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M&T Bank has committed to strengthening its partnership with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. By investing $250,000 into the programs that foster entrepreneurship across Central Pennsylvania, the five-year commitment will assist the CIE in empowering innovators to build successful ventures through training that is designed to provide infrastructure and access to resources for startups with a focus on minority- and women-owned businesses. 

Along with the CIE, the team at M&T will work closely with business owners to help with financial education, mentoring and coaching, which aims for the resulting creation of new companies and jobs throughout the Central PA area and beyond.

M&T and the CIE are no strangers to their partnership. In April 2022, the organizations introduced the first Capital Region Multicultural Small Business Lab for racially and ethnically diverse entrepreneurs in Central PA. Nearly 80 entrepreneurs have finished the cohort program to date.

“We are immensely grateful to M&T Bank for their generous investment in Harrisburg University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Eric Darr, President of Harrisburg University. “This partnership reaffirms our commitment to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development in the heart of Harrisburg. With M&T Bank’s support, we will further empower our community of entrepreneurs to drive forward groundbreaking ideas and fuel the growth of innovative businesses in our region.”

Much of this collaboration will take place at the CIE’s Strawberry Square location, which was completed earlier this year. The facility meets the increased demand for services to educate entrepreneurs, develop their businesses and create an environment that fosters creativity and productivity.

To learn more about the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and to reach out to participate, visit their website:



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