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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 received coaching and support to transform early-stage business ideas into business model drafts and elevator pitches.  Program applicants included community, students and professionals with early-stage business ideas. Startup Challenge was created in collaboration with Abington LaunchBox powered by Penn State, Berks LaunchBox powered by Penn State Corner LaunchBox, Great Valley LaunchBox powered by Penn State, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by...

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 their customer problems they hope to solve with their proposed business ideas. Eight teams competed for a total of $5,000 in funding to use for additional customer research and further product development. Winners included: Guest Scholars - marketplace of experts and scholars -  providing live and recorded stock and custom content for institutions and organizations seeking educational content from providers...

Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs

Free Webinar – Oct 8th, 12- 1pm Patent, trademark or copyright? Learn about the different types of intellectual property and how to protect your business ideas. This free live webinar features the Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic, which provides free legal assistance to Pennsylvania entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Berks LaunchBox, Harrisburg LaunchBox, Kutztown University SBDC and Invent Penn State. REGISTER HERE

Business Entities & Legal Issues for Startups

Free Webinar – Sept 24th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm LLC, Sole Proprietor, C-Corp....oh my! This free live webinar features the Penn State Law Entrepreneurship Assistance Clinic, which provides free legal assistance to Pennsylvania entrepreneurs. Webinar topics include: how to select and register a business entity, founder agreements and allocation of equity among owners, protection of confidential information Hiring employees vs. contractors, and other HR issues. You will be prompted to register or log in with the SBDC to sign up. Sponsored by Berks LaunchBox, Harrisburg LaunchBox, Kutztown University SBDC and Invent Penn State. REGISTER NOW

Design Thinking for Business

Free Webinar – September 1st, 2020, 12 pm - 1:30 pm What is design thinking and how can it help your business? In this 90-minute, hands-on virtual workshop you will learn the design thinking process and how to apply it to business problems. Whether you’re a seasoned business owner, an early-stage entrepreneur, or an employee looking for business problem-solving tools, this webinar is for you. Participants must register by 8 am on September 1st. Register early! Participants will receive materials in advance of the program to prepare for the workshop. Sponsored by Harrisburg LaunchBox, Kutztown University SBDC and Invent Penn State....