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WHO WE ARE

Erie County Public Library

THE IDEA LAB

BUILD CREATIVE SKILLS,
ATTEND FREE CLASSES,
AND MAKE COOL STUFF

  • Classes to learn new equipment and technologies.
  • Free access to equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, audio recording and more.
  • Resources and classes for beginning entrepreneurs.
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Gannon University

CENTER FOR BUSINESS 
INGENUITY

ADVANCING IDEAS WITH 
EXPERT CONSULTING
AND HIGH QUALITY RESOURCES

  • Collaborative experience that enhances the delivery of services to entrepreneurs in the community
  • Services include: crowd-funding analysis, pitch decks, start-up capital analysis, & additional start up resources
Mercyhurst University

INNOVATION ENTENTE LAB

PROVIDING CLIENTS WITH
MARKET ANALYSIS AND
COMPETITIVE BUSINESS
INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES

  • Services include: market analysis data, competitive business intelligence, funding opportunities research, social media market analysis, industry best practices, data collection & manipulation
  • Mercyhurst University’s Beehive IEL team is located in a state-of-the-art innovation and production Lab on the University’s main campus.
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Penn State Behrend

MEEHL INNOVATION COMMONS

BRINGING PLANS TO LIFE 
THROUGH EXPERIENCED 
ENGINEERING, PRODUCT DESIGN,
AND RAPID PROTOTYPING

  • Product design and rapid prototyping
  • App design with user experience research
  • Engineering consultation
  • Industry 4.0 technology implementation
PennWest Edinboro

CENTER FOR BRANDING AND 
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

INCREASING BRAND 
AWARENESS THROUGH
CREATIVE DESIGN 
AND PRODUCT PROMOTION

  • Works in collaboration with clients to enhance brand and marketing strategies
  • Design services: logo development, branding materials, web design, packaging design & more.
  • PR/Marketing services: social media, digital marketing, media relations, podcasting, SEO & more.
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WHAT WE DO

Since its inception in 2014, the Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network has worked to enhance the business expansion and development in the Erie Area. The Beehive is made up of five grant-funded centers that collaborate to encourage business growth. The centers work together to form the hive network, while location operates in its own specialized area of expertise.

Erie County Public Library, Penn State Behrend, Edinboro University, Gannon University, and Mercyhurst University are each responsible for a specific service. By exercising the individual talents of five local institutions, the Innovation Beehive can offer assistance in all areas of business development. Originally launched by the Ignite Erie Grant at Penn State Behrend, the NWPA Innovation Beehive has expanded to other regional universities. Each center now includes a fully operational location and employs a mix of students, faculty and staff. Over the last ten months, the network has acquired more than three million dollars in funding and matched commitment to support the Beehive’s continued development in the pursuit of enhancing small business growth—an essential component to both increased employment opportunities and economic progress throughout Northwest Pennsylvania.

Interested in our services?

Please Contact any of our centers directly.

Allegheny
College

ALLEGHENY CENTER FOR
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

814.332.3381
Meadville, PA 16335


Bryon Rich
Allegheny Director of Academic
Innovation Partnerships

brich@allegheny.edu

Erie County

Public Library

THE IDEA LAB

814.451.6939
East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507


Patrick Moran
Emerging Technology
Librarian

idealab@eriecountypa.gov

Gannon University

CENTER FOR BUSINESS 
INGENUITY

East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507


Brad Gleason
Director of Entrepreneurial
Operations

814.871.7452
gleason006@gannon.edu

Mercyhurst
University

INNOVATION ENTENTE LAB

814.824.2016
501 E 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546

Abbey Lesniewski

Director
alesniewski@mercyhurst.edu

Penn State Behrend

INNOVATION COMMONS

814.898.6971
108 Burke Center
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563


Jacob Marsh
Industry Relations Coordinator
jam522@psu.edu

PennWest Edinboro

CENTER FOR BRANDING AND
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

814.732.1275
Crawford Center Room 210
200 Glasgow Road
Edinboro, PA 16412


Christopher Lantinen
Director
clantinen@pennwest.edu

We welcome all questions, project proposals, and partnership inquiries via phone or email, or fill out a simple FORM to tell us more about your needs.