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Lancaster Keystone Innovation Zone Small Business Opportunities

March 27, 2009

Keystone Innovation Zones (KIZs) are designated zones in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established in communities that host institutions of higher education – colleges, universities, and associate degree technical schools. These zones are designed to foster innovation and create entrepreneurial opportunities. They do this by gathering and aligning the combined resources of educational institutions, private businesses, business support organizations, commercial lending institutions, venture capital networks (including angel investors), and foundations.

Lancaster PA Keystone Innovation Zone

The Lancaster PA KIZ program is committed to streamlining business creation and expansion by making the process easier and more accessible for entrepreneurs. Your company may qualify to benefit from the services the Lancaster KIZ program and its partner organizations provide. Contact them to learn about the resources available to assist you and your business

The KIZ Provides:

access to funding sources,

technical assistance, and

training for start-up, emerging, and established innovative businesses at each stage of operations.

They can identify and facilitate access to state, regional, and local resources to support your business. 

The KIZ also fosters business linkages between the college/university community, entrepreneurs and early stage companies as well as innovative mature businesses.

The KIZ works hard to support the attraction entrepreneurs and innovative businesses and  into Lancaster.  They also help educate local community leaders and the general public about existing and potential innovation/entrepreneurial activity.

Qualifications to be a KIZ Company:

You must be in operation eight years or less

Your business must operating within state-approved Keystone Innovation Zone geography  (see map)

You must be within one of the three preferred industry sectors:

Life Sciences/Health Care

Information Technology/Communications

Advanced Manufacturing

For more information about what the Lancaster KIZ can do for your new business email them:

or call them at (717) 397-3531

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