Get the help, resources, and support you need to create the business you’ve always dreamed of.

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

Applications due by Jan 31st.

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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

New program starts Fall 2018.

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Summer_Founders_Icon Ready to grow?

Spend your summer working on your startup.

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


Applications will open Feb 1st.

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

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

Our FastTrack Accelerator is perfect for teams who have identified a scalable idea but are looking for help in building out their solution and testing the market.

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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New FastTrack Accelerator Startups

December 1, 2017

We’re proud to announced the nine startups that were accepted into our 2017-18 FastTrack Accelerator program. New expanded program The program has been extended from the previous 10-week programs, that took place ...



10 common startup mistakes: #5 building something = progress

November 28, 2017

The fifth installment of a 10 post series on common startup mistakes. Mistake 1, 2, 3, 4. Having a product doesn’t mean you’re on track. A common mistake that startups make is ...



Who’s that tree hanging out at the LaunchBox?

December 8, 2017

Kerri Smith (pictured above) is the founder of Sonic Tree Music. She doesn’t typically sit around the LaunchBox in a Christmas tree costume, but, on this day, Kerri was being ...


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