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The North Central PA LaunchBox welcomed guests for the official grand opening

DUBOIS, Pa., - The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois celebrated the official grand opening, almost three years after being established as a regional center for entrepreneurship and economic growth. “Given the significance of the LaunchBox mission, we chose to postpone the event until we could gather in person,” said Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo, Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Penn State DuBois. Today’s event was attended by elected officials, community leaders, economic partners, endowment supporters, and Penn State leadership, including Dr. Eric Barron, President of Penn State. Invent Penn State started with humble beginnings in 2015 by...

NCPA LaunchBox helps bring Beaver Commons to life at DuBois Area High School

DuBOIS, Pa. – A job recently completed by the North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois has helped to further the LaunchBox mission of community development and partnership.  A wall covering measuring 19 feet long and nearly 6 feet high was created on the new advanced vinyl printer in the on-campus Idea Lab, providing a focal point and displaying school spirit for the new Beaver Commons Area at DuBois Area High School. Featuring the DuBois Beaver’s logo, the sign spans an entire wall and reads, “Beaver Commons”, leaving no question as to where a visitor has found themselves....

March 17 LaunchBox event to provide overview of $50,000 BIG Idea Contest

DuBOIS, Pa. – The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois will host an informational event on this year’s BIG Idea Contest, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at the LaunchBox Event Center, 2 E. Long Ave. in DuBois. Everyone in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield and Jefferson counties is invited to attend the event to learn more about the BIG Idea Contest and how they can enter an idea for a business or product for the chance to win up to $50,000. The LaunchBox has once again joined with Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the PA Wilds...

Advanced 3-D scanning expands NCPA LaunchBox services for industry, startups

DuBOIS, Pa. – The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois continues to add tools to its state-of-the-art lineup of technology aimed at developing area business and industry. The latest piece of equipment available for use by industry partners and individuals, a turntable 3-D scanner, just arrived in the on-campus Idea Lab in February. “This machine scans parts that are sitting on a turntable, that can be manipulated so that the scanner can record all sides of a part, without the part being handled by an individual.  This takes human error out of the equation, making the scans more...