Companies working on a physical product are often underestimated by investors. This event at AlphaLab Gear (April 19-20) looks to change that by highlighting up to a dozen startups from across the globe, and introducing them to Steel City in the process.
At these Pennsylvania institutions, students go to college not to drink beer, but to learn how to make it. They're positioning themselves for jobs in a booming craft brewing industry that contributed $4.5 billion to the state's economy in 2014.
Sick of vanilla? Bored by chocolate? This growing Harrisburg company is serving up unique flavors -- think Bourbon Bacon and Lavender Lime -- crafted using traditional methods. They recently moved into a larger facility and continue to expand distribution across the region.
This scenic region has a wealth of amazing artisan producers including sculptors, potters, brewers, vintners and craftspeople. An April 1 event will connect these creative entrepreneurs with wholesale retail opportunities. Fortunately, the general public is also welcome to shop till they drop.
Looking for home automation without the need for complex smartphone or wi-fi solutions? Mike Neilson's product allows users to easily change which outlets are controlled by existing wall switches, or to control a group of outlets with a single switch. A Kickstarter campaign is currently underway to bring Switcheroo to market.
An old Bethlehem Steel facility has been transformed into an homage and examination of the country's -- and the Lehigh Valley's -- industrial legacy. Open since August, the museum provides a chance to get up close and personal with major machinery.
Looking to get hands on? These community-centric spaces are giving Pennsylvanians young and old the opportunity to build, create, craft, manufacture and design. Whether you're in Altoona, Philadelphia or State College, there's probably a makerspace near you.