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Venture & IP Conference

October 3 & 4, 2019

The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center

Moving Innovative Ideas to Market

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference will return in Fall of 2019.

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference is one of the largest tech startup conferences in the Mid-Atlantic - drawing over 600 attendees including 70+ start-up ventures and 40+ investment firms from across the country. The conference highlights innovations from high growth and emerging markets including IT, Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Healthcare, B2B and B2C, among others. The 2019 conference is expected to be an even bigger draw. We can’t wait to introduce you to these remarkable trailblazers and to celebrate the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that we embrace at Penn State. Please join us.

Agenda

Tentative agenda. Subject to change.

Thursday, October 3rd

8:00 am – 7:30 pm

General Registration

9:00 – 10:30 am

Tours
Option 1: College of Agricultural Science VIP Tour
Option 2: Happy Valley LaunchBox and 3 Dots Tour Tours buses will depart from the main lobby entrance desk of the Penn Stater.

11:00 am

Exhibits Open

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Luncheon
Keynote: Dr. Eric J. Barron, President of Penn State
Penn State Student Startup Showcase

Dr Eric J Barron

Dr. Eric J. Barron

Penn State

12:45 – 3:00 pm

Venture Connection
For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors

12:45 – 1:45 pm

Session 1: Advancing Diversity through Tech-Enabled Ventures


Moderator

Laura Freedman

Laura Freedman

UBS



Panelists

Pryia Amin

Priya Amin

Flexable




Rachel Herder

Rachel Herder

Intellectual Property Clinic,
Penn State Law



Ellen Saksen

Ellen Saksen

Go Jane Go



Teresa Whalen

Teresa Whalen

CytoAgents


2:00 – 2:45 pm

Session 2: Unicorns vs Zebras: Alternatives to the Traditional Venture Capital Model

Panelists


Aniyia Williams

Aniyia Williams

Black & Brown Founders




Coordinator


James Delattre

James Delattre

Penn State University

3:00 – 5:30 pm

5:30 – 11:00 pm

Courtesy Shuttles to and from The Penn Stater to Reception

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Off-Site Reception

Friday, October 4th

7:00 am – 2:45 pm

Registration & Exhibits Open

7:30 – 8:45 am

Breakfast & Keynote: Anna Mason, Revolutions Rise of the Rest Seed Fund


Anna Mason

Anna Mason

Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund

9:00 – 11:00 am

Venture Connection
For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors

9:00 – 9:45 am

Session 3: Understanding the Venture Capital Investor


Moderator

Jonathan Moyer

Jonathan Moyer

Reed Smith




Panelists

Derek Bowen

Derek Bowen

Blackfynn, Inc.




Anna Mason

Anna Mason

Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund




Matt Rhodes

Matt Rhodes

1855 Capital




Taylor Whitman

Taylor Whitman

Concord Health Partners

10:00 – 10:45 am

Session 4: Tales from The Road: The Entrepreneurs Perspective on Raising Money


Moderator

Matthew Weinbaum

Matthew Weinbaum

Cohen & Grigsby




Panelists

Fred Marroni

Fred Marroni

INDIGO Biosciences




Maureen Mulvihill

Maureen Mulvihill

Actuated Medical, Inc.




Hunter Swisher

Hunter Swisher

Phospholutions, Inc.




Steve Welles

Steve Welles

Ikos

10:45 – 11:30 am

Session 5: IP 101 – What Every Start-up Needs to Know About IP Protection


Moderator

Matthew Frederick

Matthew Frederick

Reed Smith LLP




Panelists

Dennis Butler

Dennis Butler

Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP




Rachel Herder

Rachel Herder

Intellectual Property Clinic,
Penn State Law



Karen Keller

Karen Keller

Shaw Keller LLP


11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Session 6: Venture Capital 101


Moderator

Tom Sharbaugh

Tom Sharbaugh

Penn State Law




Panelists

Lou Berneman

Lou Berneman

OUP




Coordinator


James Delattre

James Delattre

Penn State University

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Session 7: The Art & Science of the Deal - Getting Funded Now


Moderator

Harl Lubert

Harl Lubert

Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic





Panelists

Beth Cohen

Beth Cohen

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld




Chris Hastings

Chris Hastings

DCS Advisory

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Lunch, Awards Ceremony & Keynote: Bruce Booth, Atlas Ventures


Bruce Booth

Bruce Booth

Atlas Venture

Venture Connection is the event at the center of the Penn State VIP. In this exciting format, investors will host tables to meet with groups of entrepreneurs that have been matched with them based on capital needs, industry and other key criteria. Each session will be broken into 20 minute segments giving each investor the chance to meet with up to 36 capital-seeking, well-screened entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs do not need to be Penn State affiliated but must apply to participate in Venture Connection. These applications are then reviewed by our Selection Committee to ensure that Venture Connection will be a quality showcase of promising technology ventures.

Entrepreneurs will be given time to give an elevator pitch to the investors. Investors will then share more about what they look for in prospects and discuss their respective funds and investment strategies. If there is a connection, private one-on-one meetings can be scheduled.

If you are an entrepreneur interested in participating in Venture Connection please fill out our Entrepreneur Application. If you know an entrepreneur who you think should participate please fill out our Entrepreneur Nomination form.

Accredited investors interested in participating in Venture Connection can register free of charge at the following link: www.pennstatevip.com/register?type=investor

If you have any further questions about participating in Venture Connection, please contact us at: information@pennstatevip.com | (814) 753-4235.

Penn State's Tech Tournament is a showcase of disruptive techologies and early stage companies born of Penn State's robust and diverse reserach enterprise.

The path a brilliant idea must travel from discovery to commercialization is often circuitous, with many challenges along the way.

The innovators featured in this tournament courageously have begun their journey toward commercialization with a passion for moving their ideas into the marketplace to solve a real world problem.

Join us, at the Tech Tournament, we hope you find opportunities for leadership, commercialization partnership and support that will help these innovators along their path.

Accommodations

We have a room block available at the Penn Stater available on Wednesday, October 2nd and Thursday, October 3rd.

Reserve your room by calling (800)-233-7505 and referencing the group code VENT19A.

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