Turn your concept into cash!
Pitch your ideas and compete for $1,500 in prizes!
Do you want to...
• Learn how to start a business?
• Earn money?
• Be a problem solver?
• Explore your passions?
• Engage your community?
• Act on ideas?
Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors
July 7 to August 11
Pitch competition held on August 11
To ensure the safety of participants and instructors during the global pandemic, this year's summer camp will be held via Zoom.
Free to attend!
This camp is funded by local businesses.
Due to limited space, spots will be awarded to 15 students based their response to the following question: “Passion may be one of the most important characteristics of entrepreneurs. What are you most passionate about?"
The Penn State Hazleton LaunchBox has teamed up with the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress and other members of The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (ThInC) to offer an engaging six-week summer program designed to inspire youth with the skills and mindset needed to transform ideas into action.
During this program, participating teams and individuals will: explore their passions and identify problems in the community, discover personal strengths and limitations, develop business ideas, and learn how to articulate and act on them.
About Hazleton LaunchBox:
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.
Learn more about services offered by the LaunchBox at https://hazleton.launchbox.psu.edu