In accordance with Penn State, the NCPA LaunchBox will be operating remotely until further notice.

Thank you for being flexible given the circumstance our world is facing and working together to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community.

If you are working with our staff or one of our partners, please reach out to your contacts directly.

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Penn State DuBois Continuing and Community Education is also available to assist regional businesses.

It’s a good time to start up.

From accelerator programs, to legal advice, to co-working space, we're here to help.

Supporting manufacturing competitiveness and workforce needs,
growing and attracting talented innovators and entrepreneurs,
and creating new high-knowledge, high-technology businesses in the region.

Hack for Impact, Powering the Community through Collaboration

Hack for Impact

STUDENTS: Innovate. Collaborate. Learn. (and get the chance to earn prizes!) Want to have a voice in how student life and experiences can be enhanced now and in the future? Want to see what it feels like to make a pitch like you see on Shark Tank? Register to take part in this one-of-a-kind virtual hack-a-thon where YOU get to use creativity, collaboration, problem solving and other skills to create ideas to enhance YOUR student experience.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners Big Idea Contest

Big Idea Contest

You don’t need to be a historic inventor, scientist, or a statesman to have the next big idea. Ben Franklin’s Big Idea Contest is ready for tech-entrepreneurs or small manufacturers who are developing innovative, new products, processes, or software application to pitch their ideas at the finale!
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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

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.

Campus Connections

Campus Connections offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus, located in the Swift Building.

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.

Dickinson Law’s “Inside Entrepreneurship Law” Blog

INSIDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAW blog provides information on relevant topics for entrepreneurs and their counsel.

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news & events

TechCelerator program offers up to $10,000 for tech-business ideas
DuBOIS, Pa. — Partnering with the North Central PA LaunchBox, Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @DuBois, is inviting emerging entrepreneurs, students, professors, small businesses, and the general public from across the region to apply to the next 10-week Business Startup Boot Camp....
Lanich, Conklin Winners of BIG Idea Competition
DuBOIS, PA - Joe Lanich with Laughing Owl Press, of Kane, PA, who is developing software that brings digital convenience to high-end letterpress printed products took first place in the BIG Idea Competition following presentations by the eight finalists to...
Mengle Foundation commits $15,000 to support North Central PA LaunchBox
DUBOIS, Pa. — The Glenn and Ruth Mengle Foundation of St. Marys, Pennsylvania, has made a $15,000 gift to support the North Central PA LaunchBox Powered by Penn State DuBois. These funds will be used to enhance the downtown LaunchBox...

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