news & events

What is the FastTrack Accelerator all about?

If you're looking to launch a business check out FastTrack Accelerator info sessions. We are holding a number of information sessions for you to ask questions, meet the coaches, and figure out if the FastTrack program is right for you. OCT 7th, 5 p.m. @ Hub Lounges: Come visit us at the Hub as part of the blueStart Startup Market. OCT 20th, 12 - 1 p.m. via Zoom Jump on a Zoom to ask questions. OCT 27th, 6 - 7 p.m. @ LaunchBox Come ask questions, see the space, and meet other startups thinking about the program. Can you give...

Matching interns to startups via the SEDTAPP ENtern program

Partnerships to build startups. So much of what we do is providing support and resources to our startups. And, we can't do that without partners in our ecosystem. So, we're excited about the partnership between the College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional programs (SEDTAPP) and Happy Valley LaunchBox. Ted Graef, over in SEDTAP (also a LaunchBox advisor and experienced entrepreneur himself) created the entrepreneurship internship (ENtern) program which pairs students in the intercollege entrepreneurship and innovation minor with startup companies participating in the FastTrack Accelerator or the Summer Founders program. Startups get an ENtern for 20...

Our new building opens in October.

A six-story, state-of-the-art, multi-use home for innovation in downtown State College is scheduled to open Oct. 2021. Located on South Burrowes Street, this will be the new home for the Happy Valley LaunchBox. We’ll still be offering open, no-cost co-working along with all our programs and events. The space has a 4000 sq ft state-of-the-art makerspace, a 3D printing lab, and a mixed reality lab for virtual and augmented reality projects. All open to the public. We hope you come check it out and stay for a while.

Get $15,000 to work on your venture over the summer

$15K grant, mentors, and free software. If you have a startup that you’re ready to build or grow, check out the Summer Founders program. Startups have access to: Weekly virtual meetings and 1-on-1 coaching sessions A network of 80+ advisors Up to $4,500 in additional funding for customer discovery and market tests Free server credits, SolidWorks, and a 1-year POWr subscription valued at over $8000 Applications open until Feb 14th. Startups with at least 1 current Penn State founder are eligible to apply– that includes students who are graduating this May and students from World Campus. You can use the grant to cover living...

Summer Founder startup bringing STEM to young women

Penn State startup encourages interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. We were excited to see the Girls Code the World startup, alumni of our Summer Founders program, spotlighted by Penn State News. The non-profit, started by Sydney Gibbard (Penn State) and Mina Shokoufandeh (Tufts Univeristy), has been working with schools and organizations to provide resources, opportunities, and role models to you girls through a series of programs and extended mentorship. Empowering girls through specialized curriculum and virtual workshops. Key to helping young women become leaders in STEM fields, is providing hands-on experiences across a variety of different STEM-related themes. As participants in our...