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Alumni startup 'Parking Bee' works to make parking more affordable - While interning with Merrill Lynch two summers ago, Mike Black found his weekly commute into New York City was costing him $45 a day in parking fees alone. “That’s when it hit me,” said Black, who graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a degree in finance. “I would have happily paid $30 a day to rent my friend’s space.

Student looks to improve well-being with music - Alex Patin, a Penn State junior majoring in computer science, is tapping into neuroscience as CEO of Musical Minds, a company that’s working to recognize the unique emotional connections we each have to music in hopes of improving our state of being.

Startup 'DezComp' will connect design students with real-world projects - Shawn Thompson, a 2016 Penn State graduate, is founder of DezComp, a startup working to improve job prospects for university design students by connecting them to real-world projects. Thompson was awarded a grant through Lion LaunchPad, a business accelerator program at Penn State that supports student entrepreneurs.


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