What is Harrisburg LaunchBox?

If you’re an entrepreneur, start here

Our mission is to be the “hub” that connects local entrepreneurs to the support, resources, and facilities they need to build a sustainable and scalable business with a viable plan for growth. By centralizing our no-cost services, we help entrepreneurs to avoid the common mistakes startups often face and enable them to focus their time on de-risking and growing their businesses.

Harrisburg LaunchBox is run by professional staff and volunteers that contribute diverse technical and business expertise and experience to our programming.

Let’s work together.
Harrisburg LaunchBox is open to all – no affiliation with Penn State is required to utilize our services. We offer free and low-cost services to startups and early-stage entrepreneurs. We take no equity for our services.
  • Business accelerator programs
  • Pitch competitions
  • 1:1 coaching and mentorship
  • Legal and intellectual property services
Meet the LaunchBox Team
Annie Hughes


Annie Hughes is Director of Harrisburg LaunchBox and a Management Consultant with the Penn State SBDC. Annie supports entrepreneurship and innovation in the Capital region through lean startup and design thinking instruction and business coaching and consulting. Prior to joining Penn State Harrisburg, Annie was a Manager of Disruptive Innovation at the Hershey Company, and a Director of Sales and Marketing at Eco Lips, Inc., a small business in her home state of Iowa. Annie has a B.S. from Northwestern University's School of Communication, and an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. She lives in Harrisburg, where she and her husband are active in community building and economic development efforts.