In the best interest of our students, employees, and local community, the Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. has transitioned to remote interactions until further notice. The LaunchBox continues to host virtual events and our staff remains available to help clients with their entrepreneurial needs by phone and online.
Please contact Education Entrepreneurship Coordinator William Andahazy at 570-450-3135 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment.
Who we are
Located at 13 W. Broad St. in Hazleton, the Hazleton LaunchBox is a no-cost startup accelerator and co-working space designed to provide early-stage startup companies with the support and resources needed to build a sustainable business and a viable plan for growth. It is open to community members and those affiliated with Penn State.
LaunchBox is a signature program of the Invent Penn State Initiative, a commonwealth-wide system to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. It is a $30 million initiative to generate economic development, create jobs and drive student career success. The initiative, launched by Penn State President Eric Barron in 2015, redefines the University’s land-grant mission to include entrepreneurship and innovation programs, including the development of “innovation hubs” in Penn State Commonwealth Campus communities across the state.
Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and University-community collaborations to facilitate the process of turning ideas into viable products and services.
The Hazleton LaunchBox is a collaboration with community partners including the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, CAN DO, CAN BE, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Hispanic Business Professionals and other groups through the Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC).
Sponsors of the LaunchBox include PPL, Wells Fargo, Mid Penn Bank/Miner’s Bank, First National Bank, Luzerne Bank, FNCB Bank, Landmark Community Bank, Community Bank, N.A. and DHD Realty.