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Find out what resources are available to help you build and grow your business.

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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

Applications open August 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

Applications open August 2018.

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Summer_Founders_Icon Ready to grow?

Spend your summer working on your startup.

The 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 open Spring 2019.

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De-risk your business.

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

Get help with:
  • How to get started
  • Legal issues
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Market research


Choose the program that is right for you. From testing an idea, to building a solution, to dedicating the summer to grow your venture.

We take no equity and charge no rent.



Tap into our extensive network of advisors.

Sign up for on-site no-cost legal, intellectual property, and business advice.

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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: #8 what I think = the facts

July 2, 2018

The eighth installment of a 10 post series on common startup mistakes. Mistake 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Assumptions can kill your startup. All entrepreneurs start with a bunch of ...



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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If you’re interested in giving back by sharing your industry expertise and/or real-world business experiences, we’d love to hear from you.


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Looking for $10K to jump start your venture? The Summer Founders Program may be a great opportunity.