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From accelerator programs, to legal advice, to coworking space, we’re here to help.
For Entrepreneurs
Located at the Penn State Harrisburg campus in Middletown, we are the hub connecting Capitol region entrepreneurs to the support and resources they need to build a sustainable and scalable business with a viable plan for growth.
WE OFFER:
  • Business accelerator programs
  • Business coaching
  • Coworking space
  • Pitch Competitions
  • Legal and intellectual property services

Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs Webinar - April 15th, 12 - 1 pm

Learn about different types of intellectual property and how to protect your business ideas. This free webinar features Rachel Herder, Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic and Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at Penn State Law. Hosted by the Harrisburg LaunchBox, the Berks LaunchBox , and Invent Penn State.
  • Wednesday, April 15th, 2020, 12 pm - 1 pm
  • Free webinar through ZOOM. For login information, please register using the Register Now button.

Licensing & Company Creation Webinar - April 30th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

This clinic will help entrepreneurs navigate the evolving field of entrepreneurship law by providing legal guidance on whether to start a company or license proprietary property, considerations in selecting an entity structure and details on licensing. Learn from presenters Sarah Phillips and Sarah Zomaya from the Penn State Dickinson Law, Business Law Society.
  • Thursday, April 30th, 2020, 6:30 pm - 7:30 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.
  • Cohort-based 6 week startup bootcamp
  • 1-on-1 coaching
  • Chance to win up to $2500 in seed funding
  • Access to free coworking for duration of program
Key Dates:
  • The application period for the fall 2020 cohort opens soon. Check back for details!

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
Key Dates:
  • April's Startup Challenge in Lancaster is postponed to fall 2020. Check back soon 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.

Coworking Space

Our no-cost, flexible coworking space is open to the public Mon – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Find an inviting space to work, or schedule a conference room for a private meeting.

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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220+
Startups Graduated
2,516
Entrepreneurs Assisted
122
New PA Companies
146+
New Jobs Created

news & events

Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs Webinar
Free Webinar ~ Wednesday, April 15th, 2020, 12pm - 1 pm Learn about different types of intellectual property and how to protect your business ideas. This free webinar features Rachel Herder, Director of the Intellectual Property Clinic and Assistant Professor...
Licensing & Company Creation for Entrepreneurs
Free Webinar ~ Thursday, April 30th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm This legal clinic will help entrepreneurs navigate the evolving field of entrepreneurship law by providing legal guidance in: • whether to start a company or license proprietary property •...
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...

Tools for Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Industry

Our Navigators are built with you in mind. See what Penn State has to offer.

Resource Navigator

The Resource Navigator showcases entrepreneurship and innovation resources in Penn State University communities across Pennsylvania.

IP Navigator

The Intellectual Property Navigator is a showcase of Penn State University’s intellectual property available for licensing.

Startup Navigator

The Startup Navigator is a showcase of startups with Penn State DNA.