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The 18-credit Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) minor combines technology and business to create entrepreneurs and innovators. E-SHIP shows students of any major how to use their unique skills to become innovators in today's global business climate.

The E-SHIP minor was founded thanks to a grant from the GE Learning Excellence Fund and the Penn State Leonard Center. The minor is now partially funded through the Gaelen Endowment for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Leadership, the E. V. Bishoff Engineering Entrepreneur in Residence, the Keen Endowment for Engineering Entrepreneurship, and the Eberhardt Endowment for Entrepreneurship in Engineering.


Innovating the Developing World

Social entrepreneurship projects implemented in Africa

Mashavu and WishVast are two on-going humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship projects offered through EDGSN 452 Projects in Community Service Engineering. These two projects, led by Engineering Design Affiliate Faculty and Senior Research Associate Khanjan Mehta, involve students in hands-on engineering design and entrepreneurship activities in the classroom and are implemented in Africa during the summer.

E-SHIP student launches business in Silicon Valley

Alex Mann, a 2009 finance graduate and engineering entrepreneurship minor, can feel good in this economy knowing he has job security. That is because Mann, a budding entrepreneur, has successfully conceived his own business and secured funding for the venture—right out of college.

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Recent News

ClariPhy cofounder named Bishoff resident entrepreneur
October 2014

Paul Voois, cofounder and chief strategy officer of ClariPhy, will serve as the fall 2014 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence Oct. 21-24.

Interactive, Networking, Educational Events Planned for Global Entrepreneurship Week
November 2013

The College of Engineering is partnering with other academic colleges and local businesses to coordinate a variety of activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 18-22.

The week's events will kick off with the "All-Star Entrepreneurship Game Show" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 in 135 Reber. Robert Beaury, instructor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs, and Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and entrepreneurship coordinator in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will host the Jeopardy-style game show.

Students will have opportunities to network with local business owners at "Friends of Town and Gown...

Penn State team takes third place at idea to product global contest
Spring 2010

Buzby Networks, Penn State’s entry to the 2009 Idea to Product (I2P) Global Competition, took third place and a $2,500 prize in the contest’s Technology Entrepreneurship Society Global Championship round. The I2P Global Competition was held in October at the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

E-SHIP students continue collectable magnet business
Spring 2010

Greg Kester, Nichole Lopes, and Carlos De La Rosa needed to form a working company for their final project of an engineering entrepreneurship course. Although their first inclination was to use their engineering backgrounds to create something elaborate, simplicity won out in the end.

Workshops prepare attendees for "invention to venture"
Spring 2010

Invention to Venture (I2V), a one-day workshop on the basics of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship, was hosted by the Penn State Entrepreneurs Network and the College of Engineering at University Park on Oct. 24, 2009.

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