For Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Mont Alto LaunchBox is an entrepreneurial space, connecting regional entrepreneurs and small business owners to resources to build sustainable and scalable businesses.

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LION Tank™ Pitch Competition - March 22

LION Tank is an annual event, which resembles the popular television show “Shark Tank,”  and gives competitors a chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. This exciting event is held at the Mont Alto campus and virtually, via Zoom.


Idea TestLab Virtual Accelerator Program

This no-cost, 5-week program helps you figure out if you can turn your idea into a viable business. Work with our coaches to better define the problem you are trying to solve, your target market, and how your startup solution will provide value.


Mont Alto LaunchBox holds professional and personal development workshops and events for local innovators and entrepreneurs at no cost.

No-Cost Legal Business Resources

The Penn State Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic provides a variety of free legal services to startups looking to start a company in Pennsylvania.

No-Cost Intellectual Property Resources

The Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic provides entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania free assistance to determine if they have intellectual property and how to protect it.

news & events

Applications open through March 1 for the sixth annual LION Tank competition
MONT ALTO, Pa. – Entrepreneurial spirits have a chance to shine once again as Penn State Mont Alto hosts its sixth annual LION Tank competition at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. LION Tank is an annual pitch competition hosted...
Penn State LaunchBoxes accepting applications for winter 2023 Idea TestLab
LaunchBoxes at Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State York join forces to support entrepreneurs MONT ALTO, Pa. — Entrepreneurs will have a chance to test out their ideas at the winter 2023 Idea TestLab, sponsored by the Mont Alto...
Penn State Berks student wins first prize at 2022 Mont Alto LaunchBox LION Tank™
Penn State student Nathan Bonslaver won first place during the 2022 LION Tank™ pitch competition for his startup CarToCamp, which manufactures custom sleeping platforms for vehicles to enhance the car-camping experience. LION Tank, which is staged by the Mont Alto LaunchBox,...
Invent Penn State LaunchBoxes announce winners of 2022 Idea TestLab
The Penn State Mont Alto, Harrisburg and York LaunchBoxes recently announced the winners of their regional Idea TestLab final pitch competition. The competition concluded a five-week-long virtual business idea accelerator during which eight selected startups received coaching and training to...

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