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Konak awarded entrepreneurship grant, seeking student participants

Dr. Abdullah Konak
Dr. Abdullah Konak
Dr. Abdullah Konak, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State Berks, has been awarded a grant by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance titled “A Virtual Incubator at Penn State Berks (VIB) to Foster Student Innovations.” He is currently seeking interested students to participate in the study.

This grant will support the development of a Virtual Incubator at Penn State Berks (VIB) to facilitate Entrepreneurship Student Teams (E-Teams) to get their information technology (IT) based ideas off the ground. The VIB is conceptualized as a virtual environment that provides E-Teams with high-end IT resources, which are difficult for students to acquire, as well as technical and business support through partnerships with academic and industry experts. The grant will also provide seed-funding to E-Teams for patent searches, marketing, and business plan research and development.

The specific objectives of the project are to encourage E-Teams to bring new IT innovations from the idea phase to prototype and eventually to market, to better engage entrepreneurship students in local business and community needs for economic development, and to create extra-curricular opportunities for collaborative-learning experiences in emerging IT fields.

NCIIA's mission is to support technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges to create experiential learning opportunities for students, and successful, socially beneficial businesses.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Konak at konak@psu.edu.