It’s a good time to start up.

From accelerator programs, to legal advice, to coworking space, we’re here to help.

If you are a Lehigh Valley entrepreneur with a great idea,  find out how you can compete for a Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox grant at the virtual StartUp Lehigh Valley Event on November 18th!

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
  • Mastermind Program

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 free PSU Legal and Intellectual Property Services
  • Ongoing education and programming
  • Business development resources
  • A safety net of advisors
Key Dates:
  • Application deadline October 28th for Fall 2020 grants to be awarded at StartUp Lehigh Valley on November 18th

Spring 2021 Virtual StartUp Bootcamp

Have a great idea that you want to turn into a scalable business but aren’t sure how to proceed? Join us for our next Lehigh Valley LaunchBox (LVLB) Virtual StartUp Bootcamp and our team of experts will help you build an actionable plan for today’s evolving business climate – for FREE! This exciting 6-week virtual program is hosted via Zoom and includes interactive workshops/breakout sessions and an optional seventh week for individual practice pitch coaching sessions. Send us your email address to receive an announcement for our Spring 2021 bootcamp.
Key Dates:
  • Spring 2021
TBD

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.

LaunchBox Ladies Ongoing Programming

A conversational speaker series focusing on the unique challenges and victories of female entrepreneurs. Using interviews, video, and interactive presentations, invited speakers will share with students and the community their personal experiences running a successful business.

Teen Entrepreneur Challenge

COVID-19 UPDATE: DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, THE SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM: ENGINEERING PUBLIC HEALTH SOLUTIONS WAS OFFERED AS A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE. STAY TUNED FOR SUMMER 2021 DATES.

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
Summer 2021
47
Startups Graduated
$128k+
Awards
750+
LaunchBox Ladies Participants
1.6
Million+ PA Jobs Supported by Retail

news & events

Catching up with Lehigh Valley Launchbox Entrepreneur Udit Garg
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Lehigh Valley LaunchBox (LVLB) periodically checks in with grant recipients to ask how their business or product development is coming along, hear the advice they have for other entrepreneurs, and see how they have benefited from...
Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Grant Recipient, CeCe J’s Snacks opens in Allentown
After more than 20 years of working for large companies, Ceceilia Jackson had the confidence to leave the corporate world and follow her love of chips! Jackson recently opened her own business, Cece J’s Snacks, with the help of Lehigh...
PSU-LV completes first virtual Teen Entrepreneur Challenge
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Penn State Lehigh Valley hosted its fifth annual Teen Entrepreneur Challenge (TEC) summer program, which is an initiative of Lehigh Valley LaunchBox. TEC ran from July 6 to 16, exposing 25 rising sophomore, junior and senior...

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