Berks Schuylkill SCORE | Meet Laura Hoppes with Lion Launch

Berks Schuylkill SCORE | Meet Laura Hoppes with Lion Launch

What is Lion Launch? Let’s find out more with Laura Hoppes, Lion Launch Coordinator. Laura shared with us about this brand new entrepreneurial initiative being held at the Schuylkill Campus of Penn State. The Program is open to the community as well as Penn State students and staff. The first phase of Lion Launch is a ten-week Bootcamp entitled How to Start or Grow your Business. Some of the subjects provided in the ten week session include: human resources, marketing, social media, and insurance, to mention a few.

Following the bootcamp, those participating move into creating a business plan for a four to five week period:

Phase II is a business competition. Penn State has earmarked $50,000 to help businesses earn money to build their business. The business competition will be open to the public as well as those in Lion Launch. It will be a shark tank type presentation with money presented to the top three winners.

Phase III will be the incubator program providing businesses with a location to not only work on their business but to have administrative assistance as well as provide a means for networking and mentoring their business.


SCORE has been very instrumental in implementing Phase I of the program by helping to create the curriculum and provide the speakers for the Bootcamp. Laura sees the SCORE mentors becoming a key role in Phase II and III.

The most exciting fact is that Lion Launch has the potential of helping more than 75 businesses get involved in the community with its three year commitment to the Schuylkill county area. Some of the businesses that are in the initial class include a winery, medical device, and online businesses. Listen to more of our story on SCORE, the Best Kept Secret and learn about how we are impacting other small business owners through mentoring and training.

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