ED/TT  Invent Penn State


     Office Locations:

201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-4700



  • Seed



  • Education & Training
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Invent Penn State has backed nearly 50 emerging Penn State technologies and has provided startup funding to promising new ventures that were born out of the program. The Fund for Innovation jointly administers awards in partnership with commercialization grant programs in the academic colleges, including the Eberly College of Science Lab Bench to Commercialization Program, the College of Agricultural Sciences RAIN Grant Program, and the College of Engineering ENGINE Grant Program. The College of Health and Human Development, the College of Education, and the College of Information Science and Technology also have participated. Inventors from all colleges are welcome to participate, and their innovations may receive grants at various stages of commercialization. Along the way, the Invent Penn State team assists inventors in finding numerous resources, including accelerator programs like Happy Valley LaunchBox and the TechCelerator, Penn State Small Business Development Center resources, potential longer-term funding sources like Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and affordable operating space, like the incubator at Innovation Park.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Neil Sharkey Vice President for Research


    Portfolio companies include:


      Heliome Biotech

      Helios Biotechnology Pharmaceuticals

      Intravent Medical

      Persea Naturals


      Virolock Technologies


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