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Venture & IP Conference

April 15 & 16, 2021

Online @ pennstatevip.com

Information for PSU Employees & Students

Moving Innovative Ideas to Market

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference will return on April 15 & 16, 2021.

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference is one of the largest tech startup conferences in the Mid-Atlantic - drawing over 800 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 2021 conference is expected to be an even bigger draw then past years. We can’t wait to introduce you to these remarkable trailblazers and to celebrate the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that is embraced at Penn State.

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

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Interested in Sponsoring for 2021?

Contact Micah Whitfield at micah@pennstatevip.com or (814) 753-4235

We are a small Midwest Private Equity firm, so we are quite selective in deciding which events to attend. When we do attend, we appreciate a tight organization, optimal use of space and impeccable investor arrangements. The IPSVIP is one such event, and one we’re looking forward to in 2021.
Patrick Morand of Open Prairie Ventures, Inc.


Tentative; Subject to change.

April 15th

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Welcome & Penn State's Student Startup Showcase
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
12:45 pm - 1:35 pm
Session #1 - Investing in Rural & Heartland America
1:45 pm - 2:35 pm
Session #2 - The State of Venture and Growth Capital in the COVID-19 Era
4:30 pm - 5:20 pm
Session #3 - Life Science Ventures Addressing COVID-19
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Virtual Entertainment & Happy Hour

April 16th

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Morning Announcements & Session #4 - Deconstruct Status Quo Thinking to Drive Innovation in Your Company
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Session #5 - IP 101 - What Every Startup Needs to Know about IP Protection
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Keynote Speaker, Awards Announcements & Closing Remarks
This event is worth attending in every respect, involving many entrepreneurs worthy of investment, drawn from both the local community and beyond. This is a great opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers, plus top notch keynote speakers.
Jocelyne O. McGeever of Technology Assessment International

Venture Connection is the event at the center of the Penn State Venture & IP Conference. This event features investors hosting virtual breakout rooms to meet with entrepreneurs that have been matched with them based on capital needs, industry and other key criteria. Sessions are broken into segments giving each investor the chance to meet with up to a dozen 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.

As a first- time attendee, I appreciated the opportunity to meet so many companies.
Alessandro Gubbini of SOUNDFLAIR

Penn State's Tech Tournament is a showcase of disruptive techologies and early stage companies born of Penn State's robust and diverse research enterprise.

The path to brilliant ideas must travel from discovery to commercialization is often circuitous, with many challenges along the way.

The innovators featured in this tournament courageous will have begun their journey toward commercialization with a passion for moving their ideas into the marketplace to solve real world problems.

Join us, at the Tech Tournament, where you will find opportunities for leadership, commercialization partnership and support that will help these innovators along their path.

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