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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.
  • Startup accelerator bootcamps
  • 1:1 coaching and mentoring
  • Elevator pitch competitions
  • Legal and intellectual property services
Apply now to Idea TestLab Winter 2022 accelerator!

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.

Now accepting applications to the Winter 2022 virtual program. Apply by January 10th, 2022!
  • 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:
  • Apply by 11:59 pm on January 10, 2022!
  • Winter 2022 program: February 1st - March 4th, 2022.

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.

Learn the Basics of Google Ads

During this workshop, you will learn how to reach more customers and grow your business with Google Ads. Featuring Grow With Google trainer Randi Penfil. Sponsored by Abington LaunchBox, Beaver Valley LaunchBox, Berks LaunchBox, Hazleton LaunchBox, Mont Alto LaunchBox and York LaunchBox.
  • How to create an account and set up an ad campaign
  • How to write great ads, refine keywords, and include ad extensions
  • How to measure success
Key Dates:
  • Thursday, December 2nd, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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

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...
Fall 2020 Idea TestLab Winners Announced
October 13, 2020 The winners of Harrisburg LaunchBox's Fall 2020 Idea TestLab final pitch competition have been announced.  The October 13th, 2020 final pitch competition concluded the Idea TestLab six-week virtual startup course for community entrepreneurs, in which participants validate...
Winter 2020 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...
Winter 2019 Idea TestLab Final Pitch Competition winners announced
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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