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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...
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...
Harrisburg LaunchBox in the News
Mason, John M.  "How Innovation Works."  Online article. Seeking Alpha, 26 May 2020.
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September 22 2021

Couple establish Mon Valley LaunchBox endowment in memory of their parents

Robert and Cynthia Van Druff, longtime supporters of Penn State Greater Allegheny have pledged $100,000 to create the Robert A. Van Druff and Cynthia A. Dawso Van Druff LaunchBox Endowment
September 9 2021

Inaugural blueStart Festival hosted by Innoblue set for Oct. 4-10

Navigating the ever-growing Penn State entrepreneurial landscape can be a daunting task for new and returning students. Student entrepreneurship club Innoblue is launching the inaugural blueStart Festival, Oct. 4–10, to help students jump into the entrepreneurship community and connect to resources on campus.
August 30 2021

Virtual Idea TestLab, FastTrack Accelerator now accepting applications

Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank is accepting applications for its virtual Idea TestLab starting Aug. 31 and in-person FastTrack Accelerator beginning Aug. 23. Both programs provide University and community entrepreneurs with the resources and skills they need to turn their idea into a scalable business. The deadline for Idea Test Lab applications is Sept. 21 and the deadline...
August 27 2021

Winning startup works to increase speed to market for some pharmaceuticals

Brad Rogers, alongside his colleagues at the Penn State Eberly College of Science, Paul Cremer and Tinglu Yang, developed an industry-disruptive temperature device allowing for faster and more accurate stability screening for scientists. They hope it will enable them to accelerate and improve predictions associated with biopharmaceutical shelf-life and, ultimately, reduce biologic drug failure by up to 25%.
August 26 2021

Altoona LaunchBox to host fourth session in 'Grow with Google' webinar series

The Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite family will present "Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics" on Thursday, Sept. 9.
August 25 2021

Penn State alumna builds nonprofit to help Black & Brown Founders succeed

In 2017, Penn State alumna Aniyia Williams launched Black & Brown Founders, a nonprofit organization providing community, education and financial access to Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, allowing them to launch and build tech businesses with modest resources.