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[Photo Story] Check Out Penn State’s New Downtown Innovation Hub

Down at 123 S. Burrowes Street, you’ll find a new “home of innovation” in Happy Valley.

Penn State President Eric Barron led the charge in creating the university’s new Innovation Hub as the height of the Invent Penn State entrepreneurial program.

The newly opened center has spaces where students and community members alike can cultivate creation and innovation. The 85,000-square-foot Innovation Hub has six floors, each with different focuses to aid new entrepreneurs in the process of creating a product or service.

When you first enter you’ll find open collaboration and workspaces.

Left of the entrance, a small ramp leads down to an open Makerspace, an early product development and prototype workshop area with spaces built specifically for woodworking, welding, and more.

An open door at the back of the prototype space lets in air and plenty of light. Natural lighting is key to the new environmentally friendly building.

The third floor is home to Happy Valley LaunchBox, a collaboration space built with resources to aid entrepreneurs in the early stages of development with a goal to “de-risk and accelerate” ideas.

Of course, there are plenty of spaces to get some work done, too.

Finally, on the sixth floor, there is a designated space for Penn State student clubs and event spaces.

The top floor includes a great view of Old Main and campus, too.

If you’d like to learn more about the new addition to downtown State College, read more about the Innovation Hub here.

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About the Author

Teagan Staudenmeier

Teagan is a senior majoring in photojournalism and is one of Onward State's photographers. She is from Wilkes-Barre, PA, but is a Canadian at heart. On campus, she is involved in Photo Club and is an Aurora outdoor orientation leader. For more fun content, follow her on Twitter: @Teag_42.

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