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Venture & IP

April 19 & 20, 2018

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

Moving Innovative Ideas to Market

Following an extraordinary debut in 2016, the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference will return in Spring of 2018.

The inaugural conference showcased over 90 start-up ventures—14 from our own Penn State community—that represented high growth and emerging markets including IT, Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Healthcare, B2B and B2C, among others. The 2018 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.

Eric Barron
President, Penn State University

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 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 our our Entrepreneur Nomination form.

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

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.

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 a room block available at the Penn Stater available on Wednesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 19th.

When booking at thepennstaterhotel.psu.edu, use the group code VENT18A. You can also reserve your room by calling 1-800-233-7505 and referencing the group code.

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