Have a business idea? See the Student Start-Up Hub

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Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 11:50 AM
Have a business idea? See the Student Start-Up Hub by Shayma Musa
Tyler Waltenbaugh and Hunter Klobucar are the hub's first occupants.

Edinboro University unveiled its Student Start-Up Hub on Tuesday, an entrepreneurial resource set to be connected to the campus’ Center for Branding and Strategic Communication and the NWPA Innovation Beehive Network.

It will be located on the second floor of the Baron-Forness Library, to the right after exiting the elevators (look for the green-painted wall). It offers office space for Edinboro students looking to start their own businesses, along with computers, phone access, a printer and more.

“Being a college student is hard. Starting a business is hard. Being a college student who is trying to start a business is really hard,” said Edinboro’s Executive Director for Entrepreneurial Development Tony Peyronel.

Peyronel referenced the Hub as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Michael Hannan’s vision. The latter was previously the founding dean of the business school, as well. According to Peyronel, Hannan was instrumental in securing funding and setting plans in motion for the Hub’s implementation.

“We are providing these students with not only the office space and the resources at the Beehive,” said Peyronel, “but also resources at our partner institutions at Mercyhurst, Gannon, Penn State Behrend and the Blasco Library," Peyronel said.  

EU President Dr. Guiyou Huang was also in attendance at the opening, saying, “Edinboro University has a strong commitment to supporting our students, while simultaneously playing a role in regional economic development.”

The Hub’s first occupants are Tyler Waltenbaugh and Hunter Klobucar, two Edinboro students who are in the process of launching a business called Fish Gods.

The idea to start the business was accompanied by the creation of a collapsible bag, which serves as a tool for lovers of the outdoors to pick up, contain and recycle trash. The overall goal of Fish Gods is to push environmentally friendly practices through fishing enthusiasts. This will include product, such as the bag, and more in the future. 

The pair were present at the opening, first talking about how they previously worked out of a third bedroom in their shared apartment. They’re happy to move operations.

“To have a space like this, and to have it done so quickly ... has been fantastic. We thank everyone that has made it possible to have us be the first tenants of the Start-Up Hub,” said Waltenbaugh.

Students interested in using the space may contact Peyronel at apeyronel@edinboro.edu.

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Tyler Waltenbaugh and Hunter Klobucar are the hub's first occupants.On Tuesday, Edinboro unveiled the new Student Start-Up Hub.Edinboro President Dr. Guiyou Huang speaks on behalf of the Student Start-Up Hub, connected to the Center for Branding and Strategic Communications.
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