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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.
WE OFFER:
  • Startup accelerator bootcamps
  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring
  • Workspace
  • Elevator pitch competitions
  • Legal and intellectual property services

Common Legal Issues for Startups

Entrepreneurs need a lot of legal guidance to start businesses. This free live webinar features the Penn State Law Entrepreneurship Assistance Clinic, which provides free legal assistance to Pennsylvania entrepreneurs. Webinar topics include business entity formation (including how to know if an entity is required), founder agreements and allocation of equity among owners, protection of confidential information, hiring employees vs. contractors and other HR issues, and more. Sponsored by Berks LaunchBox, Harrisburg LaunchBox, Kutztown University SBDC and Invent Penn State.
  • Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, 12 pm - 1 pm
  • Free webinar through ZOOM. For login information, please register using the Register Now button.

Practical Social Media Tips for the Busy Entrepreneurs

You know you need a strong social media program to build your brand, but how do you make it work when you’re already starved for time? Presented by Brooke Miles, founder of social media marketing firm Delaware ShoutOut, this virtual workshop presents time-saving tricks and tools used by social media pros. You’ll learn how to: Choose the best social media sites, easily find content your audience will love​, craft your posts to get more likes, comments, shares, and clicks, and get more social media exposure to outshine your competitors. By the end of this workshop, you’ll walk away with practical tools and techniques you can apply right away. Sponsored by Berks LaunchBox, Harrisburg LaunchBox and Invent Penn State.
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Free webinar through ZOOM. For login information, please register using the Register Now button.

Finances 101 for Startups

Overwhelmed with small business finances? Join this free webinar workshop to learn how to prepare financial projections, how to approach vendors for financing, the types of loans you can apply for, how to put together a loan package, and more! Featuring Mark Rentschler, Finance and Technology Specialist of the Kutztown University SBDC, with over 25 years of experience administering local, state, and federal incentive loan programs in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Mark also has extensive knowledge of Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania loan programs, and USDA Business and Industry loan programs. Sponsored by the Berks LaunchBox, Harrisburg LaunchBox Kutztown University SBDC and Invent Penn State
  • Wednesday, August 26th, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Free webinar through ZOOM. For login information, please register using the Register Now button.

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:
  • Application period now open through July 18th! Apply today!

Startup Challenge

So you want to be an entrepreneur -- but you have no idea where to start. Maybe you don't have an idea yet. It's never too early to #GetStarted. Startup Challenge is an action-packed weekend accelerator program. Learn, build and pitch a business idea in 48 hours!
  • Build and pitch a business idea in 48 hours
  • Win prizes in final elevator pitch competition
  • Connect with others with business, technical and/or design experience
  • All meals, wifi, coffee and workspace provided
  • Startup Challenge is open to all. No affiliation with Penn State is required for participation.
Key Dates:
  • November 6-8th, 2020 at Penn State Harrisburg campus. Check back in the coming weeks for details!

Accelerators

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.

WorkSpace

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.

Dickinson Law’s “Inside Entrepreneurship Law” Blog

INSIDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAW blog provides information on relevant topics for entrepreneurs and their counsel.

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news & events

Common Legal Issues for Startups
Free Webinar – July 22nd, 12 pm - 1 pm Entrepreneurs need a lot of legal guidance to start businesses. This free live webinar features the Penn State Law Entrepreneurship Assistance Clinic, which provides free legal assistance to Pennsylvania entrepreneurs....
Practical Social Media Tips for the Busy Entrepreneurs
Free Webinar - July 28, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM You know you need a strong social media program to build your brand, but how do you make it work when you’re already starved for time? Presented by Brooke Miles,...
Finances 101 for Startups
Free Webinar ~ August 26th, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Overwhelmed with small business finances? Join this free webinar workshop to learn how to prepare financial projections, how to approach vendors for financing, the types of loans you...
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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