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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Perfecting the Investor Pitch at March Innovation Cafe

If you are conducting breakthrough research that could make a significant impact on society if available outside an academic setting, this Innovation Cafe is for you!

Join us for the March 26 Innovation Cafe as nationally recognized innovation and entrepreneurial mentors Merom Klein, Ph.D. and Louise Yochee Klein, Psy.D., of Courage Institute International, share key techniques to capture the imagination of investors. Merom and Louise advise entrepreneurial leaders in corporate, academic and incubator settings throughout the United States, Israel, Canada, Scotland, Singapore and Kenya. The team also serve as mentors and entrepreneur coaches for Keiretsu Forum Mid-
Atlantic, as well as, adjunct professors in business communication at Temple University.

The Courage Institute International provides expertise in generative thinking and innovation leadership, using data driven “voice-of-the-customer” inquiry, diverse cross-functional perspectives and creative breakthrough thinking techniques to accelerator the innovation process.

The Innovation Cafe will cover:

  • How to “pitch” a technology to investors and provide valuable feedback on how your pitch may be received
  • What do to if an investor wants to fund the technology
  • How to capture the imagination of investors, who march to a different rhythm from your academic colleagues
  • How to access the commercial potential of an academic discovery as an entrepreneurial venture or as an innovation that could be licensed to a company
  • What is required to be the CEO, COO, CTO or CBO of a company

Following the half-day workshop, Merom and Louise will be available for individual sessions with investigators who want to discuss specific technologies and how to effectively communicate the research to potential investors.

Please contact the Office of Technology Development directly if you would like to schedule an individual session 717.531.8496 or Space is limited. REGISTER TODAY!

Innovation Café Recognized by University Industry Innovation Network


This spring, the Innovation Café is going to Spain! The University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) is recognizing the Innovation Café for its best practices in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. On April 23-25, the Innovation Café will attend at the UIIN international conference, held in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition to being recognized in front of 300 participants at the University-Industry Interaction Conference 2014, the Innovation Café will present at the conference, and will also be published in the UIIN journal. The Innovation Café has also been named a finalist for the 2013 UEDA Awards of Excellence.

Much in line with the Innovation Café’s goal of facilitating collaboration among innovators and entrepreneurs, the UIIN Team emphasizes networking between universities and industry. The conference will focus on equipping members to share research, recognize innovative achievements, sponsor events to enhance inter-collegiate collaboration, and highlight progress in the field.

If you haven’t yet gotten involved with the Innovation Café, it’s not too late to connect! The Innovation Café aims to help startups get off the ground, hosting monthly networking events, offering resources for entrepreneurs, and collaborating with investigators, investors, and innovators.

As the Innovation Café continues to pick up speed, keep up here on our blog, find us on the OTD website, or follow us on Twitter.

Are you looking to fund an early stage technology in Central PA? Don’t miss the next Innovation Cafe!

The Innovation Cafe is going big in 2014! On February 12, we will be hosting a SUPER SIZED event focused on finding capital for early-stage technologies in Central Pennsylvania.

The program will begin with networking and a light breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Penn State Hershey University Conference Center.  Michael Hund, J.D., attorney at McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC will kick off the program discussing the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and guidelines for soliciting investors.

Kelly Wylam, director of the Innovation Partnership will share opportunities and resources available for early-stage companies to secure federal funding. The goal of the Innovation Partnership is to help early-stage technology companies in Pennsylvania secure federal funding.

To conclude the program, a panel of investment experts including; Mel Billingsley, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania, Steve Brawley, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology PArtners of Northern and Central Pennsylvania, and Ira Wallace, M.D., M.B.A, who serves as the regional vice president for Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic.

The event will conclude with networking and lunch. The program is free but space is limited. Reserve your spot today!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Penn State Hershey – University Conference Center 

8:00 a.m. Networking/Breakfast
8:30 a.m. SEC Rules & Guidelines
for soliciting investors
9:20 a.m. Federal Funding Sources
10:15 a.m. Early Stage Funding
11:30 a.m. Networking/Lunch

Innovation Cafe takes over The Hershey Story

On December 5, members of the Penn State Hershey community, entrepreneurs, investors, small business owners and economic development agencies from Central Pennsylvania and beyond took over The Hershey Story. A venue dedicated to the life and legacy of successful entrepreneur, Milton S. Hershey. Guests enjoyed great food & drink while touring the museum and sharing what they are doing to foster innovation and economic development in Central Pennsylvania.

We are going big in 2014! Don’t miss the next Innovation Cafe on February 12. We are bringing together a panel of local experts to discuss funding opportunities. Show us the money! Registration is now open.

Want to know more about the Innovation Cafe – contact us at Share your thoughts bout the entrepreneurial ecosystem  @innovcafe #innovationcentralpa

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Local digital health entrepreneur featured on

Entrepreneurship is all about having something to offer, being a go-getter, and—wait for it—networking. Local entrepreneur David Scher, M.D., was highlighted this week as a healthcare and life science entrepreneur to follow by

Every week, eMed, the digital health entrepreneurial community at, highlights six entrepreneurs to watch. On November 22, eMed encouraged readers to follow Scher, recognizing him as a key player in the field. Not only does eMed applaud his networking skills, but it features him as a person to know for other entrepreneurs seeking connection and role models in the digital health space.

Among his many other accomplishments, from his investigative work for pacemakers and implantable defibrillators, to his pioneering of remote cardiac monitoring of cardiac rhythm devices, Scher founded DLS Healthcare Consulting. The company sprouted in response to the takeoff of mobile and digital healthcare, providing the interpersonal, clinical component that technologies may lack.

In addition to his entrepreneurial success, Scher also blogs and tweets to share his insights with the next generation of innovators. Be sure to follow our own digital health expert to broaden your network!

View the article online at!