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Connect with Faculty and Business

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We're working hard to connect entrepreneurial faculty within our college and university network with business partners to help drive commercialization. With more than 5000 faculty members to choose from, working with ITN is like accessing the resources of a major research institution!

Have a project in mind? If you have a potential business or faculty project that you would like the team to consider, please fill out this brief project summary (This is a PDF file, if you prefer, you may complete the project summary form in Word format.) Once the form is completed, please email it to us at itnwk@psu.edu.  We'll let you know if the project is a good match and potential next steps.


As a PA BUSINESS professional
, we know you don't have time to visit every campus and roam the hallways to meet talented faculty and pick the individual(s) that best suits your project. Let us do that for you! We'll work with you to understand your business needs, and then do our best to identify and locate the right faculty/student combination.  (To help raise your visibility and foster connections, we encourage you to post your profile to our interactive Enclave community.)  Connect with us to start your conversation.

As a ACADEMIC member, we know you're busy with a full course load, student-related activities, and existing project work. And we know you appreciate assistance identifying and connecting with businesses on projects for both you and your students. Let us help you engage with business and connect on potential student-related projects. We'll work with you to understand your specialties and project interests, and then do our best to connect you with the right business partner to make it happen.  (To help raise your visibility and foster connections, we encourage you to post your profile to our interactive Enclave community.) Connect with us to start your conversation.


What kind of projects do faculty, students and businesses work on?

  • market research
  • accelerating new product development
  • refining existing products
  • competitive analysis and data collection
  • validating product deliverables
  • providing graphics, design, and messaging for product launch
  • testing new products
  • scientific research
  • assisting in prototype development

Industry expertise varies by project, however, here are a few examples of the sand boxes we play in:

  • information technology
  • health care
  • manufacturing
  • energy
  • biodiesel
  • agriculture
   

International Collaboration

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Greetings! Bonjour! Hola! Konichiwa! Guten Tag! Jambo! Namaste!

The Innovation Transfer Network is pleased to be working with the Pa Department of Community and Economic Development to highlight international activity taking place at private sector companies in Pennsylvania, as well as across our ITN college and university network. This is a new addition to the site, so join the conversation! To submit your news, email us at itnwk@psu.edu.

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Team PA International Initiatives Manager

Lindsay Michael is the Team PA Foundation's International Initiatives Manager, a new position created in partnership with DCED's Office of International Business Development (OIBD). Michael's primary responsibility will be to coordinate, establish and help run the Foundation's International Business Advisory Board. This group of private sector representatives will serve as a resource for OIBD and guide the strategic direction of their trade development efforts. She will also assist in the coordination and planning of any future governor-led trade missions. Michael has a Bachelor's Degree from Elizabethtown College in International Business, marketing concentration, with a minor in Spanish.

Kenya Welcomes "Creative Minds" from Penn State Berks

Reading - Penn State Berks' students along with their professors, the "Creative Minds" team, took a recent trip to Nyeri, Kenya.  The Team taught the children from the CYEC - Children and Youth Empowerment Center - about electronic waste, dismantling the waste properly, and how to create jewelry and art pieces from the waste. The Creative Minds Team visited multiple individuals and organizations to discuss collaboratation for the future of the project. In addition, the Team is currently working on marketing the product in Reading, PA which is funded by a Program and Course Development Grant from National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).  Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and Coordinator of the Engineering Entrepreneurship minor, and Dr. Janelle Larson, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Head of Engineering, Business and Computing Division, are the grant investigators.  In this project, Penn State Berks is collaborating with Jomo Kenyatta  University of Agricultural and Technology (JKUAT).  "The idea of creating jewelry and other pieces of art out of electronic waste in Kenya was very innovative in many ways: reducing the waste, creating sustainable solutions for the population of street-dwelling young people in Kenya, and contributing to youth education," commented Dr. Kulturel-Konak.

Senior Students From Elizabethtown College Conduct Market Research Overseas

Elizabethtown - Elizabethtown College seniors had the opportunity this spring for some real-time experience in the area of international business as they researched overseas markets for regional companies through the Collaborative Industry Partnership (CIP) program at the College.

Hossein Varamini, professor of Finance and International Business at Elizabethtown, and Martin Brill, program manager of International Trade at Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in Harrisburg, worked together to devise a new course project for the Elizabethtown College International Business (IB) Senior Seminar class.  Click here to read more.

Click here to view a video of one project.

Elizabethtown College Works to Create Sustainable Solutions in Gambia

Elizabethtown - Dr. Petru Sandu, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at Elizabethtown College is involved in a collaboration between two US institutions: Elizabethtown College and Rowan University (including the student chapter of Engineers without Borders), and the University of The Gambia.  The purpose is to foster the collaboration between students in engineering and business to solve problems in Gambian communities.  Their vision is to create environmentally and economically sustainable solutions that the local population can afford and will choose to use.  Current projects include photovoltaic power systems for lighting and pumping water, hand powered water pumps fabricated locally, and a system of using compacted peanut shells as a cooking fuel.

 

   

Intellectual Property

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ITN has established relationships with intellectual property (IP) professionals in the education sector who can assist partner institutions, faculty, and their business colleagues with IP questions and opportunities ranging from definitions, to the development of technology transfer agreements, NDA's and other templates.

An initial consultation is provided at no charge by ITN and additional services are offered at a reduced rate through the Network.
   

Seed Assistance Grants

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The Innovation Transfer Network connects businesses to faculty and students at institutions of higher education in Central PA to stimulate applied research, leverage innovation in the marketplace, and accelerate commercialization of technology.  One of the ways we do this is by providing Seed Assistance Grants, small close-to-commercialization research grants, to faculty researchers collaborating with companies in the region to develop new technologies and products that are useful in the marketplace.  Please see the Seed Assistance Grant program guidelines for more information.

 

   

Seed Assistance Grant Application

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Please click on the following link to download and view the application.

Seed Assistance Grant Application

 

 

   

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