The Happy Valley LaunchBox is a signature program of Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success.
While funded by Penn State all programs and services are open to the public.
Founded in February of 2016, Happy Valley LaunchBox is one of 21 Innovation Hubs across the Commonwealth.Learn More
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.
“LaunchBox has been instrumental in taking my idea and creating a well-rounded startup, from co-working space for my team, a vast network of mentors, and most of all an infectious atmosphere that motivates me to work harder.”
Shevy Karbasi, co-founder Moichor
Our staff are entrepreneurs, and we love helping others to jump start and grow their businesses.
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.
Our advisors provide share experiences and expertise to empower entrepreneurs to make informed decisions about the best way to build and grow their companies.
Lee’s role at LaunchBox is to help startup de-risk and grow their businesses. She runs the educational programs, 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 resonate 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) here 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 co-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’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.