We are a catalyst for regional economic development and a driving force enhancing student experiential learning.

Alvernia University is developing a new, innovative model of higher education that mutually benefits students and businesses alike. The O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship is Alvernia’s transformational engine for changing the model and execution of higher education. O’Pake is contributing by creating public and private partnerships that develop a talent pipeline needed to aid business growth in the region.

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O'Pake Institute
About the O'Pake Institute
Read a brief history of the organization and get to know the team.
O'Pake Institute Patent
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O'Pake Bees Honey Label
Experiential Learning
O’Pake provides high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students at Alvernia University with the ability to work hands-on with entrepreneurs, small businesses, regional partners, and faculty in a truly unique manner.
Jonathan Scaccia PubTrawlr SPARK Business Incubator
SPARK Business Incubator
SPARK provides start-up companies with a supportive environment to learn, grow and thrive. Its goal is to mentor and advise incubator companies so that they can hit their critical milestone and take their businesses to the next level.
Triiilax Patent O'Pake Institute Technology Transfer Office
Technology Transfer Office
The O’Pake Institute’s technology transfer office (TTO) allows businesses in Berks County and beyond to save time and funds on intellectual property (IP) management.
O'Pake Institute National Science Foundation EPIIC Grant
Community Development
O'Pake fellows collegetowne reading
Economic Development
O'Pake Blog: Pottsville


"I have been fortunate enough to work with Alvernia University’s O’Pake Institute on multiple occasions. From the beginning, they have proven to be innovative, creative, professional, and effective. Throughout, they have provided me constant contact and offered me helpful suggestions." — Tanya Melendez, Community Leader