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Our Mission

The O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship fosters the development of entrepreneurial programs and economic growth in both the Reading community and in higher education.

About O'Pake Institute

Through Reading CollegeTowne, Alvernia University’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship is a change agent for the economic and entrepreneurial outlook of Reading. The O’Pake Institute acts as a catalyst for organizational growth by mentoring businesses through a student-powered approach, and actively partnering with other economic development drivers.

The O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship celebrates the Catholic and Franciscan tradition that Alvernia values. As a Franciscan institution, the university’s mission compels Alvernians to be like St. Francis and serve as a source of transformation for students, the institution, and the community.

Our Mission

The O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship fosters the development of entrepreneurial programs and economic growth in both the Reading community and in higher education.