Keep up-to-date on whats happening in the local community, as well as Altoona’s very own Launchbox.

Local leader commits $1 million to power Altoona innovation hub

June 5, 2018

Penn State and the Invent Penn State initiative are celebrating a $1 million gift from Altoona business leader Lee Hite and his family to support the LaunchBox at Penn State Altoona…

Ben Franklin LaunchLINK: Professional and Personal Elevator Pitches 

Aug 22nd, 2018

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether you are trying to capture the attention of a funding source for your company or a potential employer, you have to do so quickly and in a compelling way. Save the date: Aug. 22nd, 2018 6:00 p.m. Multiple PA  locations; locally at Catlyst Space! Read More here:  

World Entrepreneurs’ Day, celebrated on August 21, 2018

August 21, 2018

World Entrepreneurs’ Day, celebrated on August 21, 2018, was created by the Alliance of International Business Associations ( to create awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation throughout the world. Last year, locally, Startup Alleghenies has registered 211 entrepreneurs, with 142 of them taking the next step of enrolling with a Startup Alleghenies Coach to bring their big ideas to market. Read more here:

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Altoona Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD)
Blair County Chamber of Commerce
Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Catalyst Space
City of Altoona
KIZ Resources
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Penn State Altoona Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology
Penn State Altoona Entrepreneurship Minor
Penn State Law Entrepreneurial Assistance Clinic
St. Francis Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • LaunchBox is a signature program of Invent Penn State, which 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
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