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Innoblue Gears Up for the Year with Kickoff Event

When you walk into a frat house on a Saturday night, you expect a beer-covered floor and Solo cups strewn about. However, if you walked into the Beta Theta Pi house this past Saturday, the business casual atmosphere and food may have thrown you off.

At the innoblue.think Kickoff Event thirty or so members, prospective applicants, and community dignitaries were in attendance to learn about innoblue (formerly Project Blue Pill). Founded by Jon Tornetta and David Adewumi, it is an entrepreneurial think tank, where ideas are made and people work together to create them.

The presentation started with keynote speaker David Weekly, who was beamed in via video chat. Weekly runs Hacker Dojo, a Bay Area company with goals to those of innoblue: “Get smart people together and talk.” Weekly talked about how his own business went from an idea to “a physical community space for hackers and thinkers.” Weekly gave these parting words to the room: “Go build stuff throughout the world.”

Jon Tornetta, one of the group’s founding fathers, then took the floor to give the audience an overview of innoblue and its goals. Innoblue is broken into three distinct fields: think, create, and labs. Much of the focus was on a prospective lab in downtown State College, where they are hoping to provide a “state-of-the-art, 24/7, collaborative environment.”

At the end of the presentation members were given time to briefly discuss some innoblue projects in the works. Ramy Mansour, a Junior majoring in Information Science Technology, described a website developing called TRL (Tenant Review of Landlords). TRL aims to make the grueling State College apartment hunting process easier. Drew Mohoric, a junior majoring in Accounting, is developing Cubslist, a site that organizes the Penn State events calendar in a more comprehensive manner.

Among those in attendance was State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, who serves as an advisor to innoblue members. Goreham was enthusiastic about the mission, stating how great it is that a group like this can assist in town and gown relationships.

Tornetta was pleased with how everything turned out, stating that “[t]he event accomplished what we set out to do: introduce innoblue to the general community/Penn State and spur interest in entrepreneurship.”

If you’re interested in joining, applications will be available online Wednesday. Who knows: maybe the next Mark Zuckerberg will come out of innoblue!

About the Author

Abby Zwillinger

I’m a Junior majoring in Labor Studies and Employment Relations. I have lived on Long Island my entire life, and think NYC is the greatest place in the world. Life is too short, so if you want a cupcake, have a cupcake.


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