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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
  • Elevator pitch competitions
  • Legal and intellectual property services

Veteran's Business Bootcamp

You're a Veteran with a startup or business idea...figure out how to turn that idea into a successful business in this 8-week virtual bootcamp that provides the structure and support to build your business plan, plus get a chance to win funding!
No affiliation with Penn State is required for participation.
  • Build your business plan over 8 weeks
  • 1:1 virtual coaching support
  • Chance to win up to $3500 in funding
  • Continued support after program
Key Dates:
  • Now accepting applications! Aply by August 25, 2021.
  • Program runs September 13 - November 17, 2021

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!


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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