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.
Penn State News. The 2021 Inc.U Competition application deadline is Feb. 8. Interested students may apply online. The top six student teams will pitch their startup to a panel of judges in a televised competition for a chance to win up to $30,000 in funding.
Happy Valley Soup Company (HVS) creates and manufactures homemade gourmet dried soup mixes. As their business continues to expand, they are looking for ways to increase their operational productivity and attract new customers.
Since the Inc.U Competition officially launched in 2015, it has produced 10 winning teams and provided $120,000 in prize money. Those 10 startups have since grown, shifted, and encountered new challenges and successes. This is the third in an article series which will explore where some of the winning teams are now, how the pandemic has impacted their businesses, and what the next big steps for their companies are. CastPak is a portable turnkey high-quality livestreaming solution.
Bon Tool is a professional hand tool manufacturer and supplier in Allegheny County, PA.
While planning for process improvement projects, Bon Tool reached out to PennTAP for energy assistance.
Penn State News. By using artificial intelligence and machine learning, small- and medium-sized American manufacturing can be cleaner and cheaper.
In 2015, a large beverage bottling plant in northeastern Pennsylvania planned to reduce its overall water usage by 25% over a ten-year period, ending in 2025. The plant’s goal was to increase profitability while reducing energy and environmental costs.
Based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the plant also identified six focus areas for improvement: agriculture, water, packaging, product, climate, and people. These were considered during PennTAP’s assessment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $412,643 grant to PennTAP. The grant will be used to provide Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency (P2/E2) technical assistance and Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) events for Pennsylvania food and beverage manufacturers as well as metal manufacturers and fabricators.
This small family-owned poultry processor located in northeastern PA is a supplier of kosher turkeys, Cornish game hens, and chickens, which are processed and sold in different size packages. In the summer of 2019, the poultry processor came to PennTAP looking for general consulting on how to reduce their energy consumption.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On September 25, the EPA announced the award of $9.3 million to 42 groups nationwide in support of pollution prevention activities, including Penn State’s PA Technical Assistance Program for businesses.