The Future of Innovation

The new Innovation Hub in downtown State College was a priority for University President Emeritus Eric J. Barron. With the support of the Board of Trustees, Penn State invested heavily to bring it to fruition.

Now that construction of the building is almost complete, our focus is to raise funds to support and sustain the programs made possible by the state-of-the-art facility – to provide expert staffing, space to brainstorm, prototyping and fabrication equipment, and everything needed to provide an ecosystem of innovation.

Your generous gifts enable the next generation of Penn State students, faculty, and community entrepreneurs and changemakers to rise.

Investing in Innovators

The slogan of Invent Penn State is “the ingenious power of partnership.” To harness the power of partnership and ingenuity in our community, we aim to collaborate with business leaders looking for brand visibility, and with alumni and philanthropists looking to pay forward the rewards of entrepreneurship for future generations.

Alumni, parents, and friends who are passionate about the success of new student entrepreneurship ventures can provide lasting support to sustain the many programs, tools, and resources which will help take a concept from ideation to market-ready product. We will offer prominent naming opportunities in the building to acknowledge donors for their generous support.

Innovative Legacy

The state-of-the-art Penn State Innovation Hub includes many opportunities to invest in our programs and students, while also creating a personal legacy with a named space. A naming gift to one of these premier spaces will support the corresponding program described below.


Maker Scholarship Program

Digital Makerspace

Digital Design Training Program

LaunchBox Collaboration Space

Mentor-In-Residence Program

Event Space

Making & Entrepreneurship Intern Program

A note of thanks...

Thank you to Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross for support of the following spaces and programs:

  • Entry Plaza & Garden – K-12 STEM Support program
  • Reception & Coworking – Artist-In-Residence Program
  • Green Roof & Gathering Space – Social Entrepreneurship Program

Connect with Penn State’s Director of Strategic Initiatives

The new Penn State Innovation Hub presents an excellent philanthropic opportunity for alumni and friends who share our institution’s belief in “the ingenious power of partnership.” For more information about these and other naming opportunities within the Penn State Innovation Hub and how you can make an impact, please contact:
Heather Winfield, Director of Strategic Initiatives


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