Catamaran was started in 2017 when the folks at Andculture recognized that Central Pennsylvania is filled with innovative opportunities.
Since its inception, Andculture has believed that the marriage of designers, engineers and strategists alongside entrepreneurs is crucial to rapidly accelerate a novel idea. We’ve tested this concept countless times working with start- ups on the West Coast. We’ve brought this practice into our own backyard with the launch of Catamaran, a Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation formed in 2017.
Catamarans are multi-hulled vessels that outperform their monohull counterparts because of their smaller hydrodynamic resistance. We believe that by joining together founders and expert practitioners, the resulting twin-hulled startup can be agile as it heads out into open waters for the first time. Central Pennsylvania is ripe with innovative opportunities that could benefit from a helpful nudge as they move from idea to startup company. Which is why Andculture has made an investment in building upon the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem that is alive and well in the region.
Catamaran specializes in taking emerging ideas and turning them into digital realities. We reinvent and improve business models alongside our clients and partners. Through joining together founders and expert practitioners, we believe startups have an even greater chance of success with the mentorship, network connections and access to pilot programs Catamaran can offer local entrepreneurs.
If you would like to learn more about Catamaran or want to get involved we'd love to chat with you. Connect with us at [email protected]
Communications & Events Manager
Heather brings an extensive background of communications and program management experience to the Catamaran team, having led the execution of complex conferences and corporate events for over 20 years in the non-profit association sector. In addition to event and program management, her experience extends to sponsorship sales and relationship management, event marketing, continuing education compliance and oversight, and professional speaker acquisition and collaboration. Prior to joining the Catamaran team, Heather was Education Program Manager with The Hospital + Healthsystem Association for 11 years. While at Catamaran, Heather has been able to witness the unique challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurs when starting new businesses, and has been privileged to support them through leading and implementing community events that shed light on their efforts, and developing valuable and impactful business partnerships and sponsorships to support them before, during, and after their time in the accelerator. She also leads the day-to-day management of Catamaran’s digital marketing presence through regular web site and social media updates. She is magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College. Connect with Heather at [email protected]
Sara’s background spans academic, entrepreneurial settings managing strategic programs, projects and partnerships aimed at the commercialization and dissemination of early-stage ideas and research. At Catamaran, Sara oversees the program administration, internal operations, client services, business development and program evaluation for entrepreneurial initiatives. Catamaran serves early stage startups before a capital raise or go-to-market strategy has been decided. Sara works alongside these companies, providing expert guidance and resources to navigate these critical steps. In addition, Sara manages the program design, development, and implementation of pre-acceleration work for higher education clients. Community is critical for Catamaran and Sara works to cultivate relationships and collaborate with entrepreneurs, investors, industry, economic development organizations, and educational institutions to advance Central Pennsylvania as a place for innovation. Prior to joining Catamaran, Sara served as the Marketing and Communications Manager for Penn State’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), one of 60 NCATS funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards nationwide. Sara also served as the project manager for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) [email protected] program at Penn State. [email protected] is aimed at helping researchers and their teams understand and communicate the value of their early-stage research before spending significant resources on the development. Prior to joining the CTSI, Sara worked in Penn State College of Medicine’s Technology Transfer Office developing and implementing initiatives fostering entrepreneurial activity among faculty and partnerships with regional stakeholders. Sara received a B.S. in Marketing from Susquehanna University and M.B.A. from Lebanon Valley College. Connect with Sara at [email protected]