WHO WE ARE

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Erie County Public Library

THE IDEA LAB

EMPOWERS YOU TO ACTIVATE 
YOUR IDEAS BY PROVIDING ACCESS 
TO HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT,
COMMUNITY EXPERTS AND
COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCES

  • Classes to learn new equipment and technologies.
  • Open access to equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, audio recording and more.
  • Resources and classes for beginning entrepreneurs.
  • Dynamic information resources that develop tailored pathways to skill-building.
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

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
Mercyhurst University

INNOVATION ENTENTE LAB

PROVIDING CLIENT WITH 
HIGH CALIBER MARKET 
ANALYSIS AND COMPETITIVE 
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE 
STRATEGIES

  • Combines the University’s strong expertise in applied sciences with its rich tradition of liberal arts education to help promote community entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Identify key marketing strategies, potential funding pipelines, and the necessary strategic media options to help place entrepreneurs on the path to success.
  • 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

INNOVATION COMMONS

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

  • Help with product design
  • Rapid iterative prototyping
  • Engineering consultation
  • Low-risk experimentation

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.

Erie County Public Library

THE IDEA LAB

814.451.6939
East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507


Patrick Moran
Emerging Technology
Librarian

idealab@eriecountypa.gov

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.

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

814.824.2423
501 E 38th Street
Erie, PA 16546

Brian Fuller

Director of Operations
bfuller@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

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.