Penn State Greater Allegheny hosted a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony to officially open the Mon Valley Launchbox; a business pre-accelerator for entrepreneurs around Allegheny County.
Longtime campus supporter Charles Snapp has made a $50,000 gift in support of the North Central PA LaunchBox Powered by Penn State DuBois. This gift will double thanks to a matching program offered by Penn State, resulting in the $100,000 Charles E. Snapp LaunchBox Endowment.
Lehigh Valley LaunchBox continues its educational event series focusing on the unique challenges and victories of female entrepreneurs called “LaunchBox Ladies: From Passion to Profit” with a program on Sept. 26. The topic of the program is “Women in Sports and Beyond,” and the speakers will share how their sports accomplishments have led to achievements beyond their athletic disciplines.
“Positioning Your Business and Brand for Success in a Competitive Market” will be hosted by the North Central PA Launchbox and Ben Franklin Technology Partners via an online seminar through LaunchLINK. It is planned for 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 in Room 256 of the Swift Building at Penn State DuBois.
Entrepreneurs in northern Schuylkill County now have access to Penn State Schuylkill’s LionLaunch business programming in Shenandoah, made possible through a partnership with Downtown Shenandoah Inc.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s national SBIR Road Tour is coming to Penn State’s University Park campus on Sept. 19 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding — the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
A signature program of Invent Penn State, the Summer Founders Program is a 13-week accelerator that provides teams $10,000 in funding, resources and mentorship to accelerate their ideas over the summer. Teams work full time on their startup, attend weekly dinners and meet regularly with advisers throughout the summer. The program does not take ownership or equity in participants’ businesses or nonprofits. All that’s asked is participants commit to working hard on their project for the summer and making an impact in their community.
Several new startups launched by community and student entrepreneurs recently graduated from the Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank FastTrack Accelerator. Their ideas spanned acne treatment; a better way to find a tech dream job or sublet an apartment; and a Smoke Shield System that increases the amount of time someone trapped in a fire can survive while waiting to be rescued.
Budding entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the Penn State Berks Idea TestLab, a six-week series of workshops that will provide commercialization training and mentorship, as well as the opportunity to apply for micro-grants, for up to 30 startup teams per year.