Is 2020 the year?

What are you waiting for?

Idea TestLab_Icon Have an idea?

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

Get help better defining the problem you’re trying to solve, who has it, and what value you can provide to them. Our Idea TestLab program includes:

  • 4, 2-hour group sessions
  • access to up to $3000 for qualified teams
  • access to 1-on-1 mentoring
  • 24×7 access to LaunchBox for duration of program

Applications close February 7th.

FastTrack Accelerator_Icon 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. Our FastTrack Accelerator program includes:

  • 15 weekly 2-hr bootcamp sessions
  • coaching through key startup milestones
  • up to $3000 in funding for qualified teams
  • access to server credits, free digital tools, and SolidWorks
  • weekly 1-on-1 mentoring
  • access to our network of 80+ advisors
  • 24×7 access to LaunchBox for 1 year

Applications open late summer.

SummerFounders2020 Need money to grow?

Get $15K from Invent Penn State to work on your startup this summer.

Student founders work full time on their startup, social good, or non-profit over the summer here in State College.  The Summer Founders program includes:

  • weekly dinners with experts and experienced entrepreneurs
  • advisory board and 1-on-1 coaching
  • up to $3000 grant for customer discovery
  • access to server credits, 1-year POWr subscription, and SolidWorks
  • 24×7 access to LaunchBox for 1 year

Applications open now.


Avoid common mistakes.

Navigating the startup world can be difficult. Leverage our no-cost clinics to de-risk your business.

Get help with:
  • Getting started
  • Setting up a legal entity
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Financials


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.


Expert Advice

Tap into our extensive network of advisors.

Get expert legal, intellectual property, and business advice at our no cost clinics.

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5 startups receive $10K as part of Summer Founders Program

April 30, 2019

A summer of building… The Summer Founders Program, in partnership with Happy Valley LaunchBox gives Penn State teams $10,000 each so they can work full-time on their business over the summer. Funding ...



Legal advice across the Commonwealth

April 30, 2019

Helping startups de-risk their businesses. The Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic is a key part of how Penn State de-risks early stage startups. Lead by Tom Sharbaugh, the clinic provids ...



Local startup featured in Newsweek

April 30, 2019

Giving a voice to the voiceless. Mary Elizabeth started on her journey as a freshman at the Altoona campus. She was one of the 1st groups to go through our Summer ...


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