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Information for Penn State Employees and Students

About the Conference

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference [PSVIP] connects the Penn State community with investors, entrepreneurs, industry and researchers from across the country. The two-day conference matches investor-selected startup companies with venture capital firms, highlights disruptive technological innovations from across the nation, showcases Penn State intellectual property and provides educational tracks for entrepreneurs of all levels of experience.

Conference Registration

The PSVIP will be held on October 3 - 4, 2019 at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center in State College, PA. Registration is required for all attendees due to space limitations. The conference has sold out in past years, so we highly recommend registering before August 1, 2019. Click here to return to the registration page.

Complimentary Registrations

To encourage broad access and participation across Penn State’s administrative and academic units, two complimentary registrations have been provided to each member of the Penn State Academic Leadership Council (ALC). ALC members include Deans of Colleges, Chancellors of Commonwealth Campuses, and select unit leaders and administrators from across the University. These complimentary registrations, communicated to ALC members and their administrative support personnel via email on June 6, 2019, are transferable to any faculty, staff, student or administrator in the unit at the discretion of the unit leader. A directory of ALC members is linked here.

Accommodations

While the conference organizers are not able to provide complimentary accommodations, a discounted room block is available for the nights of Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3, 2019. The room block expires on August 1, 2019 per Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center policy. Room blocks are not available for Friday, October 4 or Saturday, October 5 due to high demand for rooms during Homecoming Weekend.

Faculty, Researcher, Staff and Graduate Student Participation

Faculty, researchers, staff and graduate students may be designated by their unit’s ALC leader as recipients of one or both complimentary registrations. Faculty, administrators and graduate students can also register as attendees at the normal rate. There is not a reduced rate for Penn State employees beyond the complimentary registrations provided to each unit. There are, however, multiple other ways that faculty, researchers or graduate students can participate in the PSVIP.

Penn State Tech Tournament. Penn State faculty, researchers, staff and graduate students selected for the Penn State Tech Tournament will be provided complimentary registration to the PSVIP. This fast-paced competition will feature the best & brightest of Penn State's early-stage innovators. This event will showcase exciting & innovative intellectual property coming out of Penn State's research enterprise. Commercialization grants (with a $75,000 grand prize) will be awarded to select faculty, research staff or graduate students with aspirations to start a new venture to move their innovation into the marketplace. Please contact Jim Pietropaolo at jvp11@psu.edu prior to July 1, 2019 to nominate a faculty or graduate student innovation for participation in the Penn State Tech Tournament. Note: Undergraduate students are not eligible for the Tech Tournament, but should explore other opportunities, described below.

Penn State Innovation Guide. Faculty and graduate students with groundbreaking intellectual property available for licensing have an opportunity to submit their innovation for publication in the conference Innovation Guide. Submissions are due by July 1, 2019. The Top 40 Innovations, as selected by the Office of Technology Management, will be published in the Guide. Selected inventors are not required to attend the conference but are welcome to register. Please contact your technology licensing officer if you are interested in having your innovation showcased in the Innovation Guide.

Venture Connection. Penn State faculty with a startup company are welcome to apply to the Venture Connection session of the PSVIP. Selected companies will connect with investors face to face to pitch their startups Investors host tables and meet with rotating small groups of entrepreneurs who have been pre-screened and matched with them based on capital needs, industry and other key criteria. Tables rotate every twenty minutes, giving startup founders the opportunity to meet with numerous investors within a few hours. Applications for entrepreneurs are open at www.pennstatevip.com.

Logistics Committee Volunteers. With supervisor approval, Penn State employees willing to assist with logistics for 8 hours during the conference will be given a free registration and meals. There are limited slots for the Logistics Committee, which will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Penn State employees interested in volunteering for the Logistics Committee should email Executive Director Kelly Szejko at kelly@pennstatevip.com with their name, phone number & campus.

Student Participation

Penn State undergraduate students may be designated by their unit’s ALC leader as recipients of one or both complimentary registrations. In addition, there are multiple ways that Penn State students can participate in the PSVIP; participation or selection in any of the channels below does not preclude participation in another; i.e., a student is eligible to participate in multiple tracks below.

Inc.U Student Startup Competition. Students selected as finalists for the Inc.U. Student Startup Competition will have an opportunity to give a 1-minute pitch at the PSVIP. Finalists will be provided a complimentary registration and accommodations as needed. Applications for Inc.U are now closed. Please visit the Inc.U website to apply for future competitions at penntap.psu.edu/innovation/incu

Venture Connection. Penn State student founders are welcome to apply to present at the Venture Connection session of the PSVIP. Selected companies will connect with investors face to face to pitch their startups. Investors host tables and meet with rotating small groups of entrepreneurs who have been pre-screened and matched with them based on capital needs, industry and other key criteria. Tables rotate every twenty minutes, giving startup founders the opportunity to meet with numerous investors within a few hours. Applications for entrepreneurs are open at www.pennstatevip.com.

Logistics Committee Volunteers. Students willing to volunteer for 8 hours during the conference will be given a free registration and meals. There are limited slots for the Logistics Committee, which will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Students interested in volunteering for the Logistics Committee should email Executive Director Kelly Szejko at kelly@pennstatevip.com with their name, phone number & campus.