Six startups graduate from Happy Valley LaunchBox

State College, Centre County, Pa. - Happy Valley LaunchBox in State College kicked off graduation season Wednesday. 

Six startups graduated from the program after going through a 10-week accelerator program. 

The LaunchBox acts as a foundation for entrepreneurs to keep their talents in Happy Valley. 

Participants, ranging from Penn State students, faculty, and community members, gave two-minute pitches to the community. 

This makes the fourth class to graduate from the LaunchBox since its inception in 2016. 

Lee Erickson, chief amplifier of Happy Valley LaunchBox, said college is a great time to start a business because of the energy and available resources around them. 

"A lot of college students have debt and number of things that they can't just drop everything and do it," Erickson said, "but if we can give them the entrepreneurial mindset and some of the tools they can either do that now if that's within their ability to do, or they can take that knowledge with them and do it at a later time." 

Erickson said 26 programs have graduated from the Happy Valley LaunchBox, establishing 13 full-time positions and 90 intern positions in the community. 

 


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