Ends on February 15, 2019

Summer Founders Program 

The Summer Founders program gives Penn State teams $10,000 to work  on their startup, social good, or non-profit idea for the summer. The program, in partnership with Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, also provides mentorship and resources to help entrepreneurs to scale their new ventures.


  • At least one co-founder on the team must be a Penn State student in good standing.
  • Students from all Penn State campuses and student scheduled to graduate May 2019 are eligible.
  • Founders must commit to working full-time on their venture in State College, PA for the duration of the program - May 15th through Aug 7th. Founders can not have part-time or full-time jobs/internships, or be signed up for in-residence or online classes.

Benefits of participation:

  • Teams have 24×7 access to the LaunchBox facility and space in one of our team rooms, with free Wi-Fi, coffee, and printing.
  • Participants may be eligible to receive an additional $3,000 to support customer discovery and travel expenses through Invent Penn State NSF I-Corps Site program.
  • Participants have access to mentors and other entrepreneurs to grow their network and accelerate their new venture.
  • Participants meet with other founders, local business leaders, and experts weekly over dinner to discuss their current challenges, share successes, and learn from each other.

Key dates:

  • Applications close: Feb 15th at midnight
  • Team interviews: Feb 25th-26th, teams will be notified via email by Feb 21st if they have been extended an interview
  • Teams selected and notified: Feb 27th
  • Kickoff team dinner: March 19th, 5:30 - 7:30 at Happy Valley LaunchBox
  • Weekly team dinners: May 15th through July 31st  
  • Startup Showcase Event: Aug 7th 


Lee Erickson

Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox, powered by PNC Bank