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Lehman, Raffeinner, and Treaster win tabletop challenge for the NCPA LaunchBox Idea Lab
DuBois, PA – Innovation is all about finding solutions and this tabletop challenge was no different. Located in the Swift building on the Penn State DuBois campus is a student gathering area containing round tables with openings in them, previously...
The North Central PA LaunchBox welcomed guests for the official grand opening
DUBOIS, Pa., - The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois celebrated the official grand opening, almost three years after being established as a regional center for entrepreneurship and economic growth. “Given the significance of the LaunchBox mission,...
March 17 LaunchBox event to provide overview of $50,000 BIG Idea Contest
DuBOIS, Pa. – The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois will host an informational event on this year’s BIG Idea Contest, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at the LaunchBox Event Center, 2 E....
NCPA LaunchBox helps bring Beaver Commons to life at DuBois Area High School
DuBOIS, Pa. – A job recently completed by the North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois has helped to further the LaunchBox mission of community development and partnership.  A wall covering measuring 19 feet long and nearly 6...
Advanced 3-D scanning expands NCPA LaunchBox services for industry, startups
DuBOIS, Pa. – The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois continues to add tools to its state-of-the-art lineup of technology aimed at developing area business and industry. The latest piece of equipment available for use by industry partners...
Farmers National Bank supports LaunchBox with $50,000 endowment
DuBOIS, Pa. – With the economic prosperity of the people in their communities a priority, the Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, Pennsylvania, has pledged $50,000 to create the Farmers National Bank Endowment in support of the North Central PA LaunchBox...
$50,000 BIG Idea Contest accepting applications for business ideas in PA Wilds
DuBOIS, Pa. — The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois, part of the Invent Penn State initiative, has once again joined with Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, and other economic development leaders...
Endowment for North Central PA LaunchBox named in honor of Chancellor McBride
DuBOIS, Pa. — Celebrating the vision and leadership of former chancellor M. Scott McBride in his mission to bring the Invent Penn State initiative to Penn State DuBois, the M. Scott McBride Endowment in Support of the North Central PA LaunchBox has...
North Central PA LaunchBox, Idea Lab, advancing innovation one stitch at a time
DUBOIS, Pa. – Using state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois continues to expand the services offered to businesses and individuals throughout the region. Demonstrating the ability to reach almost any industry, one of the...
At North Central PA LaunchBox, collaboration reignites region
This article is part of a series celebrating the five-year anniversary of Invent Penn State’s LaunchBox and Innovation Hub Network. Learn more here. DuBOIS, Pa. — Located in the renovated Old Deposit Bank Building on East Long Avenue in DuBois, North Central...
LaunchBox unveils Idea Lab, prototyping program with advanced 3D printers
DuBOIS, Pa, - Local manufacturers, students and entrepreneurs now have an opportunity to produce prototypes and reengineered parts utilizing the advanced additive manufacturing equipment now located at Penn State DuBois. The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois,...
David and Deborah Ross establish endowment for North Central PA LaunchBox
DuBOIS, Pa. — Longtime campus supporters David and Deborah Ross have established a new endowment that will support efforts of the North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois. The Dr. David S. and Deborah M. Ross LaunchBox Endowment...
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Technical Training Center

The North Central PA LaunchBox and Penn State DuBois offer customized corporate training programs developed and facilitated by subject matter experts who are highly credentialed in their fields. Courses include:
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Die Setter Training Program
  • Fracture and Failure Analysis
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Supervision Essentials Series
Business

Invest in our Shared Future

The sustainability of the North Central PA LaunchBox relies on the contributions of alumni, friends, and community leaders who see the potential for our campus to serve as a launching point for students and entrepreneurs. For a limited time, the University is offering a one-to-one match for gifts of $25,000 or more to establish a named endowment directed toward the North Central PA LaunchBox—doubling your gift and doubling your support for generations to come. Now is the perfect time for community members who share our entrepreneurial vision to invest in our own region’s future. An individual donor or company that commits a single gift or pledge commitment of $1 million to fully endow the North Central PA LaunchBox will receive the University match and will be offered LaunchBox naming rights. Program deadline: June 30, 2022, or until $1 million in matching funds have been awarded, whichever happens first.

Co-working Space

Our no-cost co-working space is open to the public:

Mon-Fri from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Whether a startup company or an established business, North Central PA LaunchBox provides access to a co-working space, located in DuBois, to allow for collaboration and the advancement of ideas and initiatives.

Idea Lab

The Idea Lab offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to utilize various levels of 3D printers and a commercial vinyl printer to create prototypes, marketing materials, and so much more.

The Idea Lab is located in the Swift Building.

Learn to use the 3-D printers with Rapid Prototyping Classes for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 can be found here.

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.

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