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Got an Idea? Now What?

InnovationErie wants to help you answer that question! On November 12th a panel discussion of experienced, regional idea-to-business developers will be held at the Erie Art Museum. Panelists will present their experience in developing a new product or business concept. Audience members will learn how panelists approach such development, highlighting the skills, resources and partnering organizations that are available to help new innovators.

The event will be held on Friday, November 12, in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Erie Art Museum from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., guests can enjoy a cash bar and view the Made-In-Erie exhibit. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by networking at 6:15 p.m.

Panelists scheduled to participate include:

Misty O’Connor – educational technology innovator,
Point Click Learn
Charlie Rutkowski – Kanzius Radio Wave Cancer
machine developer
Andy Ernst – switchgrass fuel pellet developer for Ernst
Adam Calfee – MoreFrames animation services start-up
Raychel Adiutori – multi-media productions/advertising,
Linear LLC
Bill Catania – M Dot electronic coupon system creator
Chris Cuzzola – infection prevention systems, PSI

This event is sponsored in part by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, MacDonald Illig Attorneys, Edinboro University and the Erie Art Museum.

InnovationErie is a collaborative effort among professionals in the science, art, manufacturing, engineering and design (SAM & ED) industries. InnovationErie hosts an annual product design competition enabling participants to showcase their product ideas, with the possibility of taking them to the next level: the marketplace. The competition seeks ideas for product designs that can be manufactured in the Erie region. For more information, please visit