Social Entrepreneurship into scalable and impactful business ventures

The Innovation Cafe celebrated Tax Day with an engaging and enlightening presentation from Khanjan Mehta, founding director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program at Penn State University. Khanjan shared his insights on social entrepreneurship, innovation and how to create scaleable business ventures while positively impacting society.

Missed the Khanjan’s discussion or want to see it again? We have you covered – presentation can be found here.

Hope you can join us on June 25 for our summer kick-off networking event. Info and registration is available at

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Intrapreneurship – Redefining business as usual

On March 26, the Innovation Cafe welcomed Marion Chamberlain, nationally recognized speaker, business strategist and corporate trainer. Marion shared with the Innovation Cafe the value of intrapreneurship, tips on how to serve as an organizational innovation leader and impact growth by becoming an entrepreneur on the job. Intrapreneurship also serves as a launch pad to become a full-blown entrepreneur.

Marion’s presentation can be found here.  Looking for additional inspiration? Follow Marion on twitter @marionchamberla.

What will you do today to become more intrapreneurial?

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Social Entrepreneurship + Innovation

Join us at the next Innovation Café on Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00 a.m. at the Penn State Hershey University Conference Center as we discuss social entrepreneurship and innovation.

Social entrepreneurship is a powerful movement in business. It is a method to develop innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues. Social entrepreneurs are driving innovation, enterprise and the well being of individuals around the globe.

Director of Penn State University’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program, Khanjan Mehta, joins the Innovation Café to discuss the development of transformative social innovations and business models that convert technology solutions into sustainable and scalable ventures, enabling and accelerating positive social change.

Networking and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. followed by the formal program at 8:30 a.m. Space is limited. Register at:



Innovation and influence as an intrapreneur on 3/26

Join us at the next Innovation Café on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. in the Hershey Center for Applied Research as we discuss how to innovate and influence as an intrapreneur.

A growing business trend, an intrapreneur describes an individual within a larger established organization who is directly responsible for turning an idea into a profitable products or service through innovation and risk-taking behaviors displayed in an entrepreneur. Nationally recognized speaker, business strategist and corporate trainer Marion Chamberlain will share tips on how to serve as an organizational innovation leader and impact growth by becoming an entrepreneur on the job.

Marion brings more than 15 years experience working with entrepreneurs, start-up companies and executive leaders at a variety of leading organizations and academic institutions helping to create leaders who inspire change and spark innovation.

A light breakfast and networking begins at 8:00 a.m. followed by the formal program at 8:30 a.m.

Space is limited. Register at:

Celebrate 2014 at our holiday networking reception

The Innovation Café and Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania’s Founders Roundtable are teaming up for a holiday networking event at one of the newest restaurants in Central Pennsylvania, Café 1500. The Founders Roundtable is a group of Pennsylvania founders seeking to promote and support high technology start-up companies and entrepreneurs throughout the state.

Join fellow innovators and entrepreneurs for networking over complimentary appetizers and drinks beginning at 5:30 p.m.

2014 has been a year of progress for Central Pennsylvania innovators. Come out to celebrate these accomplishments and collaborate on future initiatives!

The event is free but registration is required. Reserve your spot today!

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Innovation Happens Over Coffee – November Innovation Cafe

Join us for the November Innovation Cafe! It will be on Wednesday, November 19 from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Cocoa Beanery in Hummelstown, PA.

Come out to this event to chat over coffee or tea with innovators, entrepreneurs, and others involved in the world of innovation. The connections you make at this event could lead to a new phase in your career!

If you are new to the Innovation Cafe events, the Innovation Ambassadors can be your guides during this event! They can help to introduce you to others at the event and facilitate networking.

Interested in attending this event? You can register here and remember, space is limited! You can also connect with us at our twitter, @InnovCafe, or visit our website for more information about what we do.

The spirit of innovation is alive and well in Central Pennsylvania!

October 29 marked the fourth annual Penn State Hershey Innovation Awards. Faculty, staff, students, partners and the community gathered to celebrate the spirit of innovation.

The Innovation Awards recognize members of the Penn State Hershey community whose ideas moved forward through execution of a license agreement, starting a company or earning a patent between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The award ceremony began in 2011 to raise awareness of the innovation and commercialization activity taking place among Penn State Hershey researchers.

A dinner was held at the University Conference Center followed by a keynote address by Charles Smith, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Apogee Biotechnology Corporation, Inc., entrepreneur-in-residence at Penn State College of Medicine and professor within the Department of Pharmacology. As a faculty entrepreneur, Charles shared his journey of starting a company and tips for those who follow in his path.

Following the keynote address, awards were presented by Drs. Sheila Vrana, Ronald Huss and Kurt Kissinger along with respective department chairs. The Office of Technology Development recognized 25 individuals for their achievements during this event.

Congratulations to the following individuals and departments: Cellular and Molecular Physiology – Yuguang (Roger) Shi, Ph.D., Computer and Information Systems – Mathea Jacobs, Dermatology – Diane Thiboutot, M.D., Emergency Medicine – Christopher DeFlitch, M.D., Humanities – Michael Green, M.D., Benjamin Levi, M.D., Ph.D., Medicine – Abraham Mathew, M.D., Neurosurgery – Mark Dias, M.D., Ophthalmology – Joseph Sassani, M.D., Pathology – Keri Donaldson, M.D., Pharmacology – Arun Sharma, Ph.D., Dongxiao Sun, Ph.D., Kent Vrana, Ph.D., Todd Eric Fox, Ph.D., Surgery – Peter Dillon, M.D., Donald MacKay, M.D., D.D.S., Randy Haluck, M.D., Pennsylvania Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program – Carroll Rottmund, B.S.N., R.N., CLNC, CMI, Kelly Cappos, B.S.N., R.N., CLNC, CBIS, Marie Reed, M.Ed., B.S.N., R.N. and Mechanical Engineering, Mary Frecker, Ph.D. External collaborators included Barry Fell, M.S., TPC Designs, Joshua Allen, Ph.D. Oncoceutics and Gen Sheng Wu, Ph.D., Wayne State University.

The culmination of the event was the presentation of three awards for outstanding achievements in innovation; the Student Award for Excellence in Innovation given to Andrew Kelleher, Ph.D., Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Investigator to Watch Award given to Arati Sharma, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology; and the Innovator of the Year Award given to the Surgery Innovation Group (SIG).

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