news & events

Truist Empowered Entrepreneurs Executive Seminar Series

Join us for a dynamic event series to help strengthen small businesses in the Harrisburg region! Together with the Truist Foundation and Penn State Harrisburg team, we’ll convene diverse leaders in the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem around topics including: Access to capital Technical support programs Mentorship for success Research and development of new technologies Best practices and policies on inclusion Upcoming Events: March 28, 2024: Mentorship for Success Keynote Speaker: Nida Ansari: CEO, Karmic Ventures Click here to register.   April 23, 2024: Building an Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Keynote Speaker: James Bailey: President & CEO, Russell Center for Innovation &...

June 27 – Founder’s Circle Luncheon!

REGISTER HERE! Our Founder's Circle will feature short Ted-Talks style power presentations. Hear from founders about what's working and also hear from founders who need to break through barriers and overcome key challenges. You'll have the opportunity to hear founder stories, offer feedback and offer your expertise - plus hear from founders who have successfully scaled their businesses - learn from their success. 10:00am - Founder's Circle 11:30am - Founder's Luncheon. The program will end at 1:00pm and the room will be open until 2pm for networking!

Small Business Summit – 2023!

  REGISTER TODAY! June 15, 2023 8am - 3pm Location: Penn State Harrisburg 777 W. Harrisburg Pike Middletown, PA.  Register Now! Join us for the Harrisburg LaunchBox Small Business Summit! We've planned a full day experience for innovators and entrepreneurs in our community! Discover tips and tools to launch, grow and scale your startup Connect with regional resources to help expand your business Hear from local successful entrepreneurs on how to overcome the barriers to growth Find out more about how to fund your early stage venture Learn how to register to do business with the Commonwealth of PA We...

Winners of Winter 2022 Idea TestLab Announced

MARCH 10, 2022 - The Penn State Mont Alto, Harrisburg and York LaunchBoxes recently announced the winners of their regional Idea TestLab final pitch competition. The competition concluded a five-week-long virtual business idea accelerator during which eight selected startups received coaching and training to identify viable business models through intensive customer discovery. Program participants comprised a select group of Penn State student and faculty entrepreneurs, and Pennsylvania-based community members who have early-stage, scalable business ideas. During the program, startups interviewed customers, built their early-stage business models, and crafted their elevator pitches. The program culminated in a pitch competition during which...

2021 Veterans Business Bootcamp Winners Announced

Harrisburg LaunchBox is pleased to announce the winners of the Veterans Business Bootcamp final pitch competition on November 17, 2021 at Penn State Harrisburg.  The final pitch competition concluded the eight-week long virtual program, in which a select group of 5 veteran entrepreneurs received coaching and instruction to build their business plans and pitches.  These entrepreneurs presented their pitches to compete for up to $3500 in funding at the final pitch competition. All participating entrepreneurs walked away with at least $750 in funding. The following awards were presented to the participating entrepreneurs at the final pitch event: • Sharon Hill...