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Students and alumni create sleeping platforms for car camping
Penn State Berks student Nathan Bonslaver and two of his friends co-founded CarToCamp, a startup that creates lightweight, universal SUV sleeping platforms that ship to customers’ doors and can be assembled without tools. Bonslaver, a mechanical engineering major with a small business that will graduate in 2022, and two other Penn State alumni who attended the Berks campus – Robert Miller, 2019 and Kevin Gulick, 2020 – started the business in September 2020 on the basis of their mutual interest. outdoors and “car camping”.

Bonslaver explains that he first contacted Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Thun Library, Penn State Berks. Hartman-Caverly connected Bonslaver to the Berks LaunchBox, which provided patent resources and connections to mentors who advised him on pricing and helped him prepare pitch decks.

“It has been a great experience working with the Berks LaunchBox and the networking events are very helpful,” he says. Bonslaver and his co-founders set up their business in Reading and they bought all the equipment to make the sleeping platforms, including the 3D printers and resin. For more information, visit www.cartocamp.com.

Entrepreneur creates app to help students choose college
Kevin Clark is a Reading-based entrepreneur who strives to help students make the best decisions for their future. His company, Take Charge, Find Your Path, is developing software that allows students to define what they’re looking for in college and career, and then find their place in higher education or within an organization.

“When a student’s path changes quickly, it can become difficult for them to find the right fit at college. Take Charge, Find Your Way helps students navigate the path to future success. The app aligns the digital ecosystem with the goals of students and the needs of universities and employers, ”explained Clark.

Originally, Clark worked with a student from Penn State Berks on startup, and this student connected him with the Berks LaunchBox. He credits the LaunchBox with helping him create a pitch deck and file a patent. He also enjoys networking events. Clark is the CEO and co-founder with David Moss, COO, and Carmen Malangone, CTO. They have seven core employees and five tech entrepreneurs. For more information, visit takecharge.ai.

“This story is informative in nature and should not be taken as an endorsement of any product or application.”


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