Happy Valley's Home of Innovation

A six-story, state-of-the-art, multi-use home for innovation in downtown State College. Scheduled to open Oct. 2021 on Burrowes St.

Serving students, innovators, and community entrepreneurs this hub will be the cornerstone of the Penn State entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The new 85,000-square-foot building will support the relocation of Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank and add state-of-the-art entrepreneurial and innovation resources such as makerspaces, a virtual-reality/immersive technology laboratory, student club storage, a sixth-floor vista point/overlook event space, and collaboration areas designed to accelerate innovation, technology commercialization, and local startup companies through peer learning, knowledge sharing, and mentorship.

Welcome to the Penn State Innovation Hub

Take the first step in turning your idea into a reality. Enter the ground floor and immerse yourself in a community of changemakers.

Upon entry, the first floor will offer access to:

  • Co-working space featuring tables and modular seating areas
  • Makerspaces open to all University and community members
  • Future events hosted in this space that will be visible at the street level

Makerspace for Fabrication

The all-new Makerspace for Fabrication will provide students, faculty, and community entrepreneurs with access to cutting-edge machinery for prototyping in a wide range of materials that will assist startups in moving quickly through early product development, increasing their ability to rapidly design, prototype, and test potential solutions.

The Makerspace will offer:

  • A range of large-scale CNC equipment
  • Metal working and welding
  • Woodworking
  • Professional painting booth
  • Classes and training
  • Prototyping advice

Digital Makerspace for Rapid Prototyping and Electronics

The all-new Digital Makerspace for Rapid Prototyping and Electronics will provide students, faculty, and community entrepreneurs with access to the latest in rapid prototyping technology. The space will include an array of high-end 3D printing technologies, laser engravers, electronics prototyping, and more.

The Digital Makerspace will offer:

  • Computers with 3D modeling and CAD software
  • Various 3D printing technologies including metal sintering, stereolithography, and polyjet
  • Laser engraving, cutting
  • Small scale electronics prototyping
  • Classes and training
  • Prototyping advice

Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank

Happy Valley LaunchBox’s mission is to de-risk and accelerate early stage, scalable startups. They do this by providing no-cost services, support, and resources designed to help entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes and empower them to make more informed business decisions.

Happy Valley LaunchBox will offer:

  • Coworking & collaboration space
  • Business coaching & advice
  • Accelerator programs
  • Microgrants
  • Expert speaker series

Meeting & Event Space

The top level boasts a beautiful, airy meeting and event space that inspires collaboration and the exchange of ideas between innovators, makers, creators, and the community. Open to both the local and University community, this space has a 360-degree view of Happy Valley that will enhance any gathering.

This space will offer:

  • Modern presentation technology
  • 30-seat executive meeting room
  • 100-plus-seat conference and banquet space
  • Accommodation for a variety of events and event setups including receptions, educational sessions, meetings, etc.

Giving opportunities are available for donors who wish to contribute.

Keep Me Informed

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for updates on building progress, programming updates, and other Innovation Hub activities, please submit your name and email address.