Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition

Are you looking for small business startup funding?

Do you have an idea for a small business, but need a leg up? Then pitch your idea to make your dream a reality! The Business Plan Competition* gives you the opportunity to request and earn up to $5,000 in startup funding and free office space.

"Entering the LionLaunch Business Plan Competition gave me the opportunity to organize my dreams and present them to our community. The competition adds credibility and support for my business idea. This encouraging experience will be the foundation to develop my business."

- Cheryl Cresswell
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2018 Business Plan Competition Winner

Penn State Schuylkill's LionLaunch Business Plan Competition is not yet open for spring 2019, but prepare for the next one with our Boot Camp beginning in September 2018! Note: Participants in Penn State Schuylkill's LionLaunch Boot Camp will have their registration fee waived for the Business Plan Competition.

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When will the next Business Plan Competition occur?

We're hosting the next Business Plan Competition on March 21, 2019. As with all of our Business Plan Competitions, we will host a "Practice Pitch" evening for participants so they may fine-tune their proposals for the big day. The next Practice Pitch will occur March 14, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Looking for additional information? Click here to view the Business Plan Competition rules.

*In order to participate, candidates must work, live, go to school, or volunteer in Schuylkill County.

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