLEDGE IT for helping fight childhood cancer. The annual Touchdowns Against Cancer fundraising campaign benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital uses the PLEDGE IT platform to power their fundraising efforts. Recently, CBS Sports featured PLEDGE IT during the “NFL Today” broadcast and tweeted a video highlighting some of the...
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29
Oct

1855 Capital’s Interview on WPSU Digging Deeper

1855 Capital Managing Director Matt Rhodes, and Director of Second Stage Capital at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (and friend of the fund) John Sider, sat down with Penn State President Eric Barron to talk about the impact of the INVENT Penn State initiative and 1855 Capital on communities in Pennsylvania.  The interview aired...
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03
May

PSU Startup Week Social Innovation Challenge

Background Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to compete in the first ever Penn State Startup Week Social Innovation Challenge. This competition pitted just over a dozen teams against each other in a chance to create a startup that somehow betters society. It was split into two rounds of judging, with seven teams advancing past...
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19
Apr

Mobilizing Tech Transfer in the Eberly College of Science

For five years, I have been fortunate enough to work alongside faculty, staff, administration, and alumni to enable technology transfer in the Eberly College of Science (ECoS). I started in ECoS as the first Intellectual Property/Technology Transfer Intern in 2013. It was a big title and responsibility for a graduate student who had experienced little...
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21
Feb

Entrepreneurship in the College of Agricultural Sciences

Introduction As entrepreneurship continues to occupy more of the spotlight around the Penn State community, the College of Agricultural Sciences is taking several major steps to stay ahead of the curve. I had the opportunity to meet with Scott Welsh, the entrepreneur-in-residence in the College of Agricultural Sciences Fieldstone Innovations. Scott and his team are...
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