With a $30,000 prize on the line, six student startup teams went head-to-head in this year’s Inc.U Competition, competing on WPSU’s show, “The Investment.” Much like the show it’s modeled after, “Shark Tank,” the show and the competition give participants hope to fuel their entrepreneurial dreams and valuable experience pitching their ideas to the panel of judges. As with the 2020 competition, this year’s Inc.U was held virtually, with three Penn State student startups each winning $10,000 to boost their startups.
Verde Mantis is located in Reading, PA and manufactures one of the easiest to use 3D printers called the Mantis 3D printer. Founder Joe Sinclair was looking for help improving and iterating on the design and functionality of the 3D printer, as well as for entrepreneurial connections to get his business off the ground. He learned about PennTAP through the Invent Penn State ecosystem and working out of Berks LaunchBox and reached out for assistance.
CEO Hunter Swisher worked with various Penn State units to launch and grow his startup, including The Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, the Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic and IP Clinic, Penn State’s Office of Technology Management, the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and PennTAP.
Erie Ale Works is a craft brewery in Erie, PA. They were planning to remodel the facility and wanted to increase production as well as incorporate energy efficiency into the renovation.
Penn State News. Three Penn State student startups each won $10,000 for their startups in our annual “Shark Tank”-style Inc.U Competition.
Penn State News. The top six Penn State student startup teams from our 2021 Inc.U Competition will compete on WPSU’s Shark Tank-style TV show “The Investment” for a chance at a share of up to $30,000 in funding for their startup. The show will air on WPSU-TV and can be streamed at live.wpsu.org at 8 p.m. May 13.
Nickel Farm, located in Sharpsville, PA, is a small family-owned farm which raises dairy cattle for milk production and grows corn and soybeans. The farm needed an energy audit as well as assistance with a grant application to upgrade its grain dryer.
Penn State News. Penn State has been awarded five grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Manufacturing PA initiative. The initiative awarded $2 million across 29 grants in total and will bring together government, industry and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.
West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund. WPPSEF has awarded a grant to Penn State University’s Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), amounting in $25,000, to enable a workforce and education development project surrounding alternative energy technology at the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute (FCCTI).
The top six student startup teams have been selected for the 2021 Inc.U Competition. The following startups will compete on WPSU’s Shark Tank-style TV show “The Investment” for a chance at a share of up to $30,000 in funding for their startup.