Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN)

Are you an entrepreneur in search of a vibrant support ecosystem? Look no further! CREN is the group for you.

At Centre Region Entrepreneurial Network (CREN), we bring together local entrepreneurs, those interested in entrepreneurship, and the entrepreneurial support system to foster meaningful connections, ignite inspiring discussions, and create a social environment that prioritizes support. CREN works because it is a group of people that come more interested in learning about one another.

It’s a place where entrepreneurs support and uplift one another, recognizing the power of a strong business community to fuel individual success. Our events unite a diverse group of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts, spanning industries from technology to food and beverage, from candle making to strategic marketing, from manufacturing to R&D, from high growth to nascent ideas, and from for-profit to not-for-profit. In other words, CREN is inclusive of every entrepreneur as together, we can learn from one another, improve ourselves and our companies, and make a difference in our community.

When you join CREN, be prepared to embark on an incredible journey of “random collisions of goodness.” You’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs who have faced the same challenges, encountered similar roadblocks, and discovered innovative solutions. Trust us, the realization that you’re not alone in your struggles and anxiety will be both empowering and transformative.

Embrace the spirit of CREN by following our guiding principles:

  1. Arrive with a genuine interest in learning from other entrepreneurs— their challenges, innovative solutions, and unique journeys. Be ready to engage in insightful discussions that expand your horizons and inspire new ideas.
  2. Recognize that CREN is not a sales networking event. Leave your sales pitch at the door and instead focus on building meaningful connections, fostering collaboration, and supporting fellow entrepreneurs on their paths to success.
  3. Expect to encounter a diverse mix of entrepreneurs from various industries, as well as enthusiastic supporters of entrepreneurship and individuals exploring the possibility of becoming entrepreneurs themselves. CREN gatherings are a melting pot of talent, creativity, and ambition, where you can tap into a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

By adhering to these principles, you’ll contribute to a vibrant and nurturing environment that fosters genuine connections and collaboration that propels the entrepreneurial community forward. Together, we can create a powerful network of like-minded individuals dedicated to mutual growth and success.

Upcoming CREN Events

Big Check Networking Event

Date: Wednesday, May 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: Shy Bear Brewery


Big Check Event - Shy Bear

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Conference on Intrapreneurial Leadership: Networking with CREN

Date: Wednesday, May 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub Lobby, 123 S. Burrowes St., State College, Pennsylvania

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So what can you expect at a CREN event?

Brace yourself for unexpected encounters with like-minded individuals who understand your trials and tribulations because they’ve experienced them firsthand. It doesn’t matter whether you’re leading a massive, fully funded, high-growth enterprise, or you’re just starting out with uncertain prospects. We welcome entrepreneurs from all walks of life, including those who are passionately driving non-profit initiatives and those who have put everything on the line, pouring their own money into their ventures. Our community encompasses the entire spectrum of entrepreneurship.

But it doesn’t end there. CREN also attracts a dedicated group of supporters who genuinely care about entrepreneurship. They are eager to share their knowledge, provide invaluable networking opportunities, and, in some cases, even offer financial assistance. Together, we create an environment where entrepreneurship thrives, and success becomes a shared goal.

Who typically attends?

Get ready for a dynamic mix of entrepreneurs at our events. You’ll meet a diverse range of individuals, from large-scale, fully funded, high-growth entrepreneurs to those just starting out, unsure of their path but driven by a desire to make a difference. We also welcome non-profit entrepreneurs who are passionate about their cause and entrepreneurs who have taken on substantial loans and personal financial commitments, determined to forge ahead against all odds. At CREN, the entire spectrum of entrepreneurship converges.

Our events also attract a dedicated group of individuals who share a common goal: supporting entrepreneurship and helping entrepreneurs thrive. They bring their valuable knowledge, expertise, and extensive networks to the table. Some are even willing to provide financial assistance, recognizing the immense potential in fostering a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Each one of them embodies the true spirit of caring about entrepreneurship and its transformative power.

How often do CREN events take place?

We schedule exciting gatherings several times throughout the year, each one brimming with energy, insights, and the potential for life-changing connections. Don’t miss out on the next event—sign up for our emails and stay in the loop!

Is there a membership fee?

Here’s the best part: CREN events are completely FREE to attend. We believe that access to a supportive community should never be hindered by financial barriers. So come, join us, and witness the transformative power of connections and collaboration.

Since 2009, CREN has been championed by Todd Erdley, the visionary founder of Videon and current Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s Portfolio Manager for Centre County. His passion and dedication to fostering entrepreneurial growth have paved the way for this informal group, becoming a beacon of inspiration for countless entrepreneurs.