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York Invent Penn State Launch

York celebrates the launch of Working Class and Start-Up Challenge winners

Penn State President Eric Barron, Penn State York officials and Erin Casey, co-founder and board member of Working Class, announced the launch of Working Class, a makerspace partnership, to a crowd of more than 100 on Aug. 9 on the stage of the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at Penn State York. The winners of the 2016-17 Start-Up Challenge, a business pitch competition for students, were also recognized during this celebration of entrepreneurship, leadership, partnerships and innovation.
York Invent Penn State Launch

York Invent Penn State Launch

Penn State President Eric Barron, left, talks with team members from Home Solutions, the winners of the student Start-Up Challenge at Penn State York. Home Solutions uses near-field communication technology to make using smart devices easier and more convenient. Barron visited the campus to celebrate the work of the innovation hub at Penn State York funded by Invent Penn State. Pictured across from Barron are team members James Oplinger, Michael Wakeling and Michael Culbreth, left to right. Other team members, not pictured, are Steven Asten and Sahil Heighes. In the background is Bill Cantor, a Penn State York information sciences and technology faculty member, who works with the Start-Up Challenge and The Graham Center.

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York announces launch of Working Class and winners of student Start-Up Challenge

Penn State President Eric Barron, Penn State York officials, and Erin Casey, co-founder and board member of Working Class, will announce the launch of Working Class, a makerspace partnership, at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 9 in the theater of the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the York campus. The winners of the Start-Up Challenge at Penn State York also will be announced at the event.
York Start-Up Challenge1 2017

York Start-Up Challenge1 2017

Penn State York students, left to right, Lorraine Peters, Michelle Lin, and Colin Miller, work on prototypes and share ideas as part of the Design Thinking Training that was a part of the requirements for the Start-Up Challenge.

York Start-Up Challenge 2017

York Start-Up Challenge 2017

Erin Casey, partner and a trainer with Design Quake, York, Pennsylvania, measures the spaghetti and marshmallow tower Penn State York students Koven Leatherman and Athena Koufomihalis built as part of their Design Thinking Training workshop. Both Leatherman and Koufomihalis are participating in the Start-Up Challenge and are on the APP THIS team. The Start-Up Challenge is funded by a $25,000 grant from Invent Penn State, and the finale is set for Friday, April 21 at the campus.

York Invent Penn State Grant 2016

York campus receives $50,000 seed grant through Invent Penn State

Penn State York is the recipient of a $50,000 seed grant to expand entrepreneurial endeavors through the Invent Penn State initiative. York is one of six campuses recently named as part of the newest wave of entrepreneurial sites across the Commonwealth that are poised to become economic strengths in their region.
York Invent Penn State Grant1 2016

York Invent Penn State Grant1 2016

Maura Beaver, LeRoy Watkins, and Bethany Lilley, left to right, are May 2016 Penn State York graduates who participated in The Graham Center.  The medallions worn around their necks signify their successful completion of the program.  #psugrad

York Invent Penn State Grant 2016

York Invent Penn State Grant 2016

Michael DelGrosso, vice president for global sales and marketing at DelGrosso Foods, left, speaks with Penn State York students Samantha Glancey, Aqsa Siddiqui and Terry Knarr, left to right, during the Graham Speakers Series on campus. Thanks to a seed grant through the Invent Penn State initiative, students in The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies will have the opportunity to engage in the various business, planning and municipal aspects of the design of Working Class, a centrally located makerspace in downtown York.