spotLESS Materials Participates in P&G’s CES 2021

spotLess Materials, an 1855 Capital portfolio company that designs sustainable, ultra-effective coatings and cleaning solutions, recently participated in Procter & Gamble’s 2021 Innovation Challenge. In December, spotLess Materials, alongside three other national start-ups with revolutionary eco-friendly innovations, was named a P&G Ventures Innovation Challenge Finalist, and was invited to present at the CES 2021 virtual...
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Phospholutions: Series A Funding Success

Phospholutions, an 1855 Capital portfolio company that specializes in designing sustainable fertilizer components, recently closed a Series A round of funding in which the team raised an impressive $10.3 million (read more here). Phospholutions plans to use the funding to expand its presence in the agricultural products industry by both expanding its product offerings and building valuable...
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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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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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The $5 million on-campus Venture Capital experience – The Garber Fund

Overview The Garber Venture Capital Fund at Penn State University has developed into an excellent educational program for aspiring Penn State students with an interest in venture capital, investing, and banking. It was established in 1999, thanks to a $5 million commitment from Penn State Alumnus Dr. John Garber, and his wife Bette. Peter Whalen...
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Penn State’s unique Wall Street experience – The Nittany Lion Fund

Brief Overview The Nittany Lion Fund is a student-run organization sponsored by the Smeal College of Business. It is a $7 million hedge fund with two goals: To outperform the market, providing a strong return for its investors To educate its students, in order to help them obtain careers on Wall Street Origins The Nittany...
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