A beautiful night for networking on the porch of the Cocoa Beanery

The sky cleared and the sun shone brightly just in time for the June 19th Innovation Cafe! The Summer Networking event was held on the porch of the Cocoa Beanery. The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Pennsylvania caught up while enjoying samples from Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, a local start-up.

Congratulations to our gift basket winner, Luke Peterschmidt! We send special thanks to Mount Gretna Craft Brewery for the beer tasting and the Cocoa Beanery  for hosting the event.

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Join us at the Cocoa Beanery June 19 for the summer networking event

MGCB_CanoeOvalJoin us for our Innovation Café summer networking event on Thursday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cocoa Beanery in Hummelstown, Pa. Come for great networking, music, and samples from the area’s newest start-up, the small-batch brewing company, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery.

The event will include complimentary craft beer tastings from Mount Gretna Craft Brewery and appetizers from the Cocoa Beanery. Blues singer and songwriter Danielle Miraglia will also perform as part of theHershey Farmers Market Summer Concert Series. The Farmers Market was established in 2010 to increase accessibility to healthy, locally-grown foods in the community and sponsors a series of free concerts every Thursday.

The event is free and will be held rain or shine. Lawn chairs will be provided. Register for the event today!

PA Department of Health secretary, Penn State Hershey spin-off company share updates at May event

Innovation Cafe’s May event gave attendees an opportunity not only to network and learn how to translate scientific discoveries into marketable products, but also to hear presentations from prominent individuals working in the life science industry. Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary Michael Wolf discussed the state of the life science and healthcare industries in Pennsylvania. Later, representatives from the Penn State Hershey spin-off company Oncoceutics shared an update about the significant milestones they recently achieved in cancer therapeutics. If you couldn’t make it to the May Innovation Cafe, a recording is available here.


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Innovation Cafe participants learn to ‘perfect their investor pitch’

The March 26 Innovation Cafe event gave attendees the opportunity to speak with nationally recognized innovation and entrepreneurial mentors Merom Klein, Ph.D. and Louise Yochee Klein, Psy.D. They discussed interactions with investors, from perfecting the original pitch for a technology to the steps to take after an investor shows interest in funding the technology. The half-day workshop also focused on accessing the commercial potential of an academic finding and how to proceed from that point. If you missed this Innovation Cafe, you can view a recording of the event here.

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Innovation Café hosts Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary to discuss state life science

During this day and age, healthcare is always on our radar, affecting anything from the economy, to workforce development, and more. This makes life science company research and development increasingly important for not only the state of Pennsylvania, but for the nation as a whole.

Join Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary Michael Wolf at the next Innovation Café to hear what he has to say about the lay of the Pennsylvania life sciences land. From 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Penn State Hershey University Conference Center, Secretary Wolf will address the State of the Life Sciences in Pennsylvania.

Also during this hour and a half, Penn State Hershey spin-off company, Oncoceutics, will share updates on their recent milestones in cancer therapeutics, including recent FDA approval to enter Phase 1 of clinical trials.

Slots are limited! Register today!

Comcast Business: Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Contest

Calling all entrepreneurs and small-business owners! Now through April 30, join the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Contest by Comcast Business is offering innovators the chance to win up to $20,000 in cash and a suite of services.

There’s no doubt about it—technology has revolutionized the professional world. Share your story of how your small business uses technology to enhance customer or employee experience, and you could win one of 32 regional winner prizes, or one of six grand prizes.

How can you enter?

  • Describe your current business
  • Identify the need that the technology filled
  • Detail and explain how technology enhanced customer or employee experience
  • Share your next steps in expanding the technology

Seems manageable, right? You’re just writing about what you already do!

Apply now through April 30! Comcast Business will select the 32 Regional Winners during the first weeks of May, and the public will vote to choose the Grand Prize Winners from May 20 – June 1. The Grand Prize Winners will be announced July 3!

Whether your use of technology includes using the cloud, increasing employees’ mobile capabilities, or networking and collaborating through use of technology, Comcast Business wants to recognize the innovative ways to improve customer and employee experience.

Central Pennsylvania gathers to discuss funding for new technologies

On February 12th the Central Pennsylvania entrepreneurial community gathered to discuss where to find capital to commercialize new technologies.  A panel of experts including Kelly Wylam, director of the Innovation Partnership, Mel Billingsley, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania, Richard Heddleson, director at Ben Franklin Technology PArtners, Michael Hund, attorney at McNees Wallace and Nurick, and Ira Wallace, M.D., M.B.A., regional vice president of the Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic, provided the audience with tips, techniques and resources to engage investors and raise funds for a new technology.

Thank you to all those to attended the program and our speakers for participating. Hope to see you at ‘Perfecting the Investor Pitch‘ on March 26.

If you missed the event, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Watch the full presentation here. 

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