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the beehive

 
 

WHAT WE DO

Since its inception in 2014, the Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network has worked to enhance 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 each location operates in its own specialized area of expertise.

Blasco 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 is able to 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.


WHO WE ARE

 
 
Blasco Library
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THE IDEA LAB
Promoting the exploration of ideas with
high-tech equipment, community experts
and hands-on, collaborative experiences

The Idea Lab is a hands-on creative space for you to rub elbows with new ideas, play with new technologies, and gain confidence in your creative problem solving skills. The Idea Lab is designed to spark your entrepreneurial spirit, then connect you with the resources you need for your next step.


 
Edinboro University

CENTER FOR BRANDING AND STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
Increasing brand awareness through creative
design and product promotion

Edinboro University’s Center for Branding and Strategic Communication works in collaboration with clients to align brand and marketing strategies. By using a mixture of graphic & interactive design and public relations, the center develops original and creative content that reflects the unique mission, values and goals of our constituents while strengthening brand recognition.

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Gannon University
 
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CENTER FOR BUSINESS INGENUITY
Advancing ideas with expert consulting
and high-quality resources


CBI encourages an unprecedented level of collaboration between business students and budding entrepreneurs, seasoned business faculty and consultants in a facility that looks and feels like a major corporate headquarters. This type of collaboration further enhances
the delivery of services to entrepreneurs
in the community.


 
Mercyhurst University

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE ANALYTICS
Commercializing original concepts through
intelligence services and solutions

The Ridge College brings together complementary academic disciplines that stress critical thinking, data analysis and collaborative decision-making. A Ridge College education helps make sense of the complex behaviors of people, organizations and governments through the application of principles, theories and technologies in innovative and exciting ways.

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Penn State Behrend

INNOVATION COMMONS
Bringing plans to life with experienced engineering and product design

Located on the first floor of Burke Center at Penn State Behrend, the Innovation Commons is open to all entrepreneurs and innovators throughout Erie County and the surrounding region, including those at the student level, who are seeking a place to organize, collaborate, compose, and construct their ideas.

 

OUR WORK

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Purpose: Therapeutic Subscription Box

Brand, Website, and Social Media Expansion
Center for Branding and Strategic Communication
Edinboro University

Overall, our experience with the Beehive at Edinboro has been extremely positive and beneficialfor our business and personal understanding of branding and marketing. They were able to implement our vision through new logo variations, business cards, brochures, and social media and website content. We highly recommend the Beehive at Edinboro for any business: they are fantastic.

— Ali Izzo and Holly Masters, Purpose Founders
 
 

 
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SARAH A. REED CHILDREN'S CENTER

Promotional Video and Brand Style Guide
Center for Branding and Strategic Communication
Edinboro University

2018 GOLD Niagara Award, PRSA

After discussing our challenges and current strategies, the team offered a number of recommendations. It was interesting to see the level of collaboration between the students and faculty members and individuals from different disciplines working together.
— Mary D. Barr, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Special Events Manager, and Executive Assistant to the CEO
 
 

 
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One Leg Up! Dog Toys

Logo, Branding and Packaging Design
Center for Branding and Strategic Communication
Edinboro University

The quality of the work has been as good or better than what we have paid for with a 3rd party in the past with more opportunity to collaborate. It’s accelerating our time to market, saving substantial start up costs and delivering a better product on the One Leg Up! project than we could do on our own.

—  Jonathan Mieghan, President, Lake Erie Rubber/One Leg Up!

BUZZ THE HIVE

Interested in our services? Please contact any of our centers directly.

 
 
 

Blasco Library
The Idea Lab
814-451-6939

160 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507

Jude Shingle
Emerging Technology Librarian
Idealab@eriecountypa.gov

Gannon University
Center for Business Ingenuity      
814.871.7232
900 State Street, Suite 100
Erie, PA 16501

Kristen Bires, Beehive Coordinator
(814) 871-7452
bires006@gannon.edu

Mercyhurst University
Business Intelligence Analytics
814.824.2000
501 E 38th Street
Erie, Pa 16546  

Edinboro University
Center for Branding and Strategic Communication
814.732.2166
 
Baron-Forness Library Room 232
219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444

Anthony Peyronel, Executive Director
apeyronel@edinboro.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.


Penn State Behrend
Innovation Commons
814.898.6971

108 Burke Center
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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