About

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.
WE OFFER:
  • Business accelerator program
  • Microgrants
  • Business advice and mentorship
  • Legal and intellectual property services
  • Coworking space
Meet the LaunchBox Team
Pam Kiser

Business Development Assistant

Kiser earned a master of library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a bachelor of arts in American history and secondary education from Cedar Crest College. She previously served as an administrative support assistant for Academic Advising and Career Services at Penn State Lehigh Valley and as administrative support assistant at Penn State Extension Lehigh County.
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.