Innovation Commons

Innovation Commons

Wes Hall, Michael Paul, Josh Gloeckner pictured.

Innovation Commons

Wes Hall, Michael Paul, Josh Gloeckner pictured.

Image: Penn State Behrend

An open ideation and prototyping space staffed by skilled students guiding innovators and entrepreneurs through early development stages.

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

Working for You

  • 140+ projects for 85+ entrepreneurs, industry, and the community
  • 7 patent applications
  • 3 start-ups founded and 2 products on shelves
  • 320 students and 230 youth engaged

Product Development and Prototyping

Penn State engineering students will work directly with you, offering help with:

  • Early-stage product design
  • Computer-aided drafting
  • Electrical component design
  • No-cost 3D printing of prototypes
  • Laser cutting and engraving
  • 3D scanning
  • Product feasibility consultation
  • 3D printer technical support for schools

Ideation and Collaboration Space

  • Comfortable setting
  • Whiteboard space and writable tables
  • High-end computing with the help of Penn State students

Engage with the Innovation Beehive Network

Innovation Commons can connect you with the other Innovation Beehive sites throughout the region:

  • Blasco Library’s Idea Lab offers a makerspace with courses to explore your interests
  • Edinboro University for marketing and branding solutions
  • Gannon University for business planning assistance
  • Mercyhurst University for business intelligence studies
  • Quickstarter for expert crowdfunding campaign support

Have an idea? We want to help!

To access the Innovation Commons, contact us by email or by calling 814-898-6971. Provide information about your invention or business:

  • What is your idea?
  • How far along in development are you?
  • What do you think you need the most help with?
    • If you don't know what you need, then answering this question is where we will begin.

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