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Wednesday, March 24 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Flipping the Script – Funding Alternatives for your Startup

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Matt Brezina is one of Penn State’s most successful tech alumni entrepreneurs. Growing up in State College, Matt knew from a young age that he wanted to start his own company. Starting with childhood business ventures, Matt learned early on that working for himself gave him the satisfaction to both love his work and make a living by his own rules.

At Penn State, Matt took advantage of the college experience, excelling inside and out of the classroom. A Schreyer Honors College and College of Engineering graduate, Matt went on to graduate school and eventually moved across the country to Silicon Valley where Matt’s entrepreneurial interests turned into multi-million-dollar companies, including Xobni and Sincerely.

Matt’s story, like most entrepreneurs, is full of twists and turns, highs and lows. Despite it all, he figured out how to traverse rocky Silicon Valley terrain to secure funding for his various ventures. During this keynote event, learn more about how Matt has gone from seeking funding to being an investor as he talks about non-traditional funding alternatives that any startup can take advantage of.

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Leonardo Girlando

Majors: Finance and Chinese; Minor: Information Systems Management, Happy Valley Capital President
Due to his distinctive intercultural background, Leonardo has developed a global mindset that allowed him to craft a persona that maximizes opportunities. Leo intends to graduate from the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Finance and B.A... Read More →
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Jeanette Miller

Director, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT) Major and Associate Director, Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University Park

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Matt Brezina '03

Founder & General Partner, Ford Street Ventures
Matt is a twice-exited founder of Xobni (acq Yahoo) and Sincerely (acq FTD). Matt is an investor in over 80 startups including Dropbox, Ring, Cruise, Snapdocs, Tonal and JUMP.

Wednesday March 24, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT