PennTAP News & Announcements
Happy New Year, from our team to yours!

PennTAP, through support from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF), was able to assist Jump with Jill with two PA Department of Environmental Protection SBAG applications. Implementing the recommended energy efficiency measures is projected to save Jump with Jill $846/yr for the lighting project, equivalent to reducing energy consumption by 7,996 kWh/yr, and $939.15/yr for the HVAC project, equivalent to reducing energy consumption by 6,916 kWh/yr and 88 MMBtu/yr. Read more.

We are seeking a technical advisor in Southeastern PA. The advisor will be responsible for relationship building with industry, project identification and implementation, reporting, student engagement and more. Learn more and apply.

The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $5,000 to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes. $390,000 in funding remains, and the funding is distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Contact us today to see if your project qualifies.

In partnership with the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Ben Franklin Technology Partners is looking for innovators with big ideas located in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, or Jefferson County, PA. This is the first of three annual BIG IDEA Contests as part of a three-year initiative funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and in partnership with PennTAP and Clarion University SBDC.

You could win up to $50,000! They're looking for entrepreneurs who are developing or crafting a product, process or innovation related to the maker economy, outdoors and recreation, forest products, manufacturing and technology. If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply before the deadline of Monday, April 18. Learn more and apply.

The Penn State College of Engineering was recognized with an Academic Ally award at Impact.Engineered, an annual conference sponsored by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers and Engineering for Change. This meeting celebrates the sustainable development ecosystem that convenes leading engineers, philanthropists, scholars and social entrepreneurs who are working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and improve the quality of life globally. Read more.
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Hosted by PennTAP
Date: February 24, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – Noon
Join us to learn more about our Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3) assessments where we pair energy conservation and waste reduction with continuous improvement. 

Jeff Kopenitz, Continuous Improvement Expert with the Innovative Manufacturers Center (IMC), will join us as we discuss the E3 process, continuous improvement, and company success stories as a result of participating in one of our E3 events. Learn more and register.
Hosted by the Technology Council of Central PA (TCCP)
Date: February 1, 2022
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

TCCP’s new Young Professionals in Tech Network will include a variety of opportunities for young tech professionals under the age of 40 to connect, collaborate and learn together. This initiative will serve as a forum where technologists facing some of the same opportunities and challenges can be a part of a community of their peers. 
The inaugural Young Professionals in Tech Network meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, from 4 – 5 pm and will be a free, virtual networking event. It will be hosted on Airmeet which is a virtual platform that lets attendees autonomously move from table to table and connect with others in the room via video conference. Learn more and register.
Hosted by the Penn State Materials Research Institute
Date: February 17, 2022
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am

The Materials Spotlight Series is designed to create connections and spark discussions between industry and Penn State faculty and students that lead to productive research collaborations. This forum will look at the short-, mid-, and long-term challenges for the connectivity industry, including maximizing use of the electromagnetic spectrum, increasing demands for speed and latency, data deluge, and getting value out of IoT. Learn more and register.
Hosted by Invent Penn State
Dates: April 28 & 29, 2022

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference is one of the largest tech startup conferences in the Mid-Atlantic – bringing in over 800 attendees including 70+ startup ventures and 40+ investment firms from across the country. The conference highlights innovations from high growth and emerging markets including IT, Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Healthcare, B2B and B2C among others. Register now to attend the conference. Entrepreneurs can also now apply to participate in Venture Connection, an opportunity for capital-seeking entrepreneurs to meet with potential investors.