Venture & IP Conference

October 6 & 7, 2016

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

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6th & 7th

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel


Invent Penn State is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative -- the first ever Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference. The goal of this exciting new event is to bring together promising technology companies from across the country with investors seeking ground floor investment opportunities.

This event is not exclusive to the Penn State community; it is designed for anyone with an interest in innovation, investments and economic development.


Tentative Agenda - Subject to Change

October 6th

Doors open at 8:00 am

8:30 - 11:00 am
Tour Millennium Science Complex and LaunchBox
Trolley pick-up at Lobby entrance
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
Registration 1
9:00 - 11:00 am
Penn State - Dreamit EdTech Network Customer Immersion
Room 207
11:00 am
Exhibits Open
Deans Hall & Foyer adjacent to Senate Suites
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Opening Luncheon
Presidents Hall 3 & 4
Featuring Speaker:

Inc.U Student Startup Pitch
12:45 - 3:00 pm

Round #1
Presidents Hall 1 & 2
12:45 - 1:45 pm
Session 1: Penn State Energy Institute/Energy Innovation Panel
Room 106
1:45 - 2:00 pm
2:00 - 2:45 pm
Session 2: Penn State Materials Research Institute/Advanced Materials Innovation Panel
Room 108
3:00 - 5:30 pm

Presidents Hall 3 & 4
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Cocktail Reception
West Terrace, Senate Suites 2 & 3
7:00 - 11:00 pm
Courtesy Shuttles to and from Penn Stater to Downtown State College
Trolley stops/pick-ups: Penn Stater Lobby entrance & downtown. Last downtown trolley return is at 11:00 pm.

October 7th

7:00 am - 2:45 pm
Registration 1
Deans Hall
Penn State Partnership Meetings
Senate Suite 1
7:30 – 9:00 am
Presidents Hall 3 & 4
Featuring Keynote Speaker:
9:00 – 11:00 am

Round #2
Presidents Hall 1 & 2
9:00 - 9:45 am
Session 3: VC 101 with Louis Berneman of Osage University Partners & Matt Cohen of Osage University Partners
Room 106
10:00 - 10:45 pm
Session 4: The ABC's of Raising Capital Panel
Room 108
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Presidents Hall 3 & 4
11:00 - 11:45 am
Session 5: Med Tech Venture Capital - An Inside Look with John Runnells of the Vertical Group & Bob Capretto of Oak Hill Holdings LLC
Room 106
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Session 6: Keys to Becoming a Successful Networker and Entrepreneur with Wayne Kimmel of SeventySix Capital
Room 108
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Lunch & Awards Ceremony
Presidents Hall 2, 3 & 4
Featuring Keynote Speaker:

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 must apply to participate in Venture Connection. These applications are then review 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.

Accredited investors intrested in participating in Venture Connection can register at the following link:

If you have any further questions about participating in Venture Connection, please contact our Executive Director, Kelly Szejko at | (412) 228-5885.

From our group of Venture Connection entrepreneurs a select few will also be asked to participate in our company pitch competition Startup Showdown. The companies featured in Startup Showdown will have a few minutes to present their company to our Lion's Den of investors. The pride will then determine who among the participants has the best pitch and award cash prizes.

To be considered for Startup Showdown you must first fill out the Entrepreneur Application for Venture Connection.

This dynamic and fast-paced competition will feature the best & brightest of Penn State's early-stage innovators. This event will be the best opportunity to learn about all the exciting & innovative IP coming out of Penn State's research enterprise.


We have arranged a block of rooms at the Penn Stater Hotel for the evenings of October 5th & 6th. You can book your room on their website or by calling the number below.

Thank you to our Sponsors

This is Just
the Start!

We're excited about the first ever Penn State Venture & IP Conference. If you're interested in getting involved or serving on a committee please contact our Executive Director, Kelly Szejko at | (412) 228-5885. You can also Join our Mailing List by entering your email in the box below.

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