Who We Are

Who We Are

We deliver hands-on expertise on how to build and test digital technology solutions and turn them into scalable businesses.

Our Story

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.


WHY CATAMARAN?

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] 

Our Team

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Heather Barnhart

Operations and Events Coordinator

Heather brings an extensive background of logistics and event management experience to the Catamaran team, having managed and led all aspects of adult education and corporate events from concept to execution for over 20 years. Her event planning experience extends to social event design and planning, where she has assisted clients in styling every detail to reflect their unique personality. In 2011, she earned the prestigious Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential, which served to further enhance her knowledge and performance as an event planner and project manager. In addition to over 20 years of event and conference 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 an Education Program Manager with The Hospital + Healthsystem Association for 11 years. She is magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College. Connect with Heather at [email protected]

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Lauren McAteer

Innovation Transfer Acceleration Program Director

Holding a Master’s in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University Belfast and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and History from the University of Pittsburgh, Lauren has a diverse background in international change management. Prior to coming to Andculture, she was a research analyst for the internal innovation company at Lancaster General Health. Lauren bridges the gap between business objectives and consumer needs to support entrepreneurs and start-ups in the creation of implementation roadmaps that lead to commercial opportunities and drive user adoption. Connect with Lauren at [email protected]

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Sara Love

Innovation Portfolio Manager

Sara's background spans academic and entrepreneurial settings managing strategic communications, programs and partnerships aimed at technology commercialization. Prior to joining Andculture, she worked for Penn State College of Medicine as a marketing manager for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded translational research center. Sara began her career at Penn State in technology commercialization developing and implementing initiatives fostering entrepreneurial activity among faculty and collaboration with regional stakeholders. Aimed at helping biomedical start-up companies quickly and efficiently test their business hypothesis, Sara managed the NIH [email protected] program for Penn State. She received a B.A. in Marketing from Susquehanna University and an MBA from Lebanon Valley College. Connect with Sara at [email protected]