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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.


Tentative agenda. Subject to change.

Thursday, October 3rd

8:00 am – 7:30 pm Registration 1
General Registration
9:00 – 11:00 am
Option 1: College of Agricultural Science VIP Tour
Option 2: Happy Valley LaunchBox and 3 Dots Tour Tour buses will depart from the Main Lobby/Check-in Desk Entrance, departure time is 9:00am and return is 11:00 am.
11:00 am
Deans Hall, Presidents Hall 1 & Conference Lobby
Exhibits Open
11:00 – 12:30 pm
Presidents Hall 2, 3, & 4
Keynote Dr. Eric J. Barron Penn State
Penn State Student Startup Showcase
12:40 – 3:00 pm
2nd Floor - Rooms 204 to 208
Venture Connection
For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors
12:45 – 1:45 pm
Room 106
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Room 108
Session 2: Unicorns vs Zebras: Alternatives to the Traditional Venture Capital Model
Speaker Aniyia Williams Black & Brown Founders
3:00 – 5:30 pm
Presidents Hall 2, 3, & 4
Tech Tournament
5:30 – 11:00 pm
Courtesy Shuttles to and from The Penn Stater to Reception
Shuttles will load at the Main Lobby/Hotel Check-In Entrance. Returning from downtown, shuttle pick-up will be located adjacent to the Federal Taphouse. Both shuttles will run every half hour.
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Federal Taphouse
Off-Site Reception
Federal Taphouse
8:30 – 10:30 pm
Federal Taphouse
After Party
Sponsored by:
Fox Rothschild LLP Steel Bridge Labs

Friday, October 4th

7:00 am – 2:45 pm
Registration & Exhibits Open
7:30 – 8:45 am
Presidents Hall 2, 3, & 4
9:00 – 11:00 am
2nd Floor - Rooms 204 to 208
Venture Connection
For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors
9:00 – 9:45 am
Room 106
10:00 – 10:45 am
Room 108
10:45 – 11:30 am
Room 106
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Room 108
Session 6: Venture Capital 101
Moderator Tom Sharbaugh Penn State Law
Panelist Lou Berneman OUP
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Room 106
Session 7: The Art & Science of the Deal - Getting Funded Now
Moderator Howard Lubert Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic
Panelists Beth Cohen Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld
Chris Hastings DCS Advisory
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Presidents Hall 2, 3, & 4
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.


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.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

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