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Robert Beaury

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Lion Launchpad

The Lion Launchpad is a new business incubator developed with the help of the E-SHIP minor. The Lion Launchpad is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting start-up businesses in the Centre County region.

Each year, the board of directors selects businesses to become members of the Lion Launchpad team, based on interviews and a review of business plans. The Lion Launchpad is headquartered in downtown State College. Member businesses have access to office space, equipment, and technology for free or at a very reasonable rate. They also receive start-up funding, and are supported by a number of mentors.

The Lion Launchpad is a 501(c)3 organization, making it a seperate entity from Penn State and the E-SHIP program. However, the goal of the Launchpad is to encourage student-run businesses. Any fledgling business can apply to be a Launchpad member, as long as at least one person on the team is a Penn State student.

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