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Prospective entrepreneurs invited to apply for Brandywine Idea TestLab

Have a great idea for a business but aren’t sure how to get started? The Brandywine LaunchBox, powered by Penn State, is offering a program that will help answer your questions and develop your ideas. The Idea TestLab is a six-week business accelerator program for early-stage entrepreneurs who want to explore their scalable idea or address a customer problem for a potential business. The Idea TestLab is a "customer discovery" deep-dive designed to help you better understand the customer problem you are trying to solve and how to provide value in a differentiated way. The program will be held via Zoom on Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m., from Feb. 15 through March 29 (no session on March 8). A private funder is offering full scholarships for all selected participants. Aspiring entrepreneurs are required to attend all class sessions in order to participate in the final pitch session event. “We are excited to offer this valuable program to entrepreneurs in our region,” said Margaret Bacheler, senior director of statewide continuing education and workforce development for Penn State’s Commonwealth campuses. “The Idea TestLab program is designed to help teams evaluate the viability of their business ideas by coaching them through a proven method of customer discovery and problem analysis. The program will help participants learn how to test the assumptions behind their business ideas.”

Penn State Brandywine celebrates over 50 graduates at fall commencement ceremony

More than 50 graduates received their bachelor’s degrees at Penn State Brandywine’s fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 18 in the campus gymnasium. “Commencement is one of the greatest days in the life of a university. Commencement is also a memorable day in the lives of all our graduates,” Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells told the newly minted Penn State graduates and their guests. “Each generation has its defining moments, and for you, completing your world-class education, undergraduate research, community service, sustainability projects and internships at leading corporations through the pandemic is your defining moment.”

Libraries announces 'Through the Woods' Short Stories fall contest winners

The winning selections from Penn State University Libraries Short Stories’ “Through the Woods” fall 2021 contest have been announced, representing five Penn State campuses. Each of the four Editorial Board winners and the People’s Choice winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. All winning entries, including nine honorable mentions, will be added to the Libraries’ Short Edition short-story dispensers