Second Annual Pitch competition results

Grand Prize – Spanish Immersion Learning Center

Runner Up – Threads by Gram

Audience Favorite – Shante’s Travel Things

Additional Highlights on LaunchBox Ladies page.


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We offer 5 entrepreneurial programs and dozens of resources that are available free to all PA residents or businesses. Located at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus in Center Valley, we connect Lehigh Valley entrepreneurs to the support, resources, and facilities they need to build a sustainable and scalable business with a viable plan for growth. By centralizing our no-cost services, we help entrepreneurs avoid the common mistakes startups often face and enable them to focus their time on growing their business.


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Our Programs


  • Brainstorm with LaunchBox: One-hour introductory session that offers immediate support for your idea.
  • Idea TestLab: Four-week accelerator course to test your idea, identify your customers and frame your pitch.
  • LaunchBox Ladies: Speaker series hosted by women in business for women in business; events open to all.
  • Masterminds: Monthly seminars for business owners, with timely topics and peer-to-peer networking.
  • Teen Entrepreneur Challenge: One-week residential summer camp for high school students.

Coworking Space

Lehigh Valley LaunchBox microgrant recipients have access to coworking space at Velocity in downtown Allentown.

Find an inviting space to work or book a conference room or training room. You will also find 24-7 access to the building, wi-fi, a kitchenette, and a lounge.

Penn State Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic

Provides a variety of free legal services related to startups.

Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic

Provides entrepreneurs free assistance to determine if they have intellectual property and how to protect it.

news & events

Second Annual LaunchBox Ladies Pitch Competition
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Design Thinking the focus of Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Ladies event
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Entrepreneurs utilize countless innovative strategies to identify needs, tackle issues, and connect with customers. Design thinking is just one approach to creative problem solving and was the focus of the latest Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Ladies speaker...
‘Magical experience’: Christmas City Santa to open Bethlehem store dedicated to ‘all things Christmas’
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A festive retail destination – filled with hand-crafted nutcrackers, Christmas tree ornaments, retired reindeer bells and other yuletide cheer – is coming soon to the Christmas City. Dear Santa, a business offering unique Christmas gifts and decor...

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