About

A Penn State program for the entire community.

Founded in February of 2016, LaunchBox is a signature program of Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. Happy Valley LaunchBox is one of 13 innovation hubs across the Commonwealth.

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The “hub” for local entrepreneurs.

Our mission is to be the “hub” that connects local entrepreneurs to the support, resources, and facilities they need to build a sustainable and scalable business with a viable plan for growth.

By centralizing our no-cost services, we help entrepreneurs to avoid the common mistakes startups often face and enable them to focus their time on de-risking and growing their businesses.

“Always deliver more than expected.”

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Run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. 

Our staff are entrepreneurs, and we love helping others to jump start and grow their businesses. de-risking and growing their businesses.

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“Learn by doing” philosophy. 

We believe that the key to success is diving in head first, learning fast, and continually testing your assumptions. Our program is geared toward giving startups the tools they need to more quickly tackle the challenges they face.

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You’re the boss. 

Our staff and advisors provide advice and share experiences to empower entrepreneurs to make informed decisions about the best way to build and grow their companies.

Meet the LaunchBox team.

Lee Erickson Chief Amplifier

Lee’s role at LaunchBox is to help startup teams de-risk and grow their businesses, and then to amplify their successes. Lee runs the 10-week accelerators, connects startup founders to outside resources, and provides guidance on a variety of startup challenges—customer discovery, testing assumptions, building minimum viable products (MVPS), and crafting messaging that resonates with potential customers.

Prior to joining LaunchBox, Lee was a Lecturer and Undergraduate Studies Entrepreneurship Academic Program Coordinator for the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State where she taught entrepreneurship classes and mentored early-stage student teams. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in 2013 from IST, Lee founded and ran multiple businesses including Erickson Barnett, a full-service marketing agency specializing in B2B technology marketing, and Erickson & Associates, an independent consulting firm that developed computer-based instruction and online help systems for large corporations. Her clients have included AT&T, GE Information Services, the FDIC, the FAA, the Kauffman Foundation, New Enterprise Associates, Columbia Capital, Oak Investment Partners, and VeriSign.

Jason Huber Entrepreneurial Cog Coordinator

Jason’s role at LaunchBox is to run the facilities, manage events, welcome visitors, and share his experiences as an entrepreneur. When he’s not giving tours, he’s working to build a network of resources that startups can leverage, and fully utilizing his wicked sense of humor to keep us all in stitches.

Coming from an entrepreneurial family, Jason has been involved in a number of businesses, including starting, running, and selling a successful graphic T-shirt design and print shop with his co-founder.

Check out our co-working space (great place for a startup to get work done).