Several LionLaunch events depicted, including the Business Plan Competition winners, the Innovation Hub ribbon-cutting ceremony, etc.

LionLaunch

LionLaunch

About LionLaunch

Established in May 2016, LionLaunch is a community-based entrepreneurship program that provides funding and mentorship to start and grow businesses, as well as a community competition where winners receive startup funding, training and mentorship from industry, faculty and economic development professionals. Open to the whole community, the LionLaunch program also operates an Innovation Hub in Schuylkill Haven, an office space area with amenities like meeting and collaboration space, videoconferencing software, free printing and more.

LionLaunch at Penn State Schuylkill is one of several campus community entrepreneurial initiatives to receive seed grant funding from Invent Penn State, Penn State's Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success.

LionLaunch Program Features

Boot Camp

The LionLaunch Boot Camp is a rigorous six-week program available to both students and local community members seeking insight on how to start or grow a small business.

Business Plan Competition

Do you have an idea for a small business? Pitch your plan and make your dreams a reality! This program gives you the opportunity to request and earn up to $5,000 in funding and free office space.

Innovation Hub

The LionLaunch Innovation Hub is an office space located in Schuylkill Haven. The facility is stocked with all sorts of amenities helpful to budding entrepreneurs. This space is open to the local and campus community.

Let's Do Lunch with the Experts

Let's Do Lunch with the Experts is a new initiative designed to help busy professionals advance their entrepreneurial skills. Join in to hear local experts share their experience, knowledge, and insight regarding a variety of business-related issues. Click here to learn more and register for a lunch!

Now introducing our Comprehensive Business Plan Writing Course!

Our Comprehensive Business Plan Writing Course is a must for aspiring entrepreneurs. Every business, large or small, needs to have a written business plan. Whether you're trying to attract investors or help you flesh out a vision for your small business, a written business plan is a critical asset for entrepreneurs. We're offering this two-day course in fall 2018 and winter 2019. Click here to learn more and register!

Boot to Business | Reboot

Penn State Schuylkill LionLaunch will host an SBA-sponsored training program to help veterans learn how to succeed as a small business owner or entrepreneur. This one-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at the LionLaunch Innovation Hub in downtown Schuylkill Haven. Click here to learn more about this program and how to register.

Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and university-community collaborations to facilitate the challenging process of turning research discoveries into valuable products and services that can benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind. Connect with the initiative at invent.psu.edu. 

Penn State Schuylkill's LionLaunch program is proudly supported by the following community partners:

Logos of all 11 LionLaunch community sponsors

LionLaunch Community Sponsors

Penn State Schuylkill's LionLaunch is proudly sponsored by Schuylkill County's Vision, KPMG, Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, M&T Bank, SCORE, SEDCO, Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Association, Solar Innovations Architectural Glazing Systems, Pottsville Area Development Corporation, PPL, and the Schuylkill County Commissioners.