Students sought for Hazleton LaunchBox Teen Entrepreneurship Challenge

HAZLETON, Pa. – Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. is seeking the next generation of innovators for its upcoming Teen Entrepreneurship Challenge beginning Tuesday, June 29.

The seven-week program -- open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors -- will be held at the LaunchBox, 13 W. Broad St., Hazleton, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is offered at no cost thanks to support from local businesses. 

The program is designed to teach students teamwork, problem solving and key strategies for launching a product or startup. This session will also incorporate use of the LaunchBox’s Makerspace, a resource for the creation of business and product concepts.

The challenge culminates in the pitch competition on Aug. 19. Participants will pitch their product or startup idea before a panel of judges, with $1,000 awarded to the first-place finisher and $500 awarded to the runner-up.

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For more information, contact Entrepreneurship Education Coordinator William Andahazy at [email protected], Entrepreneurship Facilitator Fermin Diaz at [email protected], or call the Penn State Hazleton Continuing Education office at 570-450-3136.

About Hazleton LaunchBox: 
Located at 13 W. Broad St. in Hazleton, Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. provides early-stage startups with support and resources they need to build a sustainable and scalable business and a viable plan for growth. 

No-cost programs and services include co-working space, accelerator programs, free legal and intellectual property advice, and expert mentorships from Penn State's extensive network. The LaunchBox is open to everyone — community members and those affiliated with Penn State. Hazleton LaunchBox is a signature program of the Invent Penn State initiative and one of 21 innovation hubs located in Penn State campus communities across Pennsylvania. 

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