It’s a good time to start up.

From accelerator programs, to legal advice, to coworking space, we’re here to help.
For entrepreneurs
Located at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus in Center Valley, we are the hub connecting 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.
WE OFFER:
  • Business accelerator program
  • Microgrants
  • Coworking space
  • Legal and intellectual property services
  • Business advice and mentorship

Accelerator & Microgrant Program

Lehigh Valley Launchbox (LVLB) is an early-stage business accelerator program for entrepreneurs. It propels business concepts into startup companies with:
  • Microgrants awarded annually
  • Free coworking space in downtown Allentown
  • Access to PSU Legal and Intellectual Property Services
  • Ongoing education and programming
  • Business development resources
  • A safety net of advisors
Key Dates:
  • Stay tuned for information on the application period for the 2020 round of microgrants

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 Law 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.

Dickinson Law’s “Inside Entrepreneurship Law” Blog

INSIDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAW blog provides information on relevant topics for entrepreneurs and their counsel.

Ongoing Programming

Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Ladies Speaker Series

A conversational event series focusing on the unique challenges an victories of female entrepreneurs. Using interviews, video and interactive presentations, guests will share with students and the public their personal experiences running a successful business.

NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL (NtNN)

This series showcases women entrepreneurs from various business segments across the Lehigh Valley who will share their stories of the challenges they are facing due to the coronavirus and how they are pivoting their business to create their new normal. As with all of our LaunchBox Ladies programs, you will be inspired by these dynamic women and their ability to innovate! For this program, Ashley Russo, President of ASR Media Productions will lead the discussion along with a panel of three women entrepreneurs from various small business across the Lehigh Valley. We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting new program - stay well!
Key Dates:
  • NtNN: Professional Services
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
  • NtNN: Health Care & Wellness
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
  • NtNN: Higher Education
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Teen Entrepreneur Challenge

COVID-19 UPDATE: DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, THIS SUMMER PROGRAM FOR TEENS WILL BE OFFERED AS A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE. JOIN US FOR THE 2020 TEEN ENTREPRENEUR CHALLENGE: ENGINEERING PUBLIC HEALTH SOLUTIONS.

Our Teen Entrepreneur Challenge (TEC) empowers rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to be successful business owners.
  • Learn key strategies for starting a business and developing an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Programming at Penn State Lehigh Valley and the Perkiomen School, with field trips to area businesses for real-world experiences
  • Housing at the Perkiomen School in air-conditioned dorms and use of the Innovation Center for 3D virtual reality, additive manufacturing, computer design, and rapid prototyping
  • Camp culminates in a “Shark Tank” style team pitch competition to a panel of judges
  • Receive a 50 percent discount on transferable college credits for camp participation through the optional dual-enrollment program (not offered for 2020 virtual program)
Key Dates:
  • Program takes place
July 6 - 16, 2020

The Council for Retail and Sales

Formed to be the leading authority on issues facing the retail and sales industries, the Council for Retail and Sales (CRS) facilitates the needs of businesses on the movement of goods and services to end users by developing students, academics and professionals, and educating organizations on how best to meet their sales goals.

Meet the Experts Speaker Series

Each event in this speaker series addresses an important topic in the retail and sales professions and features a panel of subject matter experts.
47
Startups Graduated
$128k+
Awards
750+
LaunchBox Ladies Participants
1.6
Million+ PA Jobs Supported by Retail

news & events

‘LaunchBox Ladies’: Female entrepreneurs to share personal journeys June 6
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 Thursday, June 6. This event "toasts" three of the female Lehigh Valley...
Penn State Lehigh Valley announces 2019 Teen Entrepreneur Challenge
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Creative collaboration fuels innovation, and the Teen Entrepreneur Challenge (TEC) is poised to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. Offered by Penn State Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, and Perkiomen School, the 10-day summer camp is...
Meet the Experts event focuses on the changing landscape of the food industry
The Council for Retail and Sales (CRS) held its first Meet the Experts event at Factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on April 25. This first event focused on the "Changing Landscape of the Food Industry" and featured a panel of experts from various...

Tools for Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Industry

Our Navigators are built with you in mind. See what Penn State has to offer.

Resource Navigator

The Resource Navigator showcases entrepreneurship and innovation resources in Penn State University communities across Pennsylvania.

IP Navigator

The Intellectual Property Navigator is a showcase of Penn State University’s intellectual property available for licensing.

Startup Navigator

The Startup Navigator is a showcase of startups with Penn State DNA.