HU startups transform education, economy

By founding and partnering with innovative technology and education firms, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is transforming the educational landscape and growing the economy.

From a nonprofit that is committed to providing women with more opportunities in the STEM fields, to an educational group that seeks to enhance STEM education in middle schools and high schools, Harrisburg University is clearing a path for tomorrow’s STEM leaders who are poised to change the world.

The following are companies and organizations Harrisburg University has partnered with and co-founded to fulfill this mission.

The STEM-UP Network, a community of about 400 people (and growing) across the Mid-Atlantic Region, seeks to eliminate the researched factors that push women to leave STEM careers, factors that include, but are not limited to, uncivil work climate and lack of skills, resources, and networks needed for career advancement.

A social enterprise powered by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, the nonprofit provides women in STEM with real-world strategies, relationships, and a strong community that support their ability to flourish, prosper and advance both personally and in their careers. Learn more about the STEM-UP Network at the following Link.

LearnSTEMic is a teacher development company Harrisburg University partnered with to grow the pool of talented, bright students interested in attending STEM-focused schools like HU.

LearnSTEMic helps develop content, strategies, technology and measurement tools aimed at improving STEM teaching performance at the middle- and high-school levels, where many school districts across the U.S. are not adequately preparing students to succeed in science and technology courses beyond high school.

NuPaths, co-founded by Harrisburg University, is a tech-ed company that is developing education options (Pathways) for individuals to obtain entry-level IT jobs. Upon completion, NuPath students will possess marketable IT skills that will help them find good jobs and earn a livable wage.

NuPaths is an alternative for people who either cannot afford a 4-year degree or are not inclined to pursue one. It also provides the currently employed workforce with skills to make a career move into the fast-growing IT field. The duration of each program is 3-6 months with classroom and lab-based education, along with an internship and a capstone project to apply the skills learned for an IT job role. On completion of the program, students will earn educational credits from Harrisburg University that can be used for advanced education, multiple industries recognized certifications and a certificate of completion from HU/NuPaths. For more information about NuPaths follow this Link.

The mission of Allegro Learning Solutions is to re-energize existing educational materials and create new learning experiences that expand educational opportunities for an anytime, anywhere global audience.  Allegro connects the right content, in the right format, with the right audiences to expand global learning opportunities, develop in-demand skills, and strengthen the global talent pool. Allegro Learning Solutions partners with educational institutions, subject matter experts, and content providers to identify education and training content that prepares institutions, businesses, and individuals to advance in today’s digital world.  Along with our partners, our education, business, and training consulting expertise, a collaborative mindset and an outcomes-focused approach, Allegro enables organizations and individuals to optimize and expand education and training opportunities in a flexible and affordable way. For more information about Allegro Learning Solution, visit the following Link.

Thought, a startup company launched by HU Professor Andrew Hacker, fundamentally changes the way data is processed by embedding every piece of data with artificial intelligence. This means that otherwise ‘dumb data’ that needs an application to become useful, valuable and ‘smart’ and is able to act on its own – understanding where it came from, where it’s supposed to go, and what it has to do. This reduces the need for third-party applications, making data processing a lot cheaper and faster. The blockchain start-up company, backed by HU,  makes data intelligent so it can act on its own, negating the need for an outside application to process it and send it where needs to go. For more information about Thought, visit the following Link.

Mist IQ Technologies is the research and development and Intellectual Property group that supports Thought and has been part of Harrisburg University’s entrepreneur Accelerator since 2016.

MistIQ developed the initial Smart Data hybrid stack and is the driving force behind Thought’s innovative new Artifical Intelligence platform. For more information about Mist IQ Technologies, visit the following Link