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Resource Guide for Startups
RESOURCE GUIDE PDF is a collection of all Penn State, Reading and Greater Berks County resources that can be accessed by startups for help. It includes descriptions, costs, hot-links to their web sites, and more.
IDEA TESTLAB – The first step to take your idea from concept to business is figuring out if you have identified a problem worth solving. This class will help you: get a better handle on the problem you are trying to solve for your customer; determine where your potential customers hang out; and identify the value of your product compared to what already exists on the market.
Participants will learn how to develop a business model, validate their business model through a scientific process, plus get feedback from faculty experts and experienced entrepreneurs.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CLINIC– general intellectual property counseling; perform patentability and trademark clearance searches; draft patent and trademark applications, and interact with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Intake Form
Dickinson Law’s, “Inside Entrepreneurship Law” Blog
INSIDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAW is a blog designed to aid entrepreneurs and their counsel by providing information on relevant topics. A majority of the blog posts were prepared by Dickinson Law students and have been posted with their permission.
JUMP START INCUBATOR was founded by the Berks County Community Foundation, with help from the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, Jumpstart provides a wide range of assistance for people starting new businesses.
Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
GREATER READING CHAMBER ALLIANCE is the largest business organization in the region and serves as a catalyst for economic growth. They offer support to both small and large businesses.
Penn State Libraries Business Research Services
PSU LIBRARIES Information on competition, consumer demographics, trends, attitudes and behavior data. Determine market size, demand and segments.
KUTZTOWN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER Offers existing businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs access to no cost, confidential consulting services and learning opportunities. Offices are in Kutztown, Reading, Harrisburg, Exton, Lancaster, and York.
Invent Penn State Resource Navigator
Invent Penn State Resource Navigatoris a searchable inventory of entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem resources around Invent Penn State’s 21 innovation hubs across Pennsylvania.