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Upcoming Events

There are a lot of events in the upcoming weeks and months for
entrepreneurs and innovators who are seeking to meet like minds. 
The IC is holding two events at the end of February: 

1. Entrepreneur Meetup 
Date: 2/23/2015 5:00-7:00pm
Hosted by: Summerhouse Cafe
Location: 2605 Washington Ave., Erie, PA

Please RSVP either by emailing
or by visiting the group's page on

2. Innovation Collaborative Open Meetup
Date: 2/27/2015 3:00-5:00
Location: Admiral Room, Blasco Library
Guest Speaker: Sean Fedorko CEO NWPA Tech Council
Sean will speak about Fiber Internet and
his vision for the Tech Council re-boot. 

RSVP by emailing

Tech Savvy Conference

Edinboro University is hosting the Tech Savvy conference with the Erie Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career conference for girls in grades 6-9 and their parents/teachers. For more information, please contact Beth Zewe:

Edinboro's Website Re-design / New Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Nathan Ritchey has been named Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Dr. Ritchey is a Board Member of the Innovation Collaborative. Congratulations Dr. Ritchey! Edinboro University has also completed a remodel of their digital space. Check out their new website

Semi-Finalists submit business plans for OH-PENN's College Business Plan Competition 

The eCenter@LindenPoint is the creator and host organization for the Oh-Penn for Business College Business Plan Competition. This competition gives college students from Ohio and Pennsylvania the opportunity to compete in a business plan competition against their peers at other schools for cash prizes (and glory).

Consisting of three rounds, the competition is rigorous. Real-world investors, industry specialists, small business consultants, and subject matter experts review and judge the competition. The competition culminates in an in-person Competition Day at Grove City College where the 8 teams compete for the ultimate prize. (Read More)


Penn State Behrend's iMBA ranked seventh best in the Nation.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Penn State’s online master of business administration program the seventh-best in the nation, sharing a position with Carnegie Mellon University. U.S. News evaluated the programs using four criteria: faculty credentials, student engagement, admissions selectivity and student services and technology.

Ben Franklin Announces Seven Finalists for the Big Idea Contest!
  • Wei-Shin Lai with Acoustic Sheep, LLC
  • Zak Stahlsmith with ApexDrop Influence Marketing
  • Duane Clement with Data Inventions
  • Todd Scalise with Mosaix
  • Mary Jo Light with Integrated Machine Company
  • Fred Zeyfang with Plastic Innovations and Technologies
  • Harb Nayar with TAT Technologies

The BlueTree Allied Angels are holding their monthly investor meeting. 
This month's meeting will include a presentation by Mitsubishi Electric on investment opportunities in power related early stage companies

Date: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Time: 4:15-7:30 pm
Location: Erie Club, 524 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16501

For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Beth Zimmer:
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