Mont Alto LaunchBox Sets Workshops For Business Start-ups

Mont Alto LaunchBox Sets Workshops For Business Start-ups

MONT ALTO (Oct. 19) — Area entrepreneurs looking to start a new business can look to a local college for help. Penn State Mont Alto’s LaunchBox Entrepreneurship Workshops provide inspiration and education for business start-ups.

LaunchBox provides free services and assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs and business startups.

During fall 2019, LaunchBox is offering free workshops. Participants can register to attend at montalto.psu.edu/launchbox/workshops.

Purposeful Marketing Workshop

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On Oct. 31, Kim Crider, Optavia independent certified health coach and Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board chair, will present “Purposeful Marketing,” from 6 to 7 p.m., at 40 North Second St. In Chambersburg.

Kim Crider

Participants will learn how to create a step-by-step marketing plan to ramp up sales without breaking their wallet.

Fall Entrepreneurship Forum

Happy Valley LaunchBox Chief Amplifier Lee Erickson will lead Penn State student entrepreneurs Jack Quinn and Joe Kitonga in a panel discussion. They will describe their business ideas and plans and how they are launching them into the marketplace.

On Nov. 20, the Mont Alto LaunchBox will host its Fall Entrepreneurship Forum as part of Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. The forum takes place from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. in the Wiestling Student Center on the University’s campus.

Quinn is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Economics. He is a co-founder and software engineer at loancrunch. The mobile software platform gives students and graduates the ability to navigate, manage, and pay student loans from one place.

It simplifies the student loan process by building a custom, goal-oriented plan to pay off debt. With a platform to navigate, understand, and repay student loans in one place, students can avoid costly mistakes and earn loyalty rewards from popular brands.

Joe Kitonga is a senior, majoring in Computer Engineering. He is the founder of Vitable Health, which offers local Philadelphia residents on-demand urgent care in their homes.

The company sends a board-certified nurse practitioner to a patient’s home within an hour of request or at a scheduled time. The fee is a fraction of the cost of retail clinics and urgent care centers.

3rd Annual Micro-grant Pitch Competition

In addition to workshops, the Mont Alto LaunchBox is accepting proposals for its third annual micro-grant pitch competition, LION Tank™ next year.

The competition will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on March 11, 2020 in the General Studies Building Auditorium on the University’s campus.

The LION Tank™ Competition is a “Shark-tank-like” event where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. The top two competitors get mini-grants of $1,000 to $1,500. They will also get one year’s access to the Mont Alto LaunchBox facility and receive additional services to help launch their products into the marketplace.

The deadline to submit proposals is Feb. 28, 2020. To submit a proposal, go to montalto.psu.edu/launchbox/apply.

About LaunchBox

Mont Alto LaunchBox provides resources and support to entrepreneurs in a free co-working space. The idea is to help early-stage and more advanced startups build a sustainable and scalable business and a viable plan for growth. It is open to the Penn State community and the general public.

LaunchBox is a signature program of Invent Penn State, an initiative meant to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. Find out more at invent.psu.edu.

For more information about the workshops, contact Debra Collins at [email protected] or 717-749-6112.

More about the Mont Alto LaunchBox is available at montalto.psu.edu/launchbox and Invent Penn State at invent.psu.edu.

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