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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

General Registration

9:00 – 10:30 am

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

Keynote: Dr. Eric J. Barron, President of Penn State
Inc.U Student Startup Pitch

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

2:00 – 2:45 pm

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

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

9:00 – 11:00 am

Venture Connection
For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors

9:00 – 9:45 am

Session 3: Understanding the Venture Capital Investor

10:00 – 10:45 am

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

11:00 – 11:45 am

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

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Session 6: Venture Capital 101

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

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

12:30 – 2:30 pm

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

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.


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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