Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox, Penn State University
Lee Erickson, PhD is the Director of the Happy Valley LaunchBox, Penn State’s downtown accelerator and co-working space. As Director, Lee runs the 10-week accelerator program and provides business advice to University and community startups. Unique to the program is the incorporation of design thinking sprints and methods to drive innovative solutions that solve real problems.
Lee brings 30 years of experience in design and user experience to her worked at the LaunchBox. As an instructional designer in the mid 1980’s, she worked on some of the first software programs for early-childhood education. As the owner of her own consulting company, she designed and developed online and computer-based training for clients such as GE Information Services, the FDIC, Health and Human Services, and the FAA. In 1998, she co-founded Erickson Barnett (EB), a full-service marketing agency specializing in B2B technology marketing, one of the first internet marketing companies in the Washington, D.C. area. At EB, she worked with 100’s of tech-based startups, as well as some of the largest venture capital firms in the world.