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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...

Farmers National Bank supports LaunchBox with $50,000 endowment

DuBOIS, Pa. – With the economic prosperity of the people in their communities a priority, the Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, Pennsylvania, has pledged $50,000 to create the Farmers National Bank Endowment in support of the North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois. This gift will activate a one-to-one match from Penn State, creating a $100,000 program endowment to support the NCPA LaunchBox. Launched in 2019, the North Central PA LaunchBox provides services such as assistance with business plan development, assistance with grant applications, educational seminars for entrepreneurs, workforce training and more. A downtown location contains offices for...

$50,000 BIG Idea Contest accepting applications for business ideas in PA Wilds

DuBOIS, Pa. — The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois, part of the Invent Penn State initiative, has once again joined with Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, and other economic development leaders to bring the BIG Idea Contest to the region. This year, partners are looking for tech innovators or small manufacturers located in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield and Jefferson counties in Pennsylvania who are developing or crafting a product, process or innovation related to the outdoors and recreation, forest products, manufacturing and technology. The winning contestant could take home $50,000 to use...

Endowment for North Central PA LaunchBox named in honor of Chancellor McBride

DuBOIS, Pa. — Celebrating the vision and leadership of former chancellor M. Scott McBride in his mission to bring the Invent Penn State initiative to Penn State DuBois, the M. Scott McBride Endowment in Support of the North Central PA LaunchBox has been established by the campus. Intended to support the LaunchBox in stimulating economic prosperity in the North Central PA region, this $80,000 endowment has been funded with $40,000 in contributions by Penn State DuBois, as well as colleagues and friends of McBride, and with $40,000 in matching funds provided by Penn State through the LaunchBox Matching Program. The LaunchBox Matching Program...