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SummerFounders2020 3C

Ready grow your venture?

The Summer Founders program gives startups an equity-free $15,000 grant to grow their venture over the summer.

Startups in the program…

  • attend weekly dinners and 1-on-1 coaching sessions to discuss current challenges, share successes, and learn from each other
  • meet regularly with mentors and experienced entrepreneurs to grow their network and accelerate their ventures
  • have 24×7 access to the Happy Valley LaunchBox facility and space in one of our team rooms for 1 year, with free Wi-Fi, coffee, and printing
  • have access to free server credits and 1-year subscriptions to SOLIDWORKS, and POWr
  • may be eligible to receive an additional $3,000 for support customer discovery through the Invent Penn State NSF I-Corps Site program
This program is best suited for startups who can commit to working full time on their ventures over the summer.


  • Applications close: Feb 16
  • Notification of interviews: Feb 21
  • Team interviews: Feb 27 and 28
  • Teams selected: Mar 2
  • Startup Showcase: August 12


Group bootcamps run from 6-8PM on the following dates:

  • May 20,27
  • June 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July 8, 15, 22, 29
  • August 5
Idea TestLab_Icon

Have an idea, but need help getting started?

The Idea TestLab helps you get a better handle on the problem, who has it, and how you can provide value.

Participants have:

  • 4, 2-hour group sessions
  • access to up to $3000 for customer discovery
  • access to 1-on-1 mentoring
  • 24×7 access to LaunchBox for duration of program
This program is best for early stage entrepreneurs who are just exploring the feasibility of their idea..


  • Applications close: Feb 7


  • Feb 18, 25
  • Mar 3, 17

Co-working open to everyone. M - F, 8:30 - 4:30.