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Penn State Altoona offers a Business Bootcamp each year that is open to entrepreneurs in all stages of development. The camp provides resources and education to help turn ideas into successful businesses.

The nine-week class helps entrepreneurs become business-ready by giving free professional support. Weekly speakers include Randy Tarpey, CPA, Ben Yeager, Esq., and Tom Seasoltz.

At the conclusion of the fall 2019 Business Bootcamp, class members participated in a 240 Pitch Contest. Participants were allowed four minutes to pitch their business concept in a Shark Tank environment to a panel of three judges, utilizing the skills and resources they gained throughout the bootcamp. The two participants who shared finalist honors were Neil Giosiosa of Last 44 Farm and Krutik Patel of Koin Keepr.  The Last 44 Farm will provide a variety of heritage breed poultry and livestock as well as seasonal, organic produce. Koin Keepr is an idea Patel has to provide an easier and more convenient round-up service like Acorn but for cash transactions.  All participants received valuable feedback from the judges’ panel on how to move forward with their business ideas and plans.

Please complete the form below if you would like to receive information on programs offered throughout the year and to be contacted for our next Business Bootcamp.

Contact Paul Cooney at or 814-949-5332 for more information.

The Business Bootcamp is presented by the Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family and is part of the Invent Penn State initiative.

Learn More:

1309 11th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601


Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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 University 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