Penn State York has received a $50,000 grant focused on entrepreneurship as part of a statewide grant program called Invent Penn State.
Half of the $50,000 will support students at the school’s Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies who are engaged in the business, planning and municipal aspects of designing Working Class, a downtown York makerspace in the Rudy Art Glass building.
The makerspace will give local artisans shop space, tools and equipment and function much like an incubator for artisans. The facility is expected to open to the public on a membership basis in 2017.
The other half of the grant will fund a business challenge event for student teams. The program could fund up to five student projects.
Invent Penn State grants of $50,000 each were handed out to five other Penn State campuses.
In 2015, Penn State awarded grants to entrepreneurship centers at six other schools, including the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown.
With the Happy Valley LaunchBox opened earlier this year in State College, Penn State now funds entrepreneur centers at 13 of its campuses.