Penn State University’s President Eric Barron sat down with Education Dive to give them a peek inside his role as the 18th president of the institution. Providing candor on topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and the student experience at Penn State; President Barron highlighted what makes Penn State stand out from other universities when it comes to startup opportunities for students.
“A general view, in my opinion, is that many universities are focused on this topic as a source of revenue, but not as educational experiences for students and opportunities for them to do startups. We have a lot of effort on the student side,” said President Barron.
The Invent Penn State initiative was launched by President Barron in 2015 and the Penn State EdTech Network is a vertical of the initiative working to further its mission within the educational technology sector. Invent Penn State is focused on building a Penn State entrepreneurial ecosystem that promotes startups in partnership with the community. The Penn State EdTech Network is focused on leveraging Penn State’s leadership in online education to help further Invent Penn State’s mission.
“The Penn State EdTech Network works in tandem with Invent Penn State to stimulate the Pennsylvania economy,” said Craig Weidemann, Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education at Penn State. “The educational technology sector is surging right now and the Penn State EdTech Network facilitates the creation of innovation locally and nationally, while supporting continued growth for the university and partnership with the State College community for years to come.”