Students sought for Hazleton LaunchBox virtual entrepreneurship challenge

HAZLETON, Pa. — The Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. is seeking the next generation of innovators for its virtual Teen Entrepreneurship Challenge beginning Tuesday. Feb. 2.

The seven-week program, open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, will be held remotely via Zoom from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is offered at no cost thanks to support from local businesses.

The program is designed to teach students key strategies for launching a product or startup, how to identify and solve problems, and how to work together as a team.

The challenge culminates on March 25 with a competition where students pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance at winning up to $1,500 in prizes.

Register before Jan. 27 by visiting this link.

For more information, call 570-450-3135 or email Entrepreneurship Education Coordinator William Andahazy at, or Entrepreneurial Facilitator Fermin Diaz at

About the Hazleton LaunchBox

Located at 13 W. Broad St. in Hazleton, the Hazleton LaunchBox is a no-cost startup accelerator and co-working space designed to provide early-stage startup companies with the support and resources needed to build a sustainable business and a viable plan for growth. 

The LaunchBox is a signature program of the Invent Penn State initiative, a commonwealth-wide system to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. The initiative, launched by Penn State President Eric Barron in 2015, redefines the University’s land-grant mission to include entrepreneurship and innovation programs, including the development of “innovation hubs” in Penn State Commonwealth Campus communities across the state.

Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and University-community collaborations to facilitate the process of turning ideas into viable products and services.

Last Updated January 08, 2021