What is Lehigh Valley LaunchBox?

Lehigh Valley LaunchBox (LVLB) is an early-stage business accelerator program for entrepreneurs. It propels business concepts into startup companies with: microgrants awarded twice yearly; business development resources; ongoing education and programming; access to Penn State University legal clinic services; a safety net of advisors; and free coworking space.

As a signature program of Invent Penn State, LVLB partners with a network of community and university partners to offer continuing support to small business owners and guides them through every step of their startup journey.

There are two microgrant award cycles each year—Spring and Fall—and an abundance of resources available to LVLB grant recipients.

All Lehigh Valley community members and Penn State alumni, faculty, staff, and students who have a scalable business idea are welcome to apply for an accelerator award.

Our mission is to be the “hub” that connects local entrepreneurs to the support, resources, and facilities they need to build a sustainable and scalable business with a viable plan for growth.

Learn How You Can Support LVLB
Lehigh Valley LaunchBox relies on grants and private support to sustain its awards. Individuals can contribute to this effort and invest in the economic growth of your community. Giving opportunities are also available to support LaunchBox Ladies, the Council for Retail and Sales, and the Teen Entrepreneur Challenge.
  • Business accelerator program
  • Microgrants
  • Business advice and mentorship
  • Legal and intellectual property services
  • Coworking space
Meet the LaunchBox Team
Annette Durnack

Director of Business Development

Annette has over 25 years of experience building and leading successful sales and marketing teams largely in the energy industry, including previous experience working with business incubator facilities. She has a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Janel A. Hanna

Business Development Assistant

Janel earned her Bachelors of Science from Portland State University. She has over 15 years of small business entrepreneurial background and over 8 years of guest teaching and curriculum intervention.
Donna Reed

Business Partner Liason

Reed earned an MBA from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Florida Institute of Technology. She spent over 20 years in the Transportation and Publishing industries on the leading edge of the Pricing and Analytics function.
Elaine Thode

Program Coordinator

Thode earned an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University, as well as a bachelor of science in marketing and management with a focus in fashion merchandising from the University of Delaware.
LaunchBox Startups
Our startup teams represent a wide range of industries and stages.