Gannon University Awarded Grant for New Integrated Business Transformation Program
Posted: July 10, 2014
Gannon University was the recipient of a Discovered in PA -
Developed in PA (D2PA) grant funded by the Department of Community
and Economic Development to implement the creation of the
Integrated Business Transformation (IBT) program.
The $520,878 grant funds the IBT program, which will
provide education and assistance to local technology-enabled
businesses and entrepreneurs to create, sustain and advance their
The collaboration between Gannon University's Dahlkemper School
of Business, the Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) and the Small
Business Development Center (SBDC) creates
synergy by utilizing each entity's unique strengths
to provide education, training, guidance, and early-stage
funding for Northwest Pennsylvania entrepreneurs.
Two key components of the IBT program are its Technology
Business Accelerator and Microloan Program. The Accelerator is an
eight-week course for current and prospective entrepreneurs to
validate their business idea or concept, as well as determine
their willingness to move forward with
their business' launch or acceleration. The
eight-week course will be offered four times over the 18-month
period of the grant.
The first course will begin September 10, 2014 and will be
facilitated by the Executive Director of ETI, Jeffrey
Parnell, with assistance from SBDC Director Maggie
Horne, SBDC staff consultants, academic faculty,
successful entrepreneur and business professionals.
"We are now accepting applications for our September/October
Accelerator, and are excited about the opportunity to provide
Northwest Pennsylvania entrepreneurs with a high-caliber program
that will stress test their ideas and validate their market
readiness," stated Parnell. More information is available here, or
by calling ETI at 814.459.6110.