Berks LaunchBox announces its final pitch winners – Reading Eagle

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Berks LaunchBox recently announced the winners of its most recent Idea TestLab accelerator final pitch competition.
The final competition marked the end of a six-week business idea accelerator.  Six startup companies were selected to receive coaching throughout the six-weeks — coaching that tested their business ideas through customer discovery, according to a press release.
Throughout the program, the entrepreneurs met with potential customers, identified their target audience and value proposition, and created their pitches. The Idea TestLab concluded with the pitch competition during which teams competed for seed funding to continue their business development.
CataPalloVR, a web-based learning modules program that helps address service gaps for young adults with autism, received $500 in seed funding. The startup produces educational virtual reality content to teach independent living and life skills. It was started by Kryn McClain, who in 2017 co-founded Paragon Behavioral Health Services with Paulina Colonna. Headquartered in Wyomissing, Paragon has offices in Ephrata and Olean, N.Y.
Natural Skincare, a skin care line made from ethically sourced beeswax and plant-based ingredients, received $300 in seed funding. The company was started by Porsche Davis-Taylor.
Multi-Pet Feeding Station, an adjustable pet feeding station startup started by Joe Strauss, and Don’t Quit Branding, a visual branding company focused on helping small urban businesses started by Theron Cook, tied for third place and each received $100 in seed funding.
Judges for the competition included Erika Swift, operations director for Penn State’s College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Innovation; Jobany Bedoya, owner of Diversity Mixers and Red Tie Affairs LLC; and Adrean Turner, author, coach and adjunct professor of business at Alvernia and Widener universities.
Berks LaunchBox provides support for entrepreneurs and business startups. An innovation hub of Penn State Berks, LaunchBox connects entrepreneurs with the support, resources and facilities they need to help them as they build their businesses.
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The LaunchBox offers no-cost coworking space, use of 3D printers and other equipment, as well as business development classes, access to mentors and experts and pitch competitions.
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