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Accelerator Praised!

Testimonials like these are important to share. When we consider infrastructure that supports an entrepreneurial ecosystem, the educational and financial impacts of an accelerator program are vital. 

"As you know, I recently attended the Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University. The talent there is incredible and so is the directed energy of Jeff Parnell's team, especially SBDC Director Maggie Horne, and SBDC Special Business Consultant Lukasz Sperka. Their creative energy is overwhelming to bring about the success of Entrepreneurial Talent in NWPA's Erie County. All of the workshop's 24 participants benefited by this 8 week experience."  - Paul Francis

LumiLabs Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

A recent Graduate of the first round of Gannon's Accelerator Program is taking flight. After finishing the ETI accelerator, LumiLabs was accepted into Pittsburgh's Thrill Mill Bootcamp. and featured in Make Magazine. You can read more about LumiLabs by visiting their website. If you haven't supported a crowdfunding campaign this is the perfect opportunity to do so. LumiLabs is founded by soon to be Husband and Wife team Chris Smolinski and Ariel Grace Armstrong. They are talented, and more importantly rooted in business ideals that seek to keep their production local. 

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InnovationErie Design Competition Accepting Submissions from April 1st through May 15

People are inventing the future every day. InnovationErie Design Competition is an opportunity to turn bright ideas and dreams into realities. The design competition seeks ideas that can be manufactured or created in the Erie region. Artists, inventors, and thinkers are invited to submit product design ideas for a chance to win cash and a variety of professional services. Individuals, teams, and small business may apply. For more details and to apply, visit InnovationErie's webpage

Our Universities are Key to Entrepreneurial Vitality!

The Educational Association of University Centers (EAUC), a UEDA partner organization, will hold its Washington Meeting March 22-24, 2015 at the Kellogg Conference Center of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. EAUC has put together an excellent speaker lineup for this event. The theme of this national meeting is The Federal Perspective on Higher Education Economic Development from the new Congress Through 2016. If you are interested in attending, please email Beth Zimmer:

Entrepreneur's Behind Summerhouse Cafe: Erie is Accessible for New Markets

Stephanie Potus-Eaker and Jack Eaker opened the Summerhouse Cafe in spite of the challenging post 9-11 economic landscape. They had recently re-located back to Erie after spending years working across the United States. Jack gave  insight into the entrepreneurial process, and stated that Erie was surprisingly open to new markets. In their case, their market was a new style of food service. 

Local reCAP Mason Jars Partners with Environment Erie

Locally owned Mason Jars Company, makers of reCAP, is partnering with Environment Erie to raise awareness of environmental responsibility, to promote sustainability, and to share creative and eco-friendly uses for Mason jars. In 2013, Mason Jars Company joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support non-profit organizations, like Environment Erie, focused on sustainability. 

Take Aways from February's Innovation Collaborative Open Meet up
Re-locating back to Erie from Washington D.C., Sean Fedorko is well versed in policy, especially as it relates to Telecommunications and Broadband infrastructure. Sean's talk ranged from how Broadband will provide a competitive advantage for Erie to the importance of this activity being supported by public/private partnerships. 

Upcoming Events

1. Entrepreneur Meetup 
Date: 3/24/2015 5:00-7:00pm
Hosted by: Gigliotti's Restaurant
Location: 1325 State Street Erie, PA 16501

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

2. Innovation Collaborative Open Meetup
Date: 3/27/2015 3:00-5:00
Location: Admiral Room, Blasco Library
Guest Speaker: Amy Bridger
Director, Research and Business Development Penn State Behrend
RSVP by emailing


3. eMarketing Learning Center's: "Google My Business" 
Date: 3/12/2015 9:00 - Noon
Location: EMLC Training Room
More information can be found here. 

4. Digital Salon Night: "Blogging Your Way to Fun & Freedom"
Date: March 26, 2015
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Radius Cowork, 1001 State Street, Suite 907, Erie, PA

Click here for more information. 

5. BlueTree Allied Angels 
Pitch Night

Date: March 18, 2015
Time: 4:30-7:30pm
For more information contact Beth Zimmer:

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