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Northwest Pennsylvania is not rusty.  We are bright. We are forward thinking collaborative.


"The Innovation Collaborative is a lynchpin organization for entrepreneurs in NW PA. No matter who it is or what their idea looks like, the IC is always making meaningful connections and introductions to help turn ideas into companies."
- Brian Slawin, Regional Director & Portfolio Manager at Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Having perseverance and grit, and not being afraid to fail is the cornerstone of American progress.

Discovering Opportunities.

Most recognize intuitively that, as a community, Erie needs to pursue new opportunities. 

A core principle of the Innovation Collaborative is that entrepreneurial thoughts and actions are vital to our region’s progress. 

The Ice House program teaches us how to think with an entrepreneurial mindset and was developed in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on entrepreneurship. 

An entrepreneurial mindset is a tool that empowers the lives of individuals of all ages, walks of life, and professions. It is a tool that teaches us that we are not casualties of our current circumstances. We are empowered to see challenges as opportunities and to understand that we, alone, are responsible for becoming valuable to the world around us.

Creating our collective entrepreneurial mindset is key to creating a vibrant culture in northwest PA. All of us here are responsible for seeing our region’s challenges as opportunities and figuring out how to become valuable.

~CALL 814.490.5295 or email to learn more and schedule training~
"... the independent voice of innovators, facilitating, measuring, and communicating progress for northwest PA's entrepreneurial ecosystem ..."
In this Newsletter:
  1. Our Annual Report
  2. January Entrepreneur Meetup
  3. Entrepreneur Roundtable Discussion
  4. Erie Collegiate Innovation Showcase
  5. Women Leaders Reception
  6. SBDC Training Schedule


Now that we're in a new year, let's look back and see the progress made in 2016. Here's our Annual Report.
January Meetup



Join us for our January Entrepreneur Meetup hosted by the Erie Movie House!

Kick off 2017 while hearing a pretty amazing entrepreneur share his "sordid" story! Craig J. Stadler... man of mystery and intrigue, co-owner of Erie Movie House and so much more!!

This awesome venue
will provide a great atmosphere for a truly unique presentation with networking in between gaming and competing with friends and colleagues.

When: January 17th, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where: Erie Movie House
 3424 W Lake Rd Erie, Pennsylvania

See you there! RSVP Here
Have you ever wanted to be your own boss?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become an entrepreneur?
Come learn from successful local entrepreneurs, ask them your questions, and listen to their stories.

Additional details & RSVP here.

January 31, 2017
Hirt Auditorium
Blasco Library
Erie, PA
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Open To Public

Erie Collegiate Innovation Showcase

When: April 6th  5:00pm-7:30pm

Where: 100 Erie Insurance Place, Erie, PA

Take advantage of this great opportunity to witness local talent!


This competition aims to raise awareness of the great talents within our regional academic programs, and to help generate more students’ interest in developing businesses or entrepreneurial endeavors beyond the confines of their college or university years. We will again be showcasing the best of the creative and innovative solutions, products, and services that are being invented by the region’s college students.

More info at
@StartupEriePA  |  814.490.5295

OPEN and FREE for the public to attend. 

Register at:

Student-developed, and completed or due for completion during the academic year 2016-2017. The project is not required to be part of assigned coursework.

Define or produce a solution that demonstrates innovation, originality, potential benefit and feasibility.

- Have at least one team member and one mentor available to attend the showcase April 6th, 2017.

- Be recommended as one of the two projects to represent their institution by Faculty and Administrators.

Erie Insurance Arena

2nd Annual

Celebrating Women Leaders Reception

January 27, 2017 – 5:30PM

Hosted by the Erie BayHawks and ATHENA PowerLink


In partnership between the BayHawks and ATHENA PowerLink and presented by Presque Isle Downs & Casino, The 2nd Annual Celebrating Women Leaders Reception will recognize women in business, professional women and women business leaders for their success and leadership in the community. Enjoy a pre-game reception in the BayHawks Courtside Club presented by ERIEBANK, a dinner buffet and silent auction before tip-off. Proceeds from the reception will go back to benefit ATHENA PowerLink.

A great opportunity for friends, families, and colleagues to support Erie business leaders!

Tickets to Reception Include:

  • Tickets to the BayHawks game vs. The Long Island Nets
  • Complimentary Cocktail Hour
  • Dinner Buffet
  • Silent Auction
  • Networking Opportunity with Erie Business Professionals
  • Proceeds benefitting Athena PowerLink

Helping businesses start, grow, and prosper.

Thinking of starting your own business? Attend a First Step seminar!

Find out when & where on our event calendar
To stay in the loop, check out our Events Calendar and find out details on future events for entrepreneurs.

Disclaimer - Innovation Collaborative supports initiatives for growth in northwest Pennsylvania's Entrepreneurial environment. We amplify messages about events and opportunities from our partners in an effort to increase awareness.

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