Outreach Initiatives

Ignite Erie Programs for Entrepreneurs

The Ignite Erie Industry+University Collaborative offers many resources for entrepreneurs.


Ignite Erie Programs for Business and Industry

The Ignite Erie Industry+University Collaborative offers many resources for business and industry.


Ignite Erie Innovation Commons

Located in Burke Center at Penn State Behrend, Innovation Commons is open to entrepreneurs and innovators from throughout Erie County, including those at the student level, who are seeking a place to organize, collaborate, compose, and construct their ideas.

Ideation Lab

The ideation lab, in Burke 109, provides a place to:

Applying for Funding or Assistance through Ignite Erie

To submit an application for funding or assistance through one of our programs, complete the Ignite Erie Intake Form, and we will contact you promptly.


Ignite Erie Opportunities for Students

Students from all Erie County schools have the opportunity to put their hard-earned skills to work, gaining experience in their field and growing portfolios that will be attractive to future employers. Students can bolster their portfolios by participating in research projects or they can apply for funding for their own projects.


Ignite Erie Programs and Resources

The Ignite Erie Business Acceleration Collaborative offers a range of programs and resources to support entrepreneurial and business growth initiatives by undergraduate and graduate students, area business and industry, entrepreneurs, and volunteer experts interested in supporting start-up and business development efforts.

Slow Growth of Erie's Economy Not Cause for Alarm, Professor Says

The Erie region’s economy appears to have hit a plateau, said Ken Louie, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie and an associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business. Though six of the eight economic indicators he tracks with the Erie Leading Index showed growth in the second quarter of 2015, the index itself rose by just 0.05 percent.

September 27: 'Super Moon' Eclipse Viewing

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Every autumn, the full moon takes on an orange color due to its closeness to the horizon. But this year’s “Harvest Moon” will be even more special.

During the late evening hours on Sunday, Sept. 27, the moon will pass through the center of the Earth’s shadow, yielding a rare total lunar eclipse. This will be the last opportunity to see a total eclipse of a super moon until 2033.

July 29: ERIE Conference, 'Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation'

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How can entrepreneurship and innovation contribute to local economic growth and development? What priorities should the Erie region establish to create and sustain an innovation ecosystem?