Never Stop Dreaming

Our passion is helping early stage entrepreneurs take the first step in building the business they've always dreamed about.
For entrepreneurs
The Great Valley LaunchBox's mission is to help early-stage entrepreneurs turn good ideas into great businesses. We inspire, advise and educate startups and founders with a collaborative community of peers, mentorship and professional resources.
  • Early Stage Advisory and Mentorship
  • Educational and Inspirational Events
  • Coworking Space
  • Legal and intellectual property services
  • Maker Space

Interested in early stage advisory services?

Business Advisory & Mentoring

We’re here to help. Whether you are looking for ongoing guidance, a session or two to get some general guidance or interested in learning more about starting your business, we’re ready to help.

Community Events

The Great Valley LaunchBox offers many different types of events. From our annual Lion Cage pitch competition and StartUp Weekends to our Founder Speaker series and Technical Events you will find a like-minded community at the Great Valley LaunchBox

Coworking Space

In the newly opened Knowledge Commons there is plenty of space to work. There are plenty of open work areas for individuals or small groups as well as break out rooms that can be reserved by visiting the reception desk. There is even a self service cafe right in the Commons.

Maker Space

As part of the Penn State Great Valley REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, this state-of-the-art facility is equipped and software, such as multiple 3D printers, Waterjet machining center, HAAS CNC Milling Machine, a laser engraver, and other shop tools.

Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic

Provides a variety of free legal services related to startups.

Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic

Provides entrepreneurs free assistance to determine if they have intellectual property and how to protect it.

Pitch Competitions
Funding Awarded
Entrepreneurs Assisted
Speaker Series Events

news & events

Penn State Great Valley Announces Great Valley LaunchBox
Penn State Great Valley is expanding its entrepreneurial outreach with the new Great Valley LaunchBox program. Great Valley joins multiple other Penn State campuses with LaunchBox programs, which are funded by Invent Penn State, a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic...
Lion Cage pitch competition winner aiming to reduce rotator cuff re-tear rates
-originally posted on Penn State Great Valley - Even before he won first place in Penn State Great Valley’s third annual Lion Cage pitch competition, offered through the campus' REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, Aevumed founder and CEO Saif Khalil had unique ties...
Local entrepreneur brings birds’ sounds inside through passion project
-originally posted on Penn State Great Valley news- More than a decade ago, Bloomsburg University graduate Wayne Frick was struck with an idea for an invention, an idea that always lingered in his mind. He enjoyed listening to the sound...
Meet the LaunchBox Team
Leo Daiuto

Program Director & Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Leo is an active community entrepreneur and newly appointed director of the Great Valley LaunchBox. He has over 15 years of real-world experience starting and building companies as well as over 25 years of solving complex problems with Fortune 100 companies.
Doug Schumer PhD

Faculty Director

Doug is a professor of engineering design at Penn State Great Valley and brings over 20 years of industry experience in the medical device and innovation field to the Great Valley LaunchBox.
Kendra Michna

Staff Support

Kendra is a Penn State graduate and helps keeps the LaunchBox running smoothly. She is involved in many campus initiatives and makes sure everything happening is going according to plan.
Becky Stanko

Marketing and Events

Becky is a member of the Conference Planning Services team at Penn State at the Navy Yard. She manages the LaunchBox’s social media and email outreach as well as supporting LaunchBox virtual events. She is an enthusiastic campus citizen, and is always looking for ways to support Penn State Great Valley.
Dennis Wozniak

Engineering Lab and Maker Space Manager

Dennis is the Engineering Lab Manager at Penn State Great Valley and works with students in the engineering program, local community entrepreneurs as well as LaunchBox companies.

Get Involved

Learn how you can support the Great Valley LaunchBox and become a patron. Contact Erica McLeod to learn more!
Want to become a mentor or speak at an event? Reach out to discuss!

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