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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


Tentative agenda. Subject to change.

Thursday, April 19th

8:00 am – 7:30 pm

General Registration

8:30 – 11:00 am

Millennium Science Complex and LaunchBox Tours

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 - America's Seed Fund - Growing your Startup with SBIR/STTR

2:00 – 2:45 pm

Session #2 - Getting AI and Technology Right in Education Ventures

3:00 – 5:30 pm

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00 – 11:00 pm

Courtesy Shuttles to and from The Penn Stater to Downtown State College

Friday, April 20th

7:00 am – 2:45 pm

Registration & Exhibits Open

7:30 – 9:00 am

Breakfast & Keynote: Fireside Chat with James Franklin, Penn State Football Coach & Wayne Kimmel, Managing Partner, SeventySix Capital

9:00 – 11:00 am

Venture Connection
For pre-selected entrepreneurs & investors

9:00 – 9:45 am

Session #3 - 8 Questions Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know the Answers to
with Brian Slawin of Ben Franklin Technology Partners

10:00 – 10:45 am

Session #4 - Growing PA's Capacity for Life Sciences Startups

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The Corporate Venture Capital Value Proposition Panel

11:00 – 11:45 am

Session #5 - The Secrets of Fundraising for Your Company

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Session #6 - How I Did It - Stories from Experienced Entrepreneurs

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Lunch, Awards Ceremony & Keynote: Nir Eyal, Investor, Entrepreneur and Author

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.

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.

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.

Reserve your room by calling 1-800-233-7505 and referencing the group code VENT18A.

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