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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 entrepreneuer's hub, 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
  • Workspace
  • Elevator pitch competitions
  • Legal and intellectual property services

Proven LinkedIn Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Did you know you can tap into LinkedIn algorithms and little-known strategies to build your business and outshine your competitors?
In this session you will learn how to:

• Build a LinkedIn profile like a rock star
• Attract prospective customers and referral partners with proven content strategies
• Use LinkedIn groups to expand your network
• Optimize your LinkedIn advertising opportunities
• Tap into key LinkedIn algorithms to stand out from your competition

Presented by Brooke Miles, Founder of Delaware ShoutOut, a social media training firm that has helped hundreds of business owners to create a social media experience that’s just right for them
  • Wednesday, October 28th, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Free webinar through ZOOM. For login information, please register using the Register Now button.

Privacy & Confidentiality in Business

Privacy is just a cost of doing business – or is it? Learn how privacy and confidentiality can protect your business interests beyond regulatory compliance and risk management. A panel of experts will discuss practical and legal aspects for maintaining privacy and confidentiality, including during new product and service creation, new venture formation, new market entrance, customer relationship management, negotiations, and other decision points across the business lifecycle. We’ll examine a range of techniques, from cybersecurity to productivity monitoring to privileged communications, to protect your assets and business interests in the information age.

Hosted by the Berks LaunchBox, the Harrisburg LaunchBox, the Kutztown SBDC, and Invent Penn State.
  • Wednesday, November 4th, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Free webinar through ZOOM. For login information, please register using the Register Now button.

Startup Challenge Virtual Accelerator

Build your business idea and craft your elevator pitch in 1 week! Startup Challenge is an action-packed startup intensive for community, students, and professionals with early-stage business ideas..

Whether you are an experienced entrepreneur or just starting out, Startup Challenge gives you the structure and support to build a business model and craft a powerful pitch and compete for prizes!
  • Virtual startup-building intensive for early-stage business ideas
  • Build your business idea and a powerful pitch in a week
  • Win prizes in final elevator pitch competition
  • Participation is by application only. Open to any PA-based individual or team. No affiliation with Penn State is required for application
Key Dates:
  • Startup Challenge is November 6th-14th, 2020.
  • Apply by October 18th.

Idea TestLab

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. This 6-week intensive program will be offered virtually for fall 2020.
  • 6 week virtual startup accelerator
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Win up to $2500 in seed funding
  • No affiliation with Penn State required for application
Key Dates:
  • Stay tuned for information on the Winter 2021 cohort of Idea TestLab. Application period opens November 2020


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.


No-cost workspace is open to the LaunchBox clients (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)

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.

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news & events

Business Entities & Legal Issues for Startups
Free Webinar – Sept 24th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm LLC, Sole Proprietor, C-Corp....oh my! This free live webinar features the Penn State Law Entrepreneurship Assistance Clinic, which provides free legal assistance to Pennsylvania entrepreneurs. Webinar topics include: how to select...
Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs
Free Webinar – Oct 8th, 12- 1pm Patent, trademark or copyright? Learn about the different types of intellectual property and how to protect your business ideas. This free live webinar features the Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic, which provides...
Harrisburg LaunchBox Idea TestLab final pitch competition winners announced
July 7, 2020 MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – The winners of the Penn State Harrisburg LaunchBox Idea Test Lab final pitch competition have been announced. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the final pitch competition was held virtually following an intensive six-week startup course for University and...
Watch the Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs Webinar
Missed the Intellectual Property webinar? Watch it here. We had such a great turnout for the April 15th Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs Webinar that we decided to share the video with those who couldn't join us. Watch the live webinar on the Harrisburg...
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...
Idea Test Lab Final Pitch Competition winners announced at Penn State Harrisburg
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The winners of the Penn State Harrisburg Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Idea Test Lab final pitch competition have been announced. Held this spring, the final pitch followed an intensive five-week startup course for University and community...

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