PA Innovation Hubs

Innovation Hubs Across the Commonwealth

The Invent Penn State seed grant program provides campuses with $50,000 grants for three consecutive years to launch or enhance entrepreneurial centers. The impact of these grants is far reaching, with 21 Penn State undergraduate campus communities offering coworking space, accelerators, legal and IP advice and rapid prototyping resources—all free to the community—that will drive innovation and economic growth.

Abington LaunchBox Penn State Abington

As a unique partnership based on a collaboration among the arts, technology, and business, the Abington Launchbox has assisted more than three dozen entrepreneurs since its founding, with both for-profit and non-profit ventures, in the “Creative Economy” and beyond. Facilitating collaborations among faculty, students, and members of the local community, our Innovation Hub features a maker space and an innovator-in-residence.

Contact: ntb102@psu.edu

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Altoona LaunchBox Penn State Altoona

Assisting in the transformation of innovative ideas into sustainable businesses for community members, students, and faculty.

Contact: djb36@psu.edu

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Beaver Valley LaunchBox Penn State Beaver

The Beaver Valley innovation hub harnesses higher education resources to fuel creative endeavors in and around Beaver County, from after-school arts to student entrepreneurship to small-business development.

Contact: jsc310@psu.edu

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Brandywine Boost Penn State Brandywine

Providing small business owners and early-stage startups training and support to bolster their operational success.

Contact: wjt10@psu.edu

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Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Penn State Harrisburg

Promoting innovations in manufacturing, technology and health care by providing entrepreneurship courses, consultation services and links to capital investment.

Contact: yih101@psu.edu

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Community Innovation Partnership Penn State Greater Allegheny

Encouraging industry expansion and new investment, while providing an incubator for emerging businesses, training for the local workforce and outreach to the community.

Contact: jxe117@psu.edu

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Corner LaunchBox Penn State New Kensington

A unique model melding entrepreneurship, incubation, coworking space and community-driven economic development to revitalize the city of New Kensington.

Contact: crc26@psu.edu

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DuBois LaunchBox and Innovation Collaborative Penn State Dubois

Supporting manufacturing competitiveness and workforce needs, growing and attracting talented innovators and entrepreneurs, and creating the new high-knowledge, high-technology businesses for the region.

Contact: msm355@psu.edu

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Fayette LaunchBox Penn State Fayette

A premier start-up and business accelerator facility providing entrepreneurial resources and activities including a flexible lab, light manufacturing, event and co-working space, pitch competitions, microgrants and 3D printing for product prototyping.

Contact: wcp13@psu.edu

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Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank Penn State University Park

A no-cost business accelerator program with business, legal and intellectual property advice and co-working space for entrepreneurial teams with a scalable business concept. Happy Valley LaunchBox has supported 100s of entrepreneurs, graduated 31 startups and hosted more than 100 events.

Contact: Launchbox@psu.edu

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Hazleton LaunchBox Penn State Hazleton

Our goal is to provide entrepreneurs and innovators coworking space, accelerator programs, mentorship and business startup support.

Contact: gml13@psu.edu

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Innovation Commons Penn State Erie Behrend

Utilizing student skills, faculty expertise, and open collaboration to circumvent barriers to entrepreneurship, invention, product design, prototyping and business development.

Contact: jakemarsh@psu.edu

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Langan LaunchBox Penn State Berks

Enhancing community and industry relationships by utilizing entrepreneurship to accelerate business development in medical and health sectors while providing resources to encourage entrepreneurship among our students and across diverse minority populations in our region.

Contact: lrw6@psu.edu

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Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Penn State Lehigh Valley

A small-business accelerator program propelling concepts into reality and advancing startups to win their first customers or early investors. We award microgrants to early-stage entrepreneurs, sponsor a speaker series dedicated to female entrepreneurs and encourage young entrepreneurs with a two-week summer camp challenge.

Contact: vlp19@psu.edu

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LionLaunch Penn State Schuylkill

Providing support and seed funding to encourage local entrepreneurs to develop new businesses or products.

Contact: sca31@psu.edu

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Mont Alto LaunchBox Penn State Mont Alto

Providing resources, support and free co-working space to help early-stage and more advanced startups build a sustainable and scalable business and a viable plan for growth.

Contact: fka3@psu.edu

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REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship Penn State Great Valley

Engaging and encouraging Penn State students, faculty, and community members to generate innovative, commercially-viable solutions to address existing and emerging business and social needs, and supporting entrepreneurial efforts that serve the Philadelphia region.

Contact: ctm16@psu.edu

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Scranton LaunchBox Penn State Worthington-Scranton

Providing educational and technical support for aspiring entrepreneurs and facilitating networking opportunities for faculty, professionals and students who are passionate about building a vibrant community in downtown Scranton and the surrounding area.

Contact: jcd15@psu.edu

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Think Center and WIlkes Barre Connect Penn State Wilkes-Barre

A 6,000 square foot co-working space, theater and media hall with “Connect” programs where students and entrepreneurs can meet, work, learn, train, develop and pitch their business ideas.

Contact: rco3@psu.edu

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VenturePointe Penn State Shenango

A startup incubator contributing to local economic development by providing guidance, mentorship and support to Penn State Shenango students and recent alumni interested in beginning a new entrepreneurial venture. Also offering a pathway for students from high school to college through collaboration with the eAcademy at LindenPointe.

Contact: egi100@psu.edu

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York LaunchBox Penn State York

A startup accelerator program, co-working space and design thinking workshops nested in Working Class, a maker space with a suite of metal, wood, and glass fabrication equipment, tools and resources to help Penn State York faculty and students, as well as community makers and entrepreneurs accelerate their ideas.

Contact: bhd5@psu.edu

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FREE services available through all innovation hubs

Legal & Patent Advice Entity formation, equity agreements, IP assessment

• Business Advice Accounting, marketing, regulatory requirements

• Accelerator Programs Customer discovery, minimum viable products, business model canvas, design thinking

• Co-working Space Free hot desk space & wi-fi