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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
  • Elevator pitch competitions
  • Legal and intellectual property services

Compliance & Risk Management for Competitive Edge: How Cybersecurity Can Improve your Bottom Line

Cybersecurity doesn’t just protect your business – it is essential to grow and maintain your customer base, particularly in highly-regulated industries like medical, financial and manufacturing. Join us as presenter Angie Singer Keating, CEO of Reclamere, Inc. discusses how to use compliance and risk management policies to your business's advantage.
  • This webinar is part of the Penn State SBDC Cybersecurity Action Week series, co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners CNP and supported by the USDA Rural Business Development Grant program.
Key Dates:
  • Tuesday, October 12th 10 am - 11:15 am

Cybersecurity on a Budget: Easy + Affordable Ways to Get Started

Cybersecurity – you know you need it for your business. But how can businesses with limited budgets get started? Don’t miss this essential webinar presenting practical cybersecurity tips for busy founders and executives. Learn how to identify vulnerabilities and implement simple processes to protect intellectual property and sensitive data. This event features LIVE Q&A with expert Chris Walck, Director of IT & Cybersecurity, Kutztown University SBDC. You can’t afford to miss this event!
  • This webinar is part of the Penn State SBDC Cybersecurity Action Week series, co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners CNP and supported by the USDA Rural Business Development Grant program.
Key Dates:
  • Tuesday, October 12th 6 pm - 7:15 pm

Cybersecurity 101: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Does the threat of massive data losses, theft of intellectual property, and credit card breaches leave you feeling lost? Many vulnerabilities lie within your company's greatest asset - its people. By understanding your employees’ vulnerabilities, you can empower them to stand tall in the face of the many attacks. Join us as presenter Dr. James Norrie, CEO of cyberconIQ, makes cybersecurity for small businesses an accessible topic with a clear plan of action to keep you safer online.
  • This webinar is part of the Penn State SBDC Cybersecurity Action Week series, co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners CNP and supported by the USDA Rural Business Development Grant program.
Key Dates:
  • Wednesday, October 13th 10 am - 11:15 am

Setting Up E-Commerce: Start Selling Online Securely & Effectively

If your business isn’t online, you’re missing out on a big opportunity to generate sales and create awareness. Learn how to select e-commerce platforms, create your online store, and ensure your sensitive data is secure. Featuring a Q&A format with experts Troy Weston, Owner of 3twenty9 Design, LLC, Chris Walck, Director of IT & Cybersecurity at Kutztown SBDC, and moderator Elizabeth Fegert, Marketing and Event Coordinator at Penn State SBDC.
  • This webinar is part of the Penn State SBDC Cybersecurity Action Week series, co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners CNP and supported by the USDA Rural Business Development Grant program.
Key Dates:
  • Thursday, October 14th 10 am - 11:15 am

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps

Want your business to be found online? Need to figure out how to manage your business on Google Search and Maps? Hide your address? Join us to learn the importance of verifying and how to use your Google Business Profile effectively. Featuring Grow With Google trainer Randi Penfil. Sponsored by Abington LaunchBox, Beaver Valley LaunchBox, Berks LaunchBox, Hazleton LaunchBox, Mont Alto LaunchBox and York LaunchBox.
  • Create or claim your Business Profile on Google
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Hands-on demo of the features discussed
Key Dates:
  • Wednesday, October 13th, 6 pm - 7 pm

Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Let's talk about YouTube! Are you thinking of creating a YouTube Channel? Are you currently using YouTube for your business? Now sure how to get started or how to build your channel? This is the webinar for you. Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand. Featuring Grow With Google trainer Randi Penfil. Sponsored by Abington LaunchBox, Beaver Valley LaunchBox, Berks LaunchBox, Hazleton LaunchBox, Mont Alto LaunchBox and York LaunchBox.
  • Why you should have a YouTube channel
  • How to set up a YouTube channel
  • What's important to fill out when uploading a video
  • Making good creative, and how to target and measure the results
Key Dates:
  • Monday, November 8th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

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

If you're ready to start your business, but confused about where to start? This webinar discusses how to use the Lean Startup process, the gold-standard methodology that helps entrepreneurs de-risk their ventures and get to market quickly. This webinar was presented as part of the 2020 Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State.

Idea TestLab Startup 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.
  • 6 week startup accelerator
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Win up to $2500 in seed funding
  • No affiliation with Penn State required for application
Key Dates:
  • The application period has closed, but Idea TestLab will be back in winter 2022. Check back in fall 2021 for application information.

Startup Challenge Idea 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!
  • 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
  • No affiliation with Penn State is required for application
Key Dates:
  • Check back for information on Startup Challenge, coming fall of 2021!

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.

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

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...
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...
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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