In classic entrepreneurial fashion, Global Entrepreneurship Week started with a big idea. In 2007, that idea –  inspiring people to unleash their ideas and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey –  became an event in 18 countries. By the next year, host organizations in 77 countries came on board, participating in 25,022 events that celebrated innovators who dream big. Today, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) sees 35,000 events happening at the same time in 125 different countries, collectively reaching millions of people of all ages and backgrounds through local, national and global events and activities.

When doctoral candidate Eric Kennehan had to spend three weeks in the lab making spectroscopic measurements around the clock, “grumpy and sleep deprived,” he had no idea that he was on the verge of creating something groundbreaking. 

For four generations, the Morris family has been part of the energy solution, helping to do more than just heat homes and power vehicles. But even with their long-standing pedigree of responsible drilling, involvement in the community and honest hard work, Paul gets it if you don’t like what he does. He’s met me on a Sunday morning in his office at the Incubator in the 200 Building of Innovation Park for our interview to have an open conversation about a controversial topic: fracking.

Picture it: a spaceship lands on Earth, opens, and an alien steps out. The alien has a mission – to assimilate and fit in anywhere he goes (US, Russia, China), immediately. Eat what we eat, speak our language, become part of a human family, instantly. No learning curve, no practicing, no time to acclimate to his surroundings. Become human or die. His surviving chances are slim to none. While this story is science fiction, it’s how Gong Chen, founder of NeuExcell, explains a very real process by which some researchers are attempting to use external stem cell injections to repair brain damage, and why he believes it’s the wrong approach.

Innovation Park is excited to welcome new tenant BASF to building 328. While the company is new to the park, it already has deep roots here at Penn State. In 2017, BASF acquired ZedX, a leading digital ag intelligence company born from Penn State research and officially founded in 1987.