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head-side-view-black-silhouette-of-male-bald-shape (1) Have an idea?

Figure out if you can turn it into a viable business.

Our 4-week Idea TestLab helps you better define the problem you’re trying to solve, who has it, and what value you can provide to them.

  • 4 weekly 2-hour sessions
  • access to 1-on-1 mentoring
  • 24×7 access to LaunchBox for duration of program

Next Idea TestLab, Fall 2018.

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Ready to build?

Figure out what your customer really wants.

If you’ve identified people (other than friends), who want what you’re offering, it’s time to build a solution they can’t resist.

  • 15 weekly 2-hr sessions
  • weekly 1-on-1 mentoring
  • 24×7 access to LaunchBox for 1 year
  • up to $3000 in funding

Accelerator starts Fall 2018.

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Spend your summer working on your startup.

The 2018 Summer Founders program, in partnership with Happy Valley LaunchBox, gives Penn State teams $10,000 each to work on their startup, social good, or non-profit idea for the summer.  Program includes the mentorship and resources you’ll need to scale your new venture.

Applications close Feb 22nd.

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No-cost services available to all.

Our services are available at no cost to everyone. Local community, Penn state students, faculty, and staff.

  • Co-working space
  • Legal Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Clinic
  • Business Advice
  • Special events

Startup Programs

Idea TestLab is ideal for individuals or teams who have an idea, but aren’t sure exactly where to start.

FastTrack Accelerator helps teams who have identified a scalable idea build a solution and test the market.

Summer Founders Program provides $10K in funding for teams who can dedicate the summer to working full-time on their venture.

We take no equity and charge no rent.


Expert Network

Our extensive network of advisors provides guidance on strategy and next steps.

We have on-site no-cost legal, intellectual property, and business advice. From customer discovery, to rapid prototyping, to usability and user experience, our goal is to help startups to more quickly overcome the challenges that they face.

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Coworking Space

Our no-cost, flexible coworking space is open to the public Mon – Fri from 8:30 – 4:30.

Find a quiet place to work, network with others, or schedule a conference room for a private meeting.

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Special Events

We host events and speakers to help entrepreneurs in Happy Valley learn quickly from those who’ve been there before.

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Summer Speaker Series: Making it real

June 5, 2018

Get actionable advice from experts (and get lunch). Our Summer Speaker Series kicks off June 13th here at the LaunchBox. We’re featuring tips and tricks to entrepreneurs on how to make ...



10 common startup mistakes: #7 launch = a perfect solution

April 13, 2018

The seventh installment of a 10 post series on common startup mistakes. Mistake 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Half a product. Not a half-a@@ed product. Those of us who prescribe to ...



Student founders receive $10K to work full time on their startups

June 5, 2018

Penn State Summer Founder Program in partnership with LaunchBox The Summer Founders program gives Penn State teams $10,000 each to work on their startup, social good, or non-profit idea for the ...


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