The Mont Alto LaunchBox ― one of 21 innovation hubs in the Commonwealth ― is part of Invent Penn State, a broader Penn State initiative to promote entrepreneurship and innovation across the Commonwealth.
The idea is to offer free services to entrepreneurs in communities around the Commonwealth to help them start and grow businesses that will drive economic development in their communities. Services include legal and patent advice, co-working space, mentorship to help de-risk and accelerate startups, entrepreneur development workshops, and connection to micro-grants and other resources. The Mont Alto LaunchBox opened in early 2018.
The Mont Alto LaunchBox will provide inspiration and education for entrepreneurs with workshops, panel discussions, and events throughout the year. This year we are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 16-22, 2020 with two events. See information on all our fall events below.
- November 17: Nurturing your new business: things to pay attention to as you get started. Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn, 11:30 a.m. Virtual event presented via Zoom; click here to view.
- November 19: The Mont Alto LaunchBox Fall Forum, 12:20 pm to 1:10pm (via Zoom). Happy Valley LaunchBox Chief Amplifier Lee Erickson will lead a panel discussion of Penn State student entrepreneurs as they describe their business ideas and plans and how they are launching them into the marketplace. Watch a recording of the forum online here.
In 2021, we will start off the year with a valuable business finance workshop in January, to be followed by more high-value workshops throughout spring. In April, we will celebrate Start-Up Week with a panel disucssion on what it takes to launch a business idea into the marketplace.
Mont Alto LaunchBox LION Tank™
The fourth Annual LION Tank Competition will be held in March 2021.