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From startup accelerators, to legal advice, to 1:1 coaching, we’re here to help.
For Entrepreneurs
Harrisburg LaunchBox is an entrepreneur's space, connecting Pennsylvania entrepreneurs to resources to build scalable and sustainable business models with viable strategies for growth.
  • Startup accelerator bootcamps
  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring
  • Elevator pitch competitions
  • Legal and intellectual property services

Watch "Get Started Building Your Business with Lean Startup" webinar

Ready to start your business, but confused about where to start? Learn how to use the Lean Startup process - the gold-standard methodology that helps entrepreneurs de-risk their ventures and get to market quickly - and how the Idea TestLab program can help you build your business idea.

This webinar was presented as part of the 2020 Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State.

Idea TestLab Virtual Accelerator

Have a business idea? Figure out how to turn it into a viable business. Idea TestLab is a "customer discovery" investigation designed to help you better understand the customer, the problem you're trying to solve, and how to provide value in a differentiated way.
  • 5 week startup accelerator
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Win up to $3000 in total prize funding
  • No affiliation with Penn State required for application
Key Dates:
  • Applications have closed for the Winter 2022 cohort. Check back in the coming months for information on the next Idea TestLab program.


Whether you have a business idea to develop or are just starting out, we have an accelerator program that’s right for you. Programs are low- or no-cost and offer chances to win prizes to help get your business idea going. Accelerator programs are by application only.

Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic

Provides a variety of free legal services related to startups.

Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic

Provides entrepreneurs free assistance to determine if they have intellectual property and how to protect it.

Ready to get started?

news & events

Small Business Summit – 2023!
  REGISTER TODAY! June 15, 2023 8am - 3pm Location: Penn State Harrisburg 777 W. Harrisburg Pike Middletown, PA.  Register Now! Join us for the Harrisburg LaunchBox Small Business Summit! We've planned a full day experience for innovators and entrepreneurs...
Winners of Winter 2022 Idea TestLab Announced
MARCH 10, 2022 - The Penn State Mont Alto, Harrisburg and York LaunchBoxes recently announced the winners of their regional Idea TestLab final pitch competition. The competition concluded a five-week-long virtual business idea accelerator during which eight selected startups received...
2021 Veterans Business Bootcamp Winners Announced
Harrisburg LaunchBox is pleased to announce the winners of the Veterans Business Bootcamp final pitch competition on November 17, 2021 at Penn State Harrisburg.  The final pitch competition concluded the eight-week long virtual program, in which a select group of...
Fall 2020 Startup Challenge Idea Accelerator Winners Announced
Harrisburg LaunchBox is pleased to announce the winners of the Startup Challenge virtual accelerator final pitch competition on November 14, 2020.  The final pitch competition concluded the week-long virtual business idea accelerator, in which a select group of 8 participants...
Watch Design Thinking for Business
Couldn't make the webinar?  Watch Design Thinking for Business Now What is design thinking and how can it help your business? In this 90-minute, hands-on virtual workshop you will learn the design thinking process and how to apply it to...
Watch the Design Thinking Virtual Workshop
See what you missed from our May 14th virtual workshop -- watch the workshop video here. Design thinking. You've heard of it. But what *is* it and how can it help you? In this fun, interactive workshop, we'll learn the...

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