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

8:30 - 11:00 am
Tour Millennium Science Complex and LaunchBox
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Registration & Exhibits Open
Doors open at 10:45 am
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Opening Luncheon
Featuring Speaker:

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

Round #1
12:45 - 1:45 pm
Session 1: Penn State Energy Institute/Energy Innovation Panel
1:45 - 2:00 pm
2:00 - 2:45 pm
Session 2: Penn State Materials Research Institute/Advanced Materials Innovation Panel
3:00 - 5:30 pm
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Cocktail Reception
7:15 - 9:00 pm
Courtesy Shuttles to and from Penn Stater to Downtown State College

October 7th

7:00 am - 2:45 pm
Registration & Exhibits Open
7:30 – 9:00 am
Featuring Keynote Speaker:
9:00 – 11:00 am

Round #2
9:00 - 9:45 am
Session 3: VC 101 with Louis Berneman & Matt Cohen
10:00 - 10:45 pm
Session 4: The ABC's of Raising Capital Panel
  • Chris Hastings - Signal Hill
  • Allan Cohen - Bessor Pharma, LLC/Private Consultant & Corporate Attorney
  • Matt Mohn - Reed Smith LLP
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
11:00 - 11:45 am
Session 5: Med Tech Venture Capital - An Inside Look with John Runnells & Bob Capretto
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Session 6: Keys to Becoming a Successful Networker and Entrepreneur with Wayne Kimmel
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Lunch & Awards Ceremony
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.

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 our our Entrepreneur Nomination form.

Finally, if you are an accredited investor who would like to participate 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 from $139/night. You can book your room on their website (using the group code) or by calling the number below.
Group Code: UNIJ16A

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.

A verification email has been sent to please visit the link in that email to be added to our mailing list.
You are already on our mailing list. If you don't think you are receiving Penn State VIP emails please contact our offices: | (814) 753-4235


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