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Monday, March 8
 

12:00am EST

Start.Me.Up Sign Up Deadline
Sign up by Monday, March 8 if you’re interested in participating in the challenge. Signing up gets you a guaranteed invite to a virtual information sessions with each of the three clients. Sign up is not a condition of participation. Students that do not sign up can still submit a project for client review and be selected as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place winner.

The Start.Me.Up Mini-Challenge lets student show off their creative chops and build their resume while working with real companies on real projects. Compete with other students to deliver on a real need of a local company. Think of it like a freelance gig, but with prizes. Learn more about the challenge.

Speakers
OY

Office Yum, LLC

Office Yum is the virtual cafeteria for companies in rural areas without on-site food service or affordable local delivery options. Our partnership with local restaurants keeps costs down for employees ordering food, and is, on average, 88% less costly for employers than building... Read More →
PS

Penn State Student Farm

The Sustainable Food Systems Program includes the Student Farm at Penn State, the Student Farm Club, the Food Systems minor, community food system partnerships, and course-client collaborations. Through our multi-faceted programs, we provide diverse opportunities for engagement with... Read More →


Monday March 8, 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm EST

6:00pm EST

Start.Me.Up Virtual Information Session
Want to learn more about the three projects you can work on as part of the Start.Me.Up Mini-Challenge? Attend the client information session to get the inside scoop. Access the event here: https://psu.zoom.us/j/97927955849

The Start.Me.Up Mini-Challenge lets student show off their creative chops and build their resume while working with real companies on real projects. Compete with other students to deliver on a real need of a local company. Think of it like a freelance gig, but with prizes. Learn more about the challenge.

Speakers
OY

Office Yum, LLC

Office Yum is the virtual cafeteria for companies in rural areas without on-site food service or affordable local delivery options. Our partnership with local restaurants keeps costs down for employees ordering food, and is, on average, 88% less costly for employers than building... Read More →
PS

Penn State Student Farm

The Sustainable Food Systems Program includes the Student Farm at Penn State, the Student Farm Club, the Food Systems minor, community food system partnerships, and course-client collaborations. Through our multi-faceted programs, we provide diverse opportunities for engagement with... Read More →


Monday March 8, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Zoom
 
Monday, March 15
 

9:00am EDT

Start.Me.Up Office Hours
Students looking to get a leg-up on the competition can sign up for office hours to receive feedback on their project. Meetings will be set up with the Happy Valley LaunchBox team to get real-time feedback to implement prior to project submission.

The Start.Me.Up Mini-Challenge lets student show off their creative chops and build their resume while working with real companies on real projects. Compete with other students to deliver on a real need of a local company. Think of it like a freelance gig, but with prizes. Learn more about the challenge.

Speakers
OY

Office Yum, LLC

Office Yum is the virtual cafeteria for companies in rural areas without on-site food service or affordable local delivery options. Our partnership with local restaurants keeps costs down for employees ordering food, and is, on average, 88% less costly for employers than building... Read More →
PS

Penn State Student Farm

The Sustainable Food Systems Program includes the Student Farm at Penn State, the Student Farm Club, the Food Systems minor, community food system partnerships, and course-client collaborations. Through our multi-faceted programs, we provide diverse opportunities for engagement with... Read More →


Monday March 15, 2021 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, March 18
 

6:00pm EDT

Happy Valley Capital (Startup Week) Spring 2021 Pitch Competition
Happy Valley Capital will be hosting a premiere pitch competition where five PSU student-run startups go head-to-head to compete for prizes up to $12,000 – sponsored by the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition, there will be a Q&A session open to all students for networking with our esteemed judge panel.


You can view the event here: https://psu.zoom.us/j/97748772826?pwd=RDYyM2RJWlVBcWdCYWtzUUV1WVlvUT09, passcode: HVCSWSPC!.

This event is sponsored by Happy Valley Capital and the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Thursday March 18, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, March 19
 

12:00am EDT

Start.Me.Up Challenge Deadline
Event Description: The gig is up! Submit your work by 11:59 pm for your chance to win $$.

  • Click here to submit your work for Argolytics.
  • Click here to submit your work for the Student Farm at Penn State.
  • Click here to submit your work for Office Yum.

The Start.Me.Up Mini-Challenge lets student show off their creative chops and build their resume while working with real companies on real projects. Compete with other students to deliver on a real need of a local company. Think of it like a freelance gig, but with prizes. Learn more about the challenge.

Speakers
OY

Office Yum, LLC

Office Yum is the virtual cafeteria for companies in rural areas without on-site food service or affordable local delivery options. Our partnership with local restaurants keeps costs down for employees ordering food, and is, on average, 88% less costly for employers than building... Read More →
PS

Penn State Student Farm

The Sustainable Food Systems Program includes the Student Farm at Penn State, the Student Farm Club, the Food Systems minor, community food system partnerships, and course-client collaborations. Through our multi-faceted programs, we provide diverse opportunities for engagement with... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm EDT
Virtual

5:00pm EDT

HackPSU
On March 19 - 21, virtually join over 300 students from across the nation for 48 hours of creation, innovation, and fun. From seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field, all are welcome to join. Discover your ability to create change by developing technology to solve real-world problems, working with industry leaders, and collaborating with your peers.


Friday March 19, 2021 5:00pm - Sunday March 21, 2021 5:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Sunday, March 21
 

5:00pm EDT

Creative Hustlin’
An unparalleled event by Penn State Alum Shalom Dubas, Creative Hustlin’ serves to better equip creatives for sustainable success by featuring expert speakers who show them how to align their passions with business. The event features a live performance component that uses the transcendent power of music and performance to nicely contrast the speaker sessions while driving home the importance of quality and confidence in all actions.

Event schedule:
  • 5:10 - 5:25 pm - Music Set feat. Sydney Franklin
  • 5:30 - 5:50 pm - "Branding as a Creative" feat. Jamila White
  • 10 min Q&A
  • 6:00 - 6:15 pm - Spoken Word Performance feat. Dave Gaines
  • 6:20 - 6:40 pm - "You are a Startup " feat. Oluwasanmi Ariyo
  • 10 min Q&A
  • 6:55 - 7:15 pm - Music Set feat. Gaël
  • 7:20 pm - 7:50 pm - "Now What? Steps to Success" feat. Kokayi
  • 10 min Q&A
  • 8:00 - 8:15 pm - Key Takeaways & Resources feat. Shalom Dubas

Registration is not required for this event. You can view the event here: https://psu.zoom.us/j/96936207525.

This event is brought to you by Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC and Penn State Student Programming Association (SPA) and sponsored by Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) Center, Penn State Office of Education Equity, and Schreyer Honors College

Moderators
avatar for Shalom Dubas '17

Shalom Dubas '17

Artist and Creative Entrepreneur
Shalom Dubas is a D.M.V (D.C Metro Area) based musician who makes music for young minded individuals who are moving through life and trying to succeed on their own terms. Outside of creating and performing music, she is a supporter of independent artists and a creative entrepreneur... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Franklin

Sydney Franklin

R&B/Soul artist, singer-songwriter
R&B/Soul artist, and singer-songwriter Sydney Franklin released her debut freshman EP Make It Hurt in February 2018 and made her debut appearance at the 2018 SXSW Conference and Festival performing at an all-female artist showcase. In addition to receiving Honorable Mention recognition... Read More →
avatar for Dave Gaines '17

Dave Gaines '17

Spoken Word Artist
David A. Gaines (Dave G) is a Black poet, actor & filmmaker born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area. His work examines Blackness, masculinity, Christianity and mental health through an intersectional lens.In 2018, he won multiple championship titles including 2017 College... Read More →
avatar for Gaël Georges

Gaël Georges

Rapper and Musical Artist
Gaël is a rapper and songwriter born and raised in Haiti who makes it a point in his music to address mental health as a general topic as well as documenting his personal experiences in hopes of helping people realize that we are all going through it.Inspired by Lil Wayne at the... Read More →
avatar for Kokayi Walker

Kokayi Walker

Artist/Producer and Grammy Nominated Musician
Halcyon Arts Lab fellow and the chief ideator and co-curator of BeatsnBeans: a cultural design project examining the intersections of creativity, coffee culture, and the re-imagining of creative spaces. He can be heard on Whose Hat is This? Everything’s Ok, Goldlink’s At What... Read More →
avatar for Oluwasanmi Victor Ariyo '19

Oluwasanmi Victor Ariyo '19

CEO, Wavlength
Victor Ariyo is the Founder/CEO of Wavlength, the "one-stop shop" for freelancers that integrates lead generation through social media platforms via profile links shared across the internet. Being a musician himself, Victor is passionate about the rapidly-growing creator economy and... Read More →
avatar for Jamila White '17

Jamila White '17

Senior Producer, TV One
Jamila White, a Maryland-born, Panamanian raised creative, fell in love with the art of storytelling in elementary school as she was amazed that an individual could impact an audience's emotions through language. After graduating from Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree... Read More →


Sunday March 21, 2021 5:00pm - 8:10pm EDT
Zoom
 
Monday, March 22
 

11:15am EDT

Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Beginnings: from TA to CEO of PetriBio
Dr. Shu Li will be joining Dr. Sirakaya’s Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology class to discuss how she went from being a TA for that class to now a CEO and Co-founder of Petri Bio, an LA-based biotech startup developing therapies and healthcare products using gut microbes.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Eberly College of Science

Speakers
avatar for Shu Li, PhD

Shu Li, PhD

CEO and Co-founder, Petri Bio
Dr. Shu Li is CEO and Co-founder of Petri Bio, an LA-based biotech startup developing therapies and healthcare products using gut microbes. Previously she co-founded Alpine Roads, a YC-backed startup using genetically modified plants to produce animal proteins. She has a Ph.D. in... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 11:15am - 12:05pm EDT
Zoom

11:15am EDT

The Importance of Information Security, Cyber Security and Analytics to Non-Technical People

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth King '79

Elizabeth King '79

Consultant and Former VP of Global Human Resources Solutions and Services (Retired), Starbucks
Elizabeth M. King is a recently retired vice president of human resources solutions and services for Starbucks Corporation. During her tenure, the company grew from 1.100 to 24,400 coffee shops with locations in four countries to now nearly 75. This significant growth provided exciting... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 11:15am - 12:05pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Sustaining Pennsylvania’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Fostering K-12 Innovators
Learn about K-12 entrepreneurship and innovation education and Penn State’s initiatives that foster youth entrepreneurship and leadership and how to get involved.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPI9aKGc83qfkc6.

Sponsored by Penn State Abington, Penn State Brandywine, Penn State Berks, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State University Park and the Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship.

Moderators
avatar for Peter Hornberger

Peter Hornberger

Lecturer, Management/Entrepreneurship, Penn State Abington

Speakers
avatar for Abdullah Konak

Abdullah Konak

Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State Berks
avatar for Sadan Kulturel-Konak

Sadan Kulturel-Konak

Professor of Management Information Systems, Penn State Berks
avatar for Bill Andahazy

Bill Andahazy

Entrepreneurship Educator, Continuing Education, Penn State Hazleton
avatar for Annette Durnack

Annette Durnack

Director of Business Development, Lehigh Valley LaunchBox


Monday March 22, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Virtual

1:00pm EDT

Why is Good Information So Hard to Find? Tips and Tricks for Researching Startups
Thinking about working for an existing startup? Launching your own business and looking for information on your competitors? Interested in how a startup got its, well, start? Researching startups and small business is notoriously difficult, but there are some things you can try to learn more about startups that interest you. This short session will cover some tips and tricks for uncovering information on difficult-to-research companies.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i07WTwAJQJyWa82U1xO_Xg.

This event is sponsored by Penn State University Libraries

Speakers
avatar for Sara Hess

Sara Hess

Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian, Penn State University Park
Sara Hess is the Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian in the Schreyer Business Library at Penn State’s University Park campus. She is available for research consultations with student, faculty, staff, and community entrepreneurs looking for secondary or desk research on industries... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom

1:30pm EDT

HR Strategies and Basics for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs
Please join us as we host Stacey Etherson for the first in her three-part series focused on HR strategies and basics for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Session I – Hiring doesn’t have to be rocky ™ Have you ever hired the wrong person and wonder what went wrong? Have you considered what a wrong hire is costing you and your business? It may surprise you to learn you are not alone, In this signature topic, Participants will discuss and understand: a.) Why having a simple hiring process is important to the success of your business. b.) Common situations many small businesses face and how to prevent these in the future. c.) The costs, both hard dollars and hidden costs, of hiring the wrong person. d.) Features of a well-planned hiring process and how this will help you in the long run.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yOgYcqsnTzi0KX9YXpCT5Q?fbclid=IwAR3r1plWEnpsBQo9wW-Hi9l4ErYDYjCTyYYpGKITv99yyRi6RDqIRBuOrHg.

This event is sponsored by Penn State New Kensington and The Corner Launchbox

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Etherson, MA, SHRM-CP, CCP

Stacey Etherson, MA, SHRM-CP, CCP

Owner, HR Solutions for Small Business



Monday March 22, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

2:00pm EDT

Do Your Research: Open Office Hours on Using Library Resources to Support Your Entrepreneurial Ideas
Thinking about launching a business? Looking for information on your potential customers and competitors? Curious about what the Penn State Libraries can offer in terms of support for entrepreneurs? Drop in on these open office hours with the Schreyer Business Library’s Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian, Sara Hess, to discuss research strategies and resources for Penn State entrepreneurs.

This is an opportunity to ask specific questions about how to approach doing secondary or desk research to support your idea or to just to get an overview of what is available to you through the Penn State Libraries. While this event will be of particular interest to undergraduate students, it is open to all.

While registration is not required for these open office hours, research consultation appointments with Sara Hess can be scheduled during and/or outside of this event can be scheduled at https://calendly.com/sfh5542.

You can access the open office hours here: https://psu.zoom.us/j/92894249437.

 This event is sponsored by Penn State University Libraries

Speakers
avatar for Sara Hess

Sara Hess

Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian, Penn State University Park
Sara Hess is the Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian in the Schreyer Business Library at Penn State’s University Park campus. She is available for research consultations with student, faculty, staff, and community entrepreneurs looking for secondary or desk research on industries... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom

2:30pm EDT

Bringing an Idea to Life

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Thompson '16

Shawn Thompson '16

Program Manager, Microsoft
Program Manger at Microsoft by day, and solving hard problems as an entrepreneur by night.Shawn Thompson is a 2016 graduate of the College of IST at Penn State and currently works at Microsoft, where he helps build & design AI platforms at the edge. Shawn’s experience lies in product... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Inspiring Eberly Women Alumnae
Join the Eberly College of Science in welcome three of our own successful alumnae for a conversation about a typical day in the life of biotech scientists and policy experts, being a woman in tech, company changes in a pandemic world, and translational skills needed for the transition from academia to biotech and policy. We are honored to feature Lauren Kaskiel, who heads Program and Alliance Management for the biotech company Spark Therapeutics, Dr. Shu Li, CEO and co-founder of biotech startup PetriBio, and Therese Jones, the Senior Director of Policy at the Satellite Industry Association.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Eberly College of Science.  

Speakers
avatar for Shu Li, PhD

Shu Li, PhD

CEO and Co-founder, Petri Bio
Dr. Shu Li is CEO and Co-founder of Petri Bio, an LA-based biotech startup developing therapies and healthcare products using gut microbes. Previously she co-founded Alpine Roads, a YC-backed startup using genetically modified plants to produce animal proteins. She has a Ph.D. in... Read More →
avatar for Therese Jones

Therese Jones

Senior Director of Policy, Satellite Industry Association
Therese Jones is the Senior Director of Policy at the Satellite Industry Association, a U.S.-based trade association representing over 50 satellite operators, manufacturers, ground equipment suppliers, and launch companies.  In this position, Therese manages SIA working groups on... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Kaskiel

Lauren Kaskiel

Program and Alliance Management Leader, Spark Therapeutics
Lauren Kaskiel, (BSc Biotechnology, Minor Microbiology, Eberly College of Science) heads Program and Alliance Management for Spark Therapeutics, a biotech company challenging the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable‐until... Read More →



Monday March 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Digital Transformation

Speakers
avatar for Angela Govila

Angela Govila

Head of Digital, Chase for Business ® at JP Morgan Chase
Angela Govila is the Head of Digital for Chase for Business ® at JP Morgan Chase.  Chase for Business provides deposit, credit and cash management services to nearly 4 million small business owners across the U.S. She currently leads an aggressive digital transformation agenda... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 4:00pm - 5:15pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Innovation Design Workshop
Join us to learn structured techniques for innovating a product or service and evaluating it for FREE pre-prototype. Apply Idea Space techniques to improve the experience of online learning.

Registration is not required for this event. Click to Join.

This event is sponsored by the Flemming CEED Center and Penn State Berks.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Hartman-Caverly

Sarah Hartman-Caverly

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Berks Thun Library, Penn State Berks


Monday March 22, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Get Comfortable with Ambiguity
COVID-19 introduced a new normal. Ambiguity and uncertainty became a constant in people’s daily lives. The pre-pandemic way of working provides us faux comfort, but creativity emerged as the complex system perfectly equipped for times like this.
 
For leaders and organizations to emerge out of this new normal stronger, and more inspired, they must utilize creativity to enable future-friendly transformation to navigate ambiguous terrain. Join Natalie Nixon, president of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC as she explains how practical creativity techniques can shift mindset and stretch thinking for life. Attendees will gain an alternate lens to view the trajectory of their work and gain inspiration to move forward amid uncertainty. Learn how to adapt to entirely new terrain and disrupt your own thinking for more innovative gain.

Also, as a special offer to Penn State students during Penn State Startup Week, check out a free sample chapter of The Creativity Leap here: bit.ly/tclfree.

Moderators
avatar for Grace Bradley

Grace Bradley

Majors: Film/Video and Broadcast Journalism, Penn State Senior
Grace Bradley is a senior from Sewell, NJ double majoring in film/video and broadcast journalism. She is currently the Executive Student Director at CommAgency and an Executive Producer for Centre County Report. Grace has had internships with PHL-17, New Pig, PennTap, and FOX Nation... Read More →
avatar for Nena Ellis

Nena Ellis

Director of Marketing & Communications, Invent Penn State
Nena Ellis leads marketing and communication efforts for Invent Penn State, the university’s strategic initiative to drive innovation, economic development, and student career success in Pennsylvania and beyond. Throughout her 30-year marketing and publishing career Ms. Ellis has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Nixon, PhD

Natalie Nixon, PhD

Creativity Strategist & President, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC
Natalie Nixon changes lives through ideas so that people build their creative confidence for years to come, get paid their worth and make an impact. As president of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she advises leaders and executive teams on how to achieve transformative business results by... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

Building a Restaurant Chain with Juan Martinez (Presented in Spanish)
Gain insight on building a business from the ground up with speaker Juan Martinez. Owner of Don Juan Mex Grill, a multi-million-dollar business with locations throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, Martinez brings a strong background in project management, talent acquisition, marketing, growth and much more.

This event is presented by Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox in partnership with Emprender Latino Pa., Penn State Berks, Penn State Abington and Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez

Owner, Don Juan Mex Grill
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Juan started working in the restaurant industry at age 10, cleaning bathrooms, cutting tomatoes and selling popcorn until he emigrated to the U.S. in 1997 at the age of 16 in search of better opportunities. Juan put himself through college... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Zoom

7:15pm EDT

The Future is Female
Today, the United States has 12.3 million women-owned businesses that accounts for 40% of businesses nationwide. To put it plainly, women are starting businesses in droves and remain a driving force in the nation’s economy. However, those feel good numbers do little to tell the larger story of the hurdles faced by women who have embraced entrepreneurship, especially in comparison to their male counterparts.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring successful female entrepreneurs with differing backgrounds and varied expertise. These women know what it takes to blaze a trail and have a track record of success that speaks for itself. In the wise words of Queen Bey, “Who run the world? Girls,” and they’re not stopping anytime soon.

Moderators
avatar for Lee Erickson '13

Lee Erickson '13

Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
Lee spends her days downtown at the LaunchBox providing business advice and connecting startups to the resources, experts, and support they need to de-risk their business and accelerate their entry to market. As a serial entrepreneur in a previous life, Lee has worked with 100’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Beverley East

Beverley East

President and Founder, Strokes & Slants
Beverly is a leading expert in the field of handwriting analysis, a court-qualified forensic document examiner, and the author of three best selling books. She has worked on many high-profile cases, testified in cases in 6 different countries, and was recently the lead expert in a... Read More →
avatar for Jess Weiner '95

Jess Weiner '95

Cultural Expert + Educator + Speaker + CEO, Talk To Jess
Jess Weiner is a cultural expert focusing on the intersection of business, social change and inclusivity. She’s the CEO of Talk to Jess, a consultancy that works with Fortune 500 companies to help them better reflect people in their media, marketing, and advertising, and workforce... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Schipke Marzano '09

Melissa Schipke Marzano '09

Founder, Tassl
Melissa Schipke is founder and chief executive officer of Tassl, a Philadelphia company dedicated to building technologies that strengthen alumni networks and recognize graduates for contributions to their alma mater.Schipke began her career at Altria Group, holding multiple positions... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Dougherty '09

Kathryn Dougherty '09

Founder, Spritz Beverages Co.
Kathryn Dougherty, MBA, is the founder of Spritz Beverages Co, a start-up that develops and markets a line of softly sparkling, boldly flavored, craft tea infusions. Recognizing a gap in the market for non-alcoholic drink alternatives, especially those that appeal to women and female... Read More →


Monday March 22, 2021 7:15pm - 8:15pm EDT
Zoom

7:30pm EDT

PSU Startup Trivia
Kick off Penn State Startup Week with a little lively competition! Come join the fun and learn about amazing startups developed by Penn State Alumni! This virtual trivia game will inspire you - and you won't want to miss out because prizes will be awarded!!

Event is open to students enrolled at Penn State Altoona.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: http://bit.ly/PSUStartupTrivia.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Altoona and Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family

Monday March 22, 2021 7:30pm - 8:15pm EDT
Zoom

8:00pm EDT

Level Up: Opportunities in E-Sports, Gaming Content Creation
The rise of electronic sports leagues and gaming content creators, has created opportunities for enterprising gamers as well as investors. Tournaments are getting broadcast on ESPN, live events are drawing tens of thousands -- pre-pandemic, of course -- and creators are monetizing audiences built on platforms such as YouTube, Twitch and Discord.

Two Penn Staters: Seth Mason, founder and chief marketing officer of The Esport Company, and John Comonitski, creator “JohnyJ25” on YouTube, share their experiences of turning a passion into profit in this emerging industry.

Mason’s Esport Company has built a 5,000-person amateur e-sports league boasting 13 teams across six states. Additionally, he’s contributing to a revitalization effort in downtown Johnstown, Pa., aimed at turning a vacant, two-story building into a tech and job-training hub.

Comonitski’s JohnyJ25 YouTube channel specializes in helping gamers conquer Zombies gameplay within the popular “Call of Duty” franchise, and has amassed 361,000+ subscribers.

This event is presented by Innoblue, Penn State’s oldest community of student entrepreneurs, and be moderated by Bill Zimmerman, lecturer in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, and host of the “Happy Valley Hustle” podcast.

Speakers
avatar for Seth Mason

Seth Mason

Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, The Esport Company
Mason’s Esport Company has built a 5,000-person amateur e-sports league boasting 13 teams across six states. Additionally, he’s contributing to a revitalization effort in downtown Johnstown, Pa., aimed at turning a vacant, two-story building into a tech and job-training hub.
avatar for John Comonitski '20

John Comonitski '20

Creator, “JohnyJ25” on YouTube
Comonitski’s JohnyJ25 YouTube channel specializes in helping gamers conquer Zombies gameplay within the popular “Call of Duty” franchise, and has amassed 361,000+ subscribers.


Monday March 22, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Tuesday, March 23
 

9:05am EDT

Pivoting from a Consulting Startup to a Software Startup

Speakers
avatar for Steve Garguilo '09

Steve Garguilo '09

Founder, Cultivate
Steve Garguilo is an instigator with a track record of large-scale, grassroots change. As the Founder of Cultivate, he leads a team that empowers changemakers inside many different types of organizations. His team at Cultivate also created an enterprise software platform that supports... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 9:05am - 10:20am EDT
Zoom

10:35am EDT

Technology Leaders and their Vital Role in Culture Cultivation

Speakers
avatar for Jayme Anne Goldberg '92

Jayme Anne Goldberg '92

Founder, Consequential Flowers
Jayme Anne Goldberg is the Founder of Consequential Flowers, a private social media network, devoted to cultivating and empowering transformational women leaders. As a visionary with demonstrated success creating value in fragmented industries and growing organizations, Jayme speaks... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:35am - 11:50am EDT
Zoom

2:30pm EDT

Strategies to Decrease Stress for Health and Performance
Stress comes from many sources.  From concerns for the future, to time management, to managing limited resources, the lifestyles of students and entrepreneurs are filled with many of them.

During this conversation with Stefani Abreu, Penn State Abington Instructor of Kinesiology, Peter Hornberger, Director of the Abington LaunchBox, and Penn State Abington students, we will discuss ways to build awareness of our stress and the causes. We will provide actionable guidance to assist any student or entrepreneur to develop a strategy to manage stress and increase performance.

This event will be delivered in the format of a YouTube video premiere. Attendees can participate in chat and live question and answer sessions with the presenters throughout the event.

This event is sponsored by Abington LaunchBox powered by Penn State

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hornberger

Peter Hornberger

Lecturer, Management/Entrepreneurship, Penn State Abington
SA

Stefani Abreu

Instructor of Kinesiology, Penn State Abington


Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
YouTube

3:00pm EDT

Arts Business Idea Competition (Final Round)
In its sixth year, this competition is the College of Arts and Architecture’s annual showcase of arts entrepreneurship that asks students to present an arts-based business plan that could earn entrants up to $5,000 to develop the concept.

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any major and any Penn State campus. The only requirement is that the business concept is arts-based. Free-lance, non-profit, for profit, hybrid, and small or large-scale ideas are welcome.

The judges for the competition are James Hart, Steven Wasser, and David Bruenger.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Dr. Jonathan Gangi at jjg27@psu.edu and he will provide you with the Zoom link.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Startup Market
The Startup Market, hosted and organized by Lion LaunchPad, is a university-wide resource fair for students who are interested in seeking involvement with organizations, academic pathways, and community resources at Penn State that align with entrepreneurship and innovation. Startup Market is open to all students of any academic year or major and will feature academic and entrepreneurial resources in addition to startups and student-led initiatives to help provide a startup mindset to students during their time at Penn State.

Participating organizations include:
The E&I Program adds value to new ideas and research discoveries by creating entrepreneurial success across Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences community.

The Ben Franklin TechCelerator is a small business accelerator, a 10-week course that covers the basics of business startup including: Business Formation, Business Model Canvas, Marketing, Finance, How to Pitch your idea, Intellectual Property, Capital Formation, and more.

The CIENT major in the Smeal College of Business focuses on teaching students how to assess opportunities, cultivate change and structure new ventures. The major focuses on developing problem solving and creative thinking skills, along with the ability to recognize opportunities, spot trends, and develop a plan to capitalize on these ideas.

Entrepreneurs and innovators exist in all industries and in all types of companies and non-profits. The ENTI minor teaches students the foundational skills they need to succeed, such as innovative thinking, leadership, and new venture creation.

Happy Valley Capital is a student-run venture capital organization that is focused on nurturing the startup community at Penn State. It does this through hosting general body meetings featuring inspirational speakers and venture capital/entrepreneurship educations.

Happy Valley Communications is a student-run organization that exists to provide professional communication services to both local and national clients. We provide an outlet for students to apply what they have learned, in the classroom and through internships, in a real-world agency environment.

Happy Valley LaunchBox connects local entrepreneurs to the support, resources, and facilities that they need to build a sustainable and scalable business with a viable plan for growth. Their no-cost services and programs are designed to help entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes, thereby allowing them to de-risk and accelerate their path to the marketplace.

Innoblue is the oldest entrepreneurship organization on Penn State's campus. It provides a network, resources, and inspiration for students with big ideas to make them a reality. All of this works towards the mission of encouraging and enabling a community of entrepreneurial minded students at Penn State.

Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and university / community / industry collaborations to facilitate the challenging process of turning research discoveries into valuable products and services that can benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind.

Teams of entrepreneurial undergraduate Penn State students can apply for microgrants of up to $500 in seed money to help get their ideas off the ground. To qualify, one team member should have a SEDTAPP or intercollege minor in entrepreneurship and innovation minor (ENTI) affiliation.

The Penn State Law LaunchBox Legal Clinics provide free legal services to any startup, innovator or small business in Pennsylvania. We are located in the Happy Valley LaunchBox and staffed by Penn State Law student interns and supervised by two staff attorneys.

PennTAP is a federal, state, and University partnership aimed at stimulating statewide economic development. We help student entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses maximize their competitiveness through in-person consultations, unbiased technical advice, connections to Penn State resources and referrals to business development resources throughout the state to assist in research, product testing, and go-to-market strategy.

The Penn State SBDC provides one-on-one, confidential, no-cost business consulting and low-cost seminars to pre-venture, start-up, and existing small businesses located in Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Mifflin counties. Consulting services include business planning, feasibility studies, market research, financing/loan packaging, marketing, scaling for growth, hiring and managing employees, and other areas of management and technical support.

The Learning Factory brings the real world into the classroom by providing engineering students with practical hand-on experience through industry-sponsored capstone design projects. The Learning Factory provides a makerspace with modern design, prototyping, and manufacturing facilities, including machining, 3D printing, welding, metrology, and CAD/CAM.

The Penn State University Libraries offers student, faculty, staff, and community entrepreneurs resources for company, market, industry, and business planning research. We provide support for assignments throughout the entrepreneurship curriculum at Penn State as well as non-curricular projects and ventures.

Lion LaunchPad is a special living option located in Leete Hall at University Park student entrepreneurs, hackers, inventors, artists and change-makers come together to experience and learn about the Penn State entrepreneurship culture and all of the many facets it has to offer from testing out ideas to creating prototypes to participating in campus events.


Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:35pm EDT

Diverse Perspectives in Hospitality Entrepreneurship
Diverse Perspectives in Hospitality Entrepreneurship will include a panel of entrepreneurs from various segments of the hospitality industry discussing their entrepreneurial journey and the challenges and opportunities along the way. This panel will be moderated by our Visiting Conti Professor in the Penn State School of Hospitality Management.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://engage.tassl.com/event/8694. Once you register, you will receive the Zoom webinar link with your email confirmation.

This event is sponsored by Penn State School of Hospitality Management.

Moderators
avatar for Gerry Fernandez

Gerry Fernandez

Founder and President, Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance and Visiting Conti Professor, Penn State School of Hospitality
The Penn State School of Hospitality Management has named Gerry Fernandez, president and founder of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, as the 2020-21 Walter J. Conti Visiting Professor.The Conti Professorship Program was established in 1987 by alumni and friends... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennie deCarrier Benzon

Jennie deCarrier Benzon

Vice President, Franchising, Distinctive Select Brands, Marriott International, Washington, DC
As vice president of the brands AC Hotels, Aloft, Element and Moxy, Benzon is responsible for leading franchise advisory councils, achieving key financial metrics, growth distribution, and product and guest service metrics.Previously, Benzon served as vice president of franchising... Read More →
avatar for Tyoka Jackson

Tyoka Jackson

Franchisee/Owner, International House of Pancakes IHOP, Washington D.C., President and CEO Jackson Investment Company, LLC,
Following an accomplished 12-year NFL career, Tyoka Jackson, a successful businessman, entrepreneur, community volunteer and is also a college football analyst. As he was beginning his NFL career, Jackson was also beginning his career as an entrepreneur, founding The Jackson Investment... Read More →
avatar for Warren Thompson

Warren Thompson

Founder, President and Chairman, Thompson Hospitality Corporation , Reston, VA
Warren Thompson learned at an early age the importance of hard work, focus, and determination. He started his career at age 14 with a grass-cutting business, graduated to delivering and selling produce out of a school bus at age 15, and, in his first leveraged buyout at the ripe old... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Titon

Juliana Titon

Owner and COO, Spedini Trattoria and It's Grill, Curitiba, Brazil
Juliana left Brazil at the age of 18 to pursue her degree at Penn State where she began her studies at the Behrend campus. After graduation she began her career as a F1 Trainee with Marriott in California for one year before going back to her hometown Curitiba in southern Brazil... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:35pm - 5:50pm EDT
Zoom

4:35pm EDT

User Testing And Building AR Experiences

Speakers
avatar for Hermes Frangoudis '15

Hermes Frangoudis '15

Senior Developer Evangelist, Agora
Hermes is a Senior Developer Evangelist at Agora.io, leading Agora's Developer Education initiatives. In his role, he leads a team focused on creating guides and demos for developers leveraging real time engagement-based technologies, such as live interactive streaming, and video... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 4:35pm - 5:50pm EDT
Zoom

5:00pm EDT

Feasibility, Structure, Licensing and Registration
Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like, “How do I turn my idea into a successful business?" "What is the feasibility of my business idea?” “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?” “Where is the best place to open my business?” Learn the basics of starting and successfully operating your own business.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox.


Speakers
avatar for Lucy Singer

Lucy Singer

Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University
Lucy E. Singer specializes in preparing comprehensive business plans that include financial forecasts and marketing research. In addition, she provides general management and start up assistance, as well as instructing educational programs and training seminars for the Small Business... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Zoom

5:00pm EDT

Small Business and Startup Career Fair
The Small Business and Startup Fair is a university-wide recruitment fair for students who are seeking unique opportunities within a small business or startup environment. The fair, which is open to all students of academic year or major, will feature employers who are seeking candidates for full-time, internship, co-op, and research positions.


Tuesday March 23, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Brazen

6:00pm EDT

KINES Konnection – Exploring Kinesiology Career Paths
Hear from this panel of professional who will share their career experience, job outlook, and participate in Q&A. Ask these experts about all the things you can do with a Kinesiology degree!
Joining us for the evening will be the following panelists
  • Melinda Krimmel, MS, CEP, CER EIM III - Instructor, Kinesiology Penn State Altoona
  • Thomas Marra, MS, MBA - Director Cardiology/Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation, UPMC Altoona
  • Dylan Bryan - Owner, WBO Health & Fitness (BS ’17)

This event is open to Kinesiology majors at Penn State Altoona.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: http://bit.ly/KINESKonnection

This event is sponsored by Penn State Altoona and Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family.

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Krimmel

Melinda Krimmel

Instructor, Kinesiology, Penn State Altoona
avatar for Thomas Marra

Thomas Marra

Director Cardiology/Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation, UPMC Altoona
avatar for Dylan Bryan '17

Dylan Bryan '17

Owner, WBO Health & Fitness


Tuesday March 23, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Using Your Professional Skills to Build a Business with Nataly Montes de Oca (Presented in Spanish)
Montes de Oca created Nath Soap Company in 2019 as a way to bring natural, homemade products to the market in small quantities. She developed the passion for natural body care products while dedicating herself to homeschooling her children. She also has extensive experience in industrial engineering and supply chain.

This event is pre-recorded. Check back at https://hazleton.launchbox.psu.edu/startup-week-2021 closer to the start date for a link to view the webinar.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox.

Speakers
avatar for Nataly Montes de Oca

Nataly Montes de Oca

Owner and Creator, Nath Soap Company
Nath Soap Company was born out of the desire to provide my family with the most natural and gentle soap available that would meet our needs. I started making bath and body products (lotion bars, body butters, soap) for myself and my family 5 years ago mainly because I was trying to... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Virtual

6:00pm EDT

Think Beyond the Bank: Alternative Funding for Small Businesses
Start Up Week continues! Alternative banking may not be the best path to small business success. Join The Corner Launchbox and our industry partner, Riverside Center for Innovation, as we learn what resources are available to small businesses and entrepreneurs through non-traditional funding streams and alternative finance opportunities.

Participants include Kiva Pittsburgh, Honeycomb Credit, The Progress Fund, Bridgeway Capital, the Washington County Council on Economic Development, Hebrew Free Loan Association and Axiom Advancement Corporation.

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. You can register for the event here: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QjUjtE3-ReuBwZufrKiRDw?fbclid=IwAR166gkK9DFulHUsaRPclLdI5E_R3SHNaufD5ZFFzLtPiHHsM5ipp7sLyUs. Questions? Contact Alyssa at amp7089@psu.edu.

This event is sponsored by Penn State New Kensington and The Corner Launchbox.


Tuesday March 23, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Idea TestLab Final Pitch Competition
The final pitch competition is the culmination of Harrisburg LaunchBox’s Idea TestLab winter 2021 accelerator program. Idea TestLab is an accelerator program for select early-stage entrepreneurs with scalable business ideas. After 6 weeks of intensive customer discovery, cohort startups will pitch for up to $2500 in seed funding.

This is an invitation only event.

This event is sponsored by Harrisburg LaunchBox powered by Penn State.  

Tuesday March 23, 2021 6:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Virtual

7:00pm EDT

How to Convert Art to Business with Anaveli Encarnacion (Presented in Spanish)
Join Anaveli Encarnacion as she shares how, due to the pandemic, she ventured into social networking to help continue pursuing her passion of creating artisan jewelry.

This event is presented by Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox in partnership with Emprender Latino Pa., Penn State Berks and  Penn State Abington.

Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Zoom

7:00pm EDT

Innovation and Intrapreneurship in the 21st Century
Join us for the Flemming CEED Center’s Entrepreneurship Speaker Series during which Darrell Alston and Daniel E. Goldberg will discuss "Innovation and Intrapreneurship in the 21st Century”.

Click Here to Register.

This event is sponsored by the Flemming CEED Center and Penn State Berks.

Moderators
avatar for Sadan Kulturel-Konak

Sadan Kulturel-Konak

Professor of Management Information Systems, Penn State Berks

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Alston

Darrell Alston

Owner and CEO, Bungee Brand
Darrell Alston is the CEO and lead designer of Bungee Brand, a unique, high-quality sneaker and clothing company. When he was a rapper, Darrell started having success and notoriety, which led to him becoming part of a few well-known tours. However, due to some incredibly bad decisions... Read More →
avatar for Daniel E. Goldberg, Ed.D

Daniel E. Goldberg, Ed.D

Fox School of Business, Temple University, Founder of "For Eyes" and Academic Director of the Business Management BBA Program,
Daniel E. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Human Resource Management. He is also the Academic Director of the Business Management Bachelor of Business Administration Program.He founded the national optical chain “For Eyes.” Subsequently, he... Read More →



Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Zoom

7:15pm EDT

Six Degrees of Penn State
With over 700,000 Penn State alumni alive today, the Penn State degree becomes a calling card for people around the world. Six degrees of separation is a given for most Penn Staters – if you are one, you know one. No matter where you are, a fellow Penn Stater is not far away.

This is especially true throughout the entrepreneurial journeys of two successful Penn State alumni entrepreneurs, Hunter Swisher and JT Marino. Both leveraged their Penn State connections and were able to identify a need within their respective fields to disrupt the status quo. Join Hunter and JT, with moderator Bob Morgan, another successful Penn State alumni entrepreneur in his own right, as they talk more about how their time at Penn State helped prepare them for where they are today.

Moderators
avatar for Robert E. Morgan '89

Robert E. Morgan '89

Founder & CEO, Talaria Media
Robert Morgan is the Founder and CEO of Talaria Media. Talaria Media is a creative film and video production company based in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles that develops and produces a variety of motion picture, television, and digital media content for streaming, broadcast and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for JT Marino '09

JT Marino '09

Chief Disruption Officer of Serta Simmons Bedding, Co-founder of Tuft & Needle (T&N)
Co-founder of Tuft & Needle (T&N) and Chief Disruption Officer of Serta Simmons Bedding, John-Thomas “JT” Marino is a passionate storyteller, facilitator and teacher, inspiring T&N's most challenging and disruptive projects. JT has been instrumental in redefining the sleep industry... Read More →
avatar for Hunter Swisher '16

Hunter Swisher '16

Founder & CEO, Phospholutions, Inc.
Hunter currently serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Phospholutions, Inc., which he founded prior to graduating with an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. Phospholutions develops solutions for managing global phosphorus use. RhizoSorb technology... Read More →


Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:15pm - 8:15pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, March 24
 

11:15am EDT

David Bruenger Guest Speaker in Music Entrepreneurship Class
David Bruenger will share entrepreneurial insights and strategies for those interested in music business/entrepreneurship within the Music Industry.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Dr. Jonathan Gangi at jjg27@psu.edu and he will provide you with the Zoom link.

This event is sponsored by Penn State College of Arts and Architecture.  

Speakers
avatar for David Bruenger

David Bruenger

Professor and Director of Music, Media and Enterprise Program Music, Media and Enterprise, Ohio State University
David Bruenger joined Ohio State to build and direct the program funded by the Targeted Investment in Excellence grant awarded to the School. He developed and teaches an interdisciplinary curriculum that critically examines the roles of music in media, commerce and culture in both... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 11:15am - 12:05pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

From Eberly to Startups
Ever wonder what it takes to make a startup successful? Join the Eberly College of Science as we feature panel speakers of each stage of the process: 4th year PhD student in Materials Science Caleb Meredith who is working on developing new kinds of iridescent optical coatings for security and decorative applications, CEO and co-founder of Magnitude Instruments, Dr. Eric Kennehan, Jason Goodman the CEO and co-founder of Antithesis Foods and currently PhD candidate at Cornell University, as well as Dr. Jacob Hanchar, the CEO and co-founder of Digital Dream Labs.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Eberly College of Science

Speakers
avatar for Eric Kennehan, PhD

Eric Kennehan, PhD

CEO and Co-founder, Magnitude Instruments
Eric Kennehan is the CEO/CTO of Magnitude Instruments which he co-founded in 2018 while working on his Ph.D. in chemistry at Penn State. The idea for the company was conceived when Eric and his colleagues discovered an innovative noise suppression technology that enabled their spectrometers... Read More →
avatar for Jason Goodman

Jason Goodman

CEO and Co-founder, Antithesis Foods
Jason Goodman received his undergraduate degree from Penn State in 2009 in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Jason is currently completing his Ph.D. in Food Science studying the intersection of Taste, Diet, and the Microbiome at Cornell University. While... Read More →
avatar for Caleb Meredith

Caleb Meredith

4th year PhD student in Materials Science, Penn State
Caleb Meredith is a 4th year PhD student in Materials Science at Penn State working in the lab of Lauren Zarzar to develop new kinds of iridescent optical coatings for security and decorative applications. Before graduate school, he worked as a product development engineer at Tethis... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Hanchar, PhD

Jacob Hanchar, PhD

CEO and Co-founder, Digital Dream Labs
Jacob holds a Ph.D in neurological sciences from UCLA and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. As a co-founder, investor and CEO, Jacob’s insights in product development and vision for strategic partnerships have helped to define the company’s many successes.


Wednesday March 24, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Lunch & Learn: De-Risking Your Business
Continuing their lineup of Start Up Week events, please join Penn State New Kensington and The Corner Launchbox to learn what important first steps potential start-ups should consider prior to launching their idea, and ways to mitigate risk in the framework of your new business. Topics include legal factors and protection, insurance, customer discovery, market factors, and the entrepreneurial mindset.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrcOmppjMuG9DnFTYM9NStTXfc6KtjxtSp?fbclid=IwAR31d4OvdqCD_6o4Nq0IeUOQESNYdrwra3e7M_Nr6wSX2IZW9c2peY4Ihpc.

This event is sponsored by Penn State New Kensington and The Corner Launchbox.  

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Schuldt

Rhonda Schuldt

Innovation Coordinator, Penn State New Kensington
Rhonda Schuldt is the Innovation Coordinator for Penn State New Kensington and The Corner, and the leader of this year's Idea TestLab Series and Opportunity Accelerators. She is also the Founder and President of The Synergos Group LLC, a private consulting practice created to help... Read More →



Wednesday March 24, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Social Media 101 Webinar
Join the Beaver Valley LaunchBox team on your lunch break to learn the basics of leveraging social media for your business! This webinar is beginner-friendly and will help you be less overwhelmed by tackling social media for your business and growing your audience online.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y3FtaGCEREembVbaoBYkeA.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Beaver and Beaver Valley LaunchBox powered by Penn State Beaver.

Speakers
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Sophia Kramer '19

Digital Catalyst, Beaver Valley LaunchBox
Sophia is a Penn State graduate with a degree in corporate communications. Her involvement with LaunchBox is aligned with her interest in entrepreneurship and work in social media management.


Wednesday March 24, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Abington LaunchBox Student Virtual Entrepreneur / Creator Expo
Penn State Abington students are often engaged in numerous activities outside of their regular class schedule. Many are currently running their own business, planning on starting a business while they are pursuing their degree, or engaged in other creative activities like writing music or making podcasts.  During this networking & educational event for all student entrepreneurs and creators, several Abington student entrepreneurs will share background on their business and their entrepreneurial journey.
 
Student presenters can share a 2.5 minute presentation about their business or creative endeavor.  If a student cannot attend the live event, they can submit a video that will be shared during the expo. 
 
Non-presenting attendees can listen to student presentations and can speak and interact with all attendees during the mix and mingle session in Gathertown following the presentations. Gathertown is a virtual space that works similar to Zoom (camera and microphone) with spatial interactivity similar to a simple video game.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=RY30fNs9iUOpwcEVUm61LlJoqZs2XahJgmWMP3d-dhtUNUxHMU9CSFo4U0lZTE9JNVRTT1VYRURTQS4u. Please RSVP by Noon on March 22.

This event is sponsored by Abington LaunchBox powered by Penn State.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hornberger

Peter Hornberger

Lecturer, Management/Entrepreneurship, Penn State Abington


Wednesday March 24, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom and Gathertown

12:00pm EDT

Entrepreneur in Residence
The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program provide Penn State Altoona students with the opportunity to expand their network and get immediate feedback on their ventures or entrepreneurial career goals and aspirations via one-on-one meeting.

During Penn State Startup Week, the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence is pleased to host Don Cella, Owner of Limelight Tile & Ceramics. Don is a proud Penn State Altoona alum, graduating in 2013 with a dual major in marketing/management and entrepreneurship. He is also a Sheetz Fellow alum.

Registration is only open to students enrolled in either the Eintrepreneurship concentration or the Entrepreneurship minor at Penn State Altoona.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Altoona and Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family. ​​​​

Speakers
avatar for Don Cella '13

Don Cella '13

Owner, Limelight Tile & Ceramics
Don Cella graduated from Penn State Altoona in the spring of 2013 with a dual major in marketing/management and entrepreneurship. While there he was a Sheetz Fellow and President of the Enactus team. During the fall semester of his senior year he unexpectedly learned about an auction... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 12:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Virtual

12:15pm EDT

App Development Roundtable
Do you have an idea to build an app? It can be an intimidating and expensive road ahead. Learn important considerations for building a prototype and gain insights from entrepreneurs’ experiences before you take that next step.

  • The need and benefit of prototyping and defining your goals for a prototype
  • Looking for a developer? What are important things to consider, places to look, criteria to consider, and questions to ask?
  • How to create a balanced team: PRODUCT (What are we building), PROJECT (When are we building), & DEVELOPMENT (How are we building)
  • Learn from founders who are selling their apps: successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way!

You’ll walk away with the tips you need from founders who have walked this road before.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/app-development-roundtable-tickets-142945781681.

For more information about the event, visit: https://sites.psu.edu/berkslaunchbox/project/app-development-roundtable/.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Berks and Berks LaunchBox powered by Penn State

Speakers
avatar for Bala Peterson

Bala Peterson

Founder of CastandCrew.io, Senior Staff Engineer Lead for HBOMAX, Warner Media
Bala Peterson values simplicity and is passionate about solving technical challenges. He has a BSc. in Computer Science from Kutztown University and an MSc. in Project Management from Boston University.Previously, Bala held roles as a Director of Research and Development at a life... Read More →
avatar for Donna DeMarco

Donna DeMarco

Interactive Video Hosting & Kutztown Univ. Computer Science Professor, Co-Founder, Viddler, Inc.
Donna DeMarco is Co-Founder/ Vice President of Viddler, Inc. Viddler helps healthcare organizations build strong relationships with their employees and the communities they serve. Founded in 2005 as an interactive video hosting platform, Viddler has changed the way healthcare organizations... Read More →
avatar for Terry McKim

Terry McKim

Creator, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Tippy
Graduating in 2005 from Millersville University, Terry McKim began his career as Director of Sales and Marketing for a regional commercial printing and marketing company, and subsequently served as Business Development Manager for Reese Ad Agency. During this time, he founded and... Read More →
avatar for Mark Viglione '15

Mark Viglione '15

Founder, Enigma Networkz
Mark Viglione is a graduate of Penn State University. He has experience working at a Fortune 500 company as a cybersecurity engineer. Mark is the founder of Enigma Networkz, a software as a service (SaaS) cybersecurity data analytics company, helping small to midsized organizations... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Virtual

1:00pm EDT

Flemming CEED Center Open House
Join to learn more about the resources available to help you with your entrepreneurial endeavor!

Registration is not required for this event. Click to Join.

This event is sponsored by the Flemming CEED Center and Penn State Berks.


Wednesday March 24, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

2:00pm EDT

Women in Manufacturing: Teamwork- Diversity & Inclusion
People are unique. We each come from different backgrounds, generations and cultures, as well as having different ethnicities, personalities, beliefs and upbringings. Diverse and inclusive organizations perform better than homogenous ones - but only when each person feels able to bring their authentic self to work each day. In this virtual event, participants will learn tactics to build and engage strong teams that leverage each individuals' strengths, as well as techniques for identifying those with strengths that will make their team more successful.

Cost: Free to members; $35 for non-members.  Click Here to Register at: WiM Pennsylvania Chapter https://www.womeninmanufacturing.org/events/webinar-teamwork-diversity-inclusion.

This event is sponsored by Penn State DuBois and North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Hileman

Susan Hileman

Strategic Business Advisor, NWIRC
Susan is a certified speaker/trainer/coach as part of the John Maxwell Team and trained in Maxwell DISC Behavioral Assessments. She has received her Innovation Engineering Green Belt and training for succession planning and family business advisor services as part of the Galliard... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom

2:30pm EDT

Happy Valley Capital Founders' Workshop: "Building Zero to One" w/ Alexander Isaacson (Xeal)
There is a common misconception that the hardest part of entrepreneurship is turning your product into a metaphorical rocket ship that will scale into the stratosphere. That stage in the journey is known as going from “one to 10.” You’ve proven your product-market fit, and now it’s time to double down on what is working, while continuously iterating on your strategies in order to scale. But, before the fun begins, founders must first go from “Zero to One,” a phrase popularized by PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, in his book Zero to One. This is the first, and most challenging, stage in building a company. Before you’ve made your first sale, or hired your first employee, this is the time when you have to secure product-market fit, or simply put, prove that your idea is actually good. Join Happy Valley Capital and Alexander Isaacson, CEO & Co-Founder of Xeal, to learn about the "Zero to One" process and how to build technology that rapidly transforms and expands an industry.

You can view the event here: https://psu.zoom.us/j/94084168056?pwd=dmsxcnJ3d3JnS0JkcDAwaktYR01sdz09, password: Xeal&HVC.

This event is sponsored by Happy Valley Capital and the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Isaacson

Alexander Isaacson

Co-Founder & CEO, Xeal



Wednesday March 24, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom

2:30pm EDT

Necessary Inclusion: Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology

Speakers
avatar for Avis Yates Rivers

Avis Yates Rivers

CEO, Technology Concepts Group Intl
AS CEO of Technology Concepts Group Intl (TCGi), Avis Yates Rivers sits at the helm of a multi-million-dollar company that she built from the ground up.  TCGi is an asset management and procurement solutions provider as well as a Value-Added Reseller (VAR).  In 2017, TCGi was deemed... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Zoom

3:30pm EDT

Happy Valley Capital Founders' Workshop: "Bootstrapping" w/ Brian Magrann (Boilerplate)
Entrepreneurs can spend too much time worrying about balance sheets, revenue forecasts, and profit and loss statements. "Cash is king" and shows how much time you have to support operations. Many great ideas and technologies have been aborted on the launch pad because they did not have enough cash to get to the first external funding gate. Bootstrapping, getting a lot done on very little cash, is a common practice for early-stage companies. For most start-ups, bootstrapping is an essential first stage because it demonstrates the entrepreneur’s commitment and determination, matures a business concept into a product or service, and allows the concept to be vetted by the market. Join Happy Valley Capital and Brian Magrann, CEO & Co-Founder of Boilerplate, to learn about "Bootstrapping" and how to achieve milestones without giving away ownership and minimizing expenses.

You can view the event here: https://psu.zoom.us/j/95969283246?pwd=OGZReXVjSkwzeTBDWnlTZUxwa05sZz09, password: Boiler&HVC.

This event is sponsored by Happy Valley Capital and the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Speakers
avatar for Brian P. Magrann

Brian P. Magrann

Cofounder, Boilerplate



Wednesday March 24, 2021 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

5 Tech Trends to Advance Your Career

Speakers
avatar for Derris Boomer

Derris Boomer

Founder and CEO, Boomer Technology Group
Derris Boomer has worked for Fortune 500 companies since he was 16. Each has taught him perseverance, leadership and a drive for success. His tenure at companies such as IBM, Tiffany & Company, Polo Ralph Lauren and Accenture has afforded 20+ years of corporate experience. He has... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 4:00pm - 5:15pm EDT
Zoom

4:30pm EDT

Happy Valley Capital Founders' Workshop: "Surviving Adversity & Pivoting" w/ Jeff Josephson (Wicket)
Every entrepreneur knows what it’s like to face adversity. It comes with the territory, and includes cash-flow challenges, fickle customers, belligerent investors, and unpredictable economic downturns. The best entrepreneurs tackle these one at a time without losing their stride or passion, and many secretly get their highest satisfaction from overcoming an "impossible" problem. Join Happy Valley Capital and Jeff Josephson, VP at Wicket, to learn about "Surviving Adversity" and how to successfully pivot business models to adapt and take advantage of market opportunities.

You can view the event here: https://psu.zoom.us/j/94419961667?pwd=MFpvVjZRd3FUZWVwZTFNZGpsNzl6QT09, password: Wicket&HVC.

This event is sponsored by Happy Valley Capital and the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Josephson

Jeffrey Josephson

Vice President, Venue Partnerships at Wicket Software



Wednesday March 24, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom

5:00pm EDT

Discussion with Entrepreneur Mike Rowen
Mike Rowen is a Penn State Engineering alumnus with many entrepreneurial experiences. He is the Spring 2021 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Mike started his career as an intrapreneur at Lutron Electronics, operating the Cardinal Group developing new, custom lighting controls for various clients as a test bed for future generally available products. He went on to run the e-commerce unit at Capital One through the early days of e-commerce including surviving the dot.com bust, bringing e-commerce to many of Capital One’s business units. He has invested and served on the boards of several successful startups. He has also started his own non-profit startup, The CauseNetwork, which specializes in helping charities accept non-monetary donations. Mike will discuss his varied entrepreneurial experiences and answer questions in this interactive chat with Innoblue Penn State Entrepreneurs and other attendees. All are welcome to this conversation.

Sponsored by the College of Engineering, SEDTAPP Engineering Entrepreneurship Program and Innoblue.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rowen '83

Mike Rowen '83

Co-Founder, The Cause Network
Mike Rowen is a Penn State Engineering alumnus with many entrepreneurial experiences. He is the Spring 2021 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Mike started his career as an intrapreneur at Lutron Electronics, operating the Cardinal Group... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Zoom

5:00pm EDT

“What’s your Big Idea 2021?” Pitch Competition Challenge
We have opened our third year New Idea Challenge with an invitation to  our PA community residents!  Judges have selected five of the top submission ideas. The Challenge culminates on March 24, 2021 with a virtual pitch contest.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Shenango and eAcademy@LindenPointe.

Wednesday March 24, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Flipping the Script – Funding Alternatives for your Startup
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.

Moderators
avatar for Leonardo Girlando

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 →
avatar for Jeanette Miller

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

Speakers
avatar for Matt Brezina '03

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
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Why is Customer Discovery Important?
Customer discovery allows us to test our hypotheses by using interviews with potential customers. Learn how customer discovery helps determine how well the product meets customer needs which will create a sustainable business model.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox.  

Speakers
avatar for Lori Elias Reno

Lori Elias Reno

Lecturer in Marketing, Business, Penn State Hazleton Campus
Lori Elias Reno received her B.A. in English and M.B.A in Marketing from Wilkes University. Her diverse 30-year career includes leadership positions in marketing, communications, and sales across several industries and disciplines. Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 6:00pm - 7:15pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

IdeaMakers Challenge
The IdeaMakers Challenge is a 1.5 month competition where students receive mentoring from faculty, industry leaders, and experienced entrepreneurs to develop their idea pitching skills for a chance to win prizes that advance their idea and professional network! Teams of 2-5 undergrad students at Penn State who have an early-stage business idea where information technology is a core component of the business model. Teams must have interdisciplinary teams where students represent at least 2 colleges at Penn State. Winning teams are awarded a cash prize!

While the judges deliberate, hear from keynote speaker Nayeem Hussain share his expertise on "Getting Your Startup off the Ground".

This event is sponsored by College of Information Science and Technology.

Speakers
avatar for Nayeem Hussain '05

Nayeem Hussain '05

Head of Corporate Development & Head of Product, ConnectM Technology Solutions Inc.
Nayeem is an entrepreneur, investor, and startup advisor who believes in using the power of technology to improve lives and close the opportunity gap. Nayeem spent his early career focusing on corporate finance, M&A, and financial analysis first at Prudential Financial and then at... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Get Creative with Us! Digital Marketing with Bethany Bauer!
Take control of your website with this Digital Marketing 101 workshop. This course will teach you the basics for getting your website or Etsy store up and running. Attendees will take home a step-by-step action-oriented roadmap for digital marketing success.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-marketing-with-bethany-bauer-tickets-140083741241.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Brandywine and Utility Works.

Speakers
avatar for Bethany Bauer

Bethany Bauer

Digital Marketing Specialist



Wednesday March 24, 2021 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Virtual

7:00pm EDT

15th Forum of Businesswomen and Entrepreneurs, Foro de Mujeres Emprendedoras (FME) (presented in Spanish)
Join us for this motivational business and networking event for women entrepreneurs and businesswomen who seek to relate, become visible and grow. This motivational business and networking event will be live streamed in Spanish. The event focuses on the promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit and business development of Latino and Hispanic female entrepreneurs and owners of micro, small and medium-sized companies nationally and internationally.

In order to promote the entrepreneurial spirit we are happy to livestream this 15th. Version, of the motivational business and networking event entitled Foro de Mujeres Emprendedoras (FME), in virtual mode organized by Nace un Emprendedor. Our main purpose is for the entrepreneurship community to be edified, trained and inspired to take action. This event has been held in both the Dominican Republic and Venezuela and has reached an international audience through Virtuality.

If you would like to have your information added to Penn State Hazleton's database for future programs, register at: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PPhFXNFYSa-RR-4L_h5q3A.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Hazleton and the Hazleton LaunchBox

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Rodriguez

Jessica Rodriguez

Administrator, Manuel’s Empanadas
Emerging Marketing and International Business professional who demonstrates self-motivation, patience, trustworthiness, and versatility. Fluent in Spanish which has resulted in effectively communicating with others. Varied experiences have helped enhance multi-tasking skills, adaptability... Read More →
avatar for Mayra Holguin

Mayra Holguin

CEO, Nace un Emprendedor
Dominican Mayra Holguín has excelled in communication in the arts, literature, business consulting, and facilitation.  Her entrepreneurial spirit leads her to develop important initiatives in communication and in business life.She is a leader focused on supporting the work of entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Mota

Cynthia Mota

Allentown City Councilwoman, Luz Del Horizonte, President and
Cynthia Mota was appointed to Allentown City Council in January of 2012, and brings a fresh, community service-based vision to her role as a Councilwoman and serves as a voice for all of Allentown. Cynthia, who is of Dominican descent, moved to Allentown and attended Harrison-Morton... Read More →
avatar for Denisse Sanchez

Denisse Sanchez

President, Dominican Association of Businesswomen
Technology and science are her field out of sheer passion, finder, researcher, big data, cryptoeconomics, content curator, member and student of the Keshe space program at Keshe foundation.Lic. In business administration is her profession, real estate consultant since 2004 in the... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Zoom

7:15pm EDT

Find the Right Egg for your Basket: Modern Financing Options for Your Venture
The adage of “don’t put all your eggs into one basket” is especially true when figuring out how to finance a small business. Every entrepreneur needs to understand the importance of diversifying investment sources; from angel investment to venture capital and even equity crowd funding; each option has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Join us for a panel discussion about the importance and process of choosing the right investment source for your startup. The panel of experts will review non-traditional funding options as well as showcase the advantages of each one. One example that will be highlighted is numo, PNC Bank’s fintech build incubator that exists to create startups, which is revolutionizing the philosophy behind financial institution-owned innovation entities. Participants will leave the event with a robust understanding of investment opportunities for their next venture.

Moderators
avatar for James R. Hoehn

James R. Hoehn

Regional President, PNC Bank, Central Pennsylvania
James R. Hoehn is regional president of the Central Pennsylvania region for PNC Bank. He is responsible for overseeing all business and management with an emphasis on the asset management and corporate banking businesses.Hoehn joined PNC through its acquisition of National City Corporation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Passavant

David Passavant

CEO, numo
David Passavant is the CEO of numo, a fintech incubator subsidiary of PNC Bank. numo’s mission is to create fintech startups from inside of a major bank.David was previously an early employee at successful Silicon Valley startups Deem and SquareTrade.David holds a bachelor’s degree... Read More →
avatar for Jon Casterline '17

Jon Casterline '17

Associate, Capital Markets, SeedInvest
Jon began his career at Citigroup in the private wealth division where he helped manage over $350M in relationships, while playing a role in new client acquisition. After discovering a passion for technology and digital disruption of the financial services industry, he left Citigroup... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Bansgopaul '10

Natasha Bansgopaul '10

Co-Founder & COO, VegaX Holdings
As the Co-Founder and COO of DarcMatter (DM), Konstellation, and VegaX Holdings, Natasha is an experienced fintech, marketing, strategy, and M&A professional with over 10+ years of demonstrated leadership through key strategic roles at Fortune100 companies. She is the founder of three... Read More →
avatar for Matt Rhodes '79

Matt Rhodes '79

Managing Director, 1855 Capital
Focused on innovation and change management, Matt has invented new technologies, led the development of new products, built and managed large organizations and driven revenue growth and profitability. Matt’s background ranges from start-up funding and management as CEO of Teranetics... Read More →


Wednesday March 24, 2021 7:15pm - 8:15pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, March 25
 

9:30am EDT

Open Office Hours on Using Library Resources to Support Your Entrepreneurial Ideas
Thinking about launching a business? Looking for information on your potential customers and competitors? Curious about what the Penn State Libraries can offer in terms of support for entrepreneurs? Drop in on these open office hours with the Schreyer Business Library’s Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian, Sara Hess, to discuss research strategies and resources for Penn State entrepreneurs.

This is an opportunity to ask specific questions about how to approach doing secondary or desk research to support your idea or to just to get an overview of what is available to you through the Penn State Libraries. While this event will be of particular interest to undergraduate students, it is open to all.

While registration is not required for these open office hours, research consultation appointments with Sara Hess can be scheduled during and/or outside of this event can be scheduled at https://calendly.com/sfh5542.

You can view the open office hours here: https://psu.zoom.us/j/92015329594.

This event is sponsored by Penn State University Libraries

Speakers
avatar for Sara Hess

Sara Hess

Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian, Penn State University Park
Sara Hess is the Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian in the Schreyer Business Library at Penn State’s University Park campus. She is available for research consultations with student, faculty, staff, and community entrepreneurs looking for secondary or desk research on industries... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 9:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

10:30am EDT

What is Data Science? The Potential of the Low Altitude Disaster Imagery (LADI) Dataset

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Weinert '09

Andrew Weinert '09

Associate Staff Member, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Andrew Weinert is a member of the Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Mr. Weinert joined the Laboratory in 2009, focusing on drone airspace integration and public safety information systems while supporting two R&D100 Award winning programs... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 10:30am - 11:50am EDT
Zoom

10:35am EDT

James Hart Guest Speaker in Arts Entrepreneurship Class
James Hart will be the guest speaker in Arts Entrepreneurship Class and will discuss Arts Venture Startup Strategies.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Dr. Jonathan Gangi at jjg27@psu.edu and he will provide you with the Zoom link.

This event is sponsored by Penn State College of Arts and Architecture

Speakers
avatar for James Hart

James Hart

Director of Arts Entrepreneurship; Professor of Practice, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
James Hart has won numerous pedagogical awards and innovation honors. He is a professor of practice at Meadows School of the Arts, serving as director of Arts Entrepreneurship and director of the Meadows Artist Bridge. The Meadows Artist Bridge, designed by Hart, facilitates Meadows... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 10:35am - 11:50am EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Innovators in Mental Health Care During a Pandemic...and Beyond
Please join us for our upcoming virtual LaunchBox Ladies event on Thursday, March 25th from noon – 1:15pm titled “Innovators in Mental Health Care During a Pandemic…and Beyond”. This program is being offered in partnership with the Penn State Lehigh Valley student-run Psychology Club. The event will feature industry experts from the popular app Calm, Mantra Health, and St. Luke’s University Health Network. During this program, our speakers will discuss game changing entrepreneurial solutions their companies have developed for addressing pressing mental health care issues that have become prevalent as a result of the pandemic.

Our speakers include:
  • Omar Dawood - Chief Medical Officer, Calm
  • Kelly Carleton – Clinical Operations Director, Mantra Health
  • Jody McCloud-Missmer – Network Administrator, Behavioral Health, St. Luke’s University Health Network

Moderator:
  • Alexis Matlack - Student, Psychology Club President, Penn State Lehigh Valley

NOTE: At the end of the program, attendees will be invited to stay on for open Q&A and networking!

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovators-in-mental-health-care-during-a-pandemicand-beyond-tickets-145075178765.

This event is being sponsored by Penn State Lehigh Valley and St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Moderators
avatar for Alexis Matlack

Alexis Matlack

Student, Psychology Club President, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Speakers
avatar for Omar Dawood

Omar Dawood

Chief Medical Officer, Calm
avatar for Kelly Carleton

Kelly Carleton

Clinical Operations Director, Mantra Health
avatar for Jody McCloud-Missmer

Jody McCloud-Missmer

Network Administrator, St. Luke’s University Health Network



Thursday March 25, 2021 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
Zoom

2:00pm EDT

An Introduction to The Corner
We invite you to join us on a virtual tour of The Corner, Penn State New Kensington's Innovation Hub and coworking space. Take a look at our facilities and learn how Launchbox and other programming integrate with a start-up minded coworking space that serves both students, PSNK staff & faculty, and the community as a whole.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkf-GpqzMoE9ETFr-0EqohjW6B0TR6JNTp?fbclid=IwAR2sJq3Tz1yIzmcC8TNq_al_uq850sRlNzgYdvXu7taznMF_3O50PPj_w0Y.

This event is sponsored by Penn State New Kensington and The Corner Launchbox

Speakers
AP

Alyssa Pistininzi

Education Planning & Strategy Manager, Penn State New Kensington



Thursday March 25, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:30pm EDT

Marketing to Your Ideal Customer
If marketing isn't working for your business or you've hit a plateau, you need to hear this.

Learn how to make marketing easier, and more effective for your business by identifying and marketing to people who actually want to buy from you.

But there's so much noise out there so how do you stand out?

All great marketing starts with WHO.

Discover how to find who your ideal customer is and how to attract them using the latest trends in marketing.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://engage.tassl.com/event/8639/.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Great Valley.

Speakers
avatar for Yasmin George

Yasmin George

Founder + CEO, Trend Lab Marketing
Yasmin George has nearly 20 years of experience running marketing departments for Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies as well as cutting edge start-ups. She creates marketing engines for businesses to deliver prospects and drive growth specializing in the use of direct response marketing... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:35pm EDT

How Weebly Found Product-Market Fit

Speakers
avatar for David Rusenko '07

David Rusenko '07

Head of eCommerce, Square
David Rusenko is the Head of eCommerce at Square. He previously started a company called Weebly while a student at Penn State, where he was a 2007 graduate of the IST program. Weebly was acquired by Square in 2018 for $365M and now forms the foundation for Square's online solutions... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 4:35pm - 5:50pm EDT
Zoom

4:45pm EDT

What is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?
An ecosystem is defined as a complex network or interconnected system. Join us for a lively panel discussion that will take the mystery out of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem and shed some light on interesting stories and projects – all while sharing info on how to get connected now or in the future!
Our panelists for this session include the Startup Alleghenies Entrepreneur Coaches who represent the 6-county southern Alleghenies region.

  • Matt Fox, Entrepreneur Coach - Blair County, Altoona Blair County Economic Development Corporation (BA ‘95)
  • Blake Fleegle, Entrepreneurial Coach - Cambria County, JARI
  • Christa McGeary, Entrepreneur Coach - Huntingdon County, HCBI (BS ‘13, Sheetz Fellow)
  • Matt Reckner, Entrepreneurship Coach, Somerset County

Registration is required for this event.  You can register here: http://bit.ly/EntEcosystem.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Altoona and Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Fox '95

Matt Fox '95

Entrepreneur Coach, Blair County, Altoona Blair County Economic Development Corporation
avatar for Blake Fleegle

Blake Fleegle

Entrepreneurial Coach, Cambria County, JARI
avatar for Christa McGeary '13

Christa McGeary '13

Entrepreneur Coach, Huntingdon County, HCBI
avatar for Matt Reckner

Matt Reckner

Entrepreneurship Coach, Somerset County


Thursday March 25, 2021 4:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Zoom

5:00pm EDT

Show & Tell - The UnisBrands Story
Nicholas Unis was an 18 year old freshman at Penn State Altoona when he started his own business. After multiple iterations and a huge amount of unwavering perseverance, Nicholas is now the CEO of UnisBrands, LLC, a custom sustainable sneaker manufacturer. Sharing information about his entrepreneurial journey, Nicholas will explain how his company is “Turning Plastic Waste Into a Wearable Statement”.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: http://bit.ly/UnisStory. This event is open to all Penn State students.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Altoona and Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite Family

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Unis '20

Nicholas Unis '20

Founder/CEO, UnisBrands, LLC


Thursday March 25, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Zoom

5:15pm EDT

The Impact of Offering Good Services with Janna Morales (Presented in Spanish)
Marketing professional Janna Morales brings more than 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship aimed at getting the greatest results from people by motivating and accompanying the undertakings in each of their phases. Morales also has extensive experience in sales, market research and national and international business consulting.

This event is pre-recorded. Check back at https://hazleton.launchbox.psu.edu/startup-week-2021 closer to the start date for a link to view the webinar.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox.

Speakers

Thursday March 25, 2021 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Virtual

6:00pm EDT

3D Printing Workshop
Learn about the 3D printing industry and how 3D printers can be used to create a first
prototype for a business idea.

Registration is not required for this event. Click to Join.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Berks.

Speakers
JC

Jake Cumens

3D Printing Coordinator- Entrepreneurship Club, Penn State Berks



Thursday March 25, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

Virtual Student Recognition Reception
Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC culminates with a celebration of student entrepreneurs and innovators in technology, health, the arts, education, sustainability, and global impact. At this year’s virtual recognition reception, Penn State President Barron will honor student teams who placed or advanced in university-wide challenges and competitions during Startup Week and throughout the academic year.

Speakers
avatar for Leonardo Girlando

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 →
avatar for Eric J. Barron

Eric J. Barron

President, The Pennsylvania State University
Eric J. Barron began his tenure as the 18th president of The Pennsylvania State University on May 12, 2014. Previously, Barron served as president of Florida State. He has more than 35 years of leadership experience in academic administration, education, research and public service... Read More →


Thursday March 25, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Zoom

6:00pm EDT

LION Tank™ Pitch Competition
Join us for the finals of the LION Tank™ Pitch Competition!  

This competition is open to all PSU students – any campus, any major and open to staff, faculty and the local community. All finalists will get a dedicated pitch coach to work with to prepare for competition. Coaches are members of our campus’ Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. First prize $1,500 and second prize $1,000 awards are sponsored by Patriot Federal Credit Union.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Mont Alto and the Penn State Mont Alto LaunchBox

Thursday March 25, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Virtual

7:00pm EDT

Branding and Communication for Success with Rayvelis Roa (Presented in Spanish)
At a time when social networks monopolize much of our attention, effective communication becomes a fundamental tool to be able to sell or present our products and services. Rayvelis will share effective communication and branding techniques for ourselves and our businesses.

This event is pre-recorded. Please check back at https://hazleton.launchbox.psu.edu/startup-week-2021 closer to the start date for a link to view the webinar.

This event sponsored by Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox and is presented in partnership with Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks.

Speakers

Thursday March 25, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Virtual
 
Friday, March 26
 

8:00am EDT

My Journey from IST to Cybersecurity Leader

Speakers
avatar for Luke Simonetti '07

Luke Simonetti '07

Global Security Practice Lead, Senior Expert Partner, Gartner, Inc.
Luke Simonetti is a 2007 graduate of the College of IST at Penn State, and he currently works at Gartner, Inc. where he leads the Global Security and Risk Management Consulting practice. Luke is an experienced security expert and works with organizations ranging from the Fortune 100... Read More →


Friday March 26, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am EDT
Zoom

9:00am EDT

Open Office Hours with Rhonda Schuldt
Have an idea for a business? In conjunction with Penn State University's Start Up Week, Rhonda Schuldt will host virtual Open Office Hours to answer your questions, discuss your plan, and connect you to free resources and programs.

Registration is required. Please select a meeting time via this link: https://bit.ly/3u6DmJL.

This event is sponsored by Penn State New Kensington and The Corner Launchbox.  

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Schuldt

Rhonda Schuldt

Innovation Coordinator, Penn State New Kensington
Rhonda Schuldt is the Innovation Coordinator for Penn State New Kensington and The Corner, and the leader of this year's Idea TestLab Series and Opportunity Accelerators. She is also the Founder and President of The Synergos Group LLC, a private consulting practice created to help... Read More →



Friday March 26, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom

11:15am EDT

My Journey from IST to Cybersecurity Leader

Speakers
avatar for Luke Simonetti '07

Luke Simonetti '07

Global Security Practice Lead, Senior Expert Partner, Gartner, Inc.
Luke Simonetti is a 2007 graduate of the College of IST at Penn State, and he currently works at Gartner, Inc. where he leads the Global Security and Risk Management Consulting practice. Luke is an experienced security expert and works with organizations ranging from the Fortune 100... Read More →


Friday March 26, 2021 11:15am - 12:05pm EDT
Zoom

12:15pm EDT

Beyond the Bottom Line: What's a Social Enterprise?
An increasing number of businesses exist not only to turn a profit, but to address a social or environmental mission. Learn what it means to be a triple-bottom line business, and the intersection of social entrepreneurship and certified Benefit Corporations. We’ll hear examples from two social enterprises, one local and one international, and learn the process for becoming a certified B Corp.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-bottom-line-whats-a-social-enterprise-tickets-145122089075.

This event is sponsored by Penn State BerksBerks LaunchBox powered by Penn StatePenn State Hazleton
and Hazleton LaunchBox

Speakers
avatar for Adis Ozuna

Adis Ozuna

General Manager/Founding Partner, Dominican Access
Graduated in architecture from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. Ozuna also completed a master’s degree in architectural design with a specialty in universal accessibility and design for all. She brings experience in architectural project management, interior design and... Read More →
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Sarah Payne

Impact Consulting Manager, ASSETS
Sarah Payne is the Impact Consulting Manager at ASSETS. Through her experience working with nonprofits and for-profit businesses to create change in both local and global contexts, she furthers her passion for deploying collaborative strategies to build a more just, equitable, and... Read More →
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Jennie Groff

Co-owner and CEO, Stroopies, Inc.


Friday March 26, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Zoom

12:15pm EDT

Entrepreneurship Webinar: Entrepreneurship Assistance Clinic
Learn about how the Entrepreneurship Assistance Clinic can provide legal services for student startups”

Registration is not required for this event. Click to Join.

This event is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Club at Penn State Berks, the Flemming CEED Center, and Penn State Berks.

Speakers
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Vivian Etter

Staff Attorney, Penn State Law Entrepreneurship Clinic
Vivian Etter oversees student interns in the Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic located at the LaunchBox at Penn State. Along with providing educational advice to walk-in clients on business entities, organizations, and other legal considerations, Vivian also assists with the representation... Read More →



Friday March 26, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Zoom

2:30pm EDT

How Scientists Make the Best CEOs, Dr. Michael Myers speaking in BMB 211 Elementary Biochemistry Course
Dr. Michael Myers will be Dr. Xiong’s Elementary Biochemistry class to discuss his successful career in startups and outline how scientists make the best CEO’s.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Eberly College of Science

Speakers
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Michael Myers, PhD

Chairman and CEO, Quoin Pharmaceuticals
Michael Myers is a co-founder of and the Chairman and CEO of Quoin Pharmaceuticals, a company dedicated to developing products that treat rare and orphan diseases for which there are currently no approved treatments or cures. He has spent more than 30 years in the drug delivery and... Read More →


Friday March 26, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom

5:00pm EDT

Fostering Our Future: A Conversation with Gisele Fetterman and Noe Ortega on Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Education
Giselle Fetterman, Pennsylvania's Second Lady and Marie Hardin, dean of Penn State's Bellisario College of Communications, will share a conversation about the importance of fostering youth entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania. Learn more about Pennsylvania's education policies on K-12 entrepreneurship education, how K-12 entrepreneurship education helps fuel a future of job growth, new venture creation, a competitive edge for Pennsylvania businesses and positive social change across our Commonwealth.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship.  

Moderators
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Marie Hardin

Dean of the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, Professor of Journalism

Speakers
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Gisele Barreto Fetterman

Second Lady, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Gisele Barreto Fetterman was born in Brazil and emigrated to the U.S. as a child, living as an undocumented immigrant for more than a decade.She is an access and equity advocate, a hugger, and the Second Lady of Pennsylvania.As Second Lady, Gisele in 2019 opened the swimming pool... Read More →


Friday March 26, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Zoom

5:00pm EDT

Social Entrepreneurship: A Success Story with Adis Ozuna (Presented in Spanish)
Ozuna will share the story of her social entrepreneur project Dominican Access. The project is the result of the strategic alliance of leading companies specialized in different fields in the field of universal accessibility and design. With nearly 30 years’ experience, Dominican Access offers the search and implementation of comprehensive solutions that generate competitive advantages in accordance with the reality and new trends in the sector.

This event is pre-recorded. Please check back at https://hazleton.launchbox.psu.edu/startup-week-2021 closer to the start date for a link to view the webinar.

This event is sponsored by hosted Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox hosted in partnership with Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks.

Speakers
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Adis Ozuna

General Manager/Founding Partner, Dominican Access
Graduated in architecture from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. Ozuna also completed a master’s degree in architectural design with a specialty in universal accessibility and design for all. She brings experience in architectural project management, interior design and... Read More →


Friday March 26, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Virtual
 
Sunday, March 28
 

4:00pm EDT

Dare to Dream Competition (Pilot Program)
The North Central PA LaunchBox is hosting a virtual “Big Idea Competition” for the DuBois Area School District-High School Students.  The program would look for new product development ideas or an idea for a new business that would help support the local economy.  This program would be broken down into four components (application submittal, workplan development, pitch training and finale).  Applications due by the end of March. Workplan and Pitch trainings in April from SBDC/Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Finale in May in front of local judges.

Visit https://dubois.psu.edu/covid-19-ncpa-launchbox-resources for the competition rules. You can apply to participate at: https://bit.ly/3iCGXcV.

This event is sponsored by Penn State DuBois and North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois

Sunday March 28, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Virtual
 
Tuesday, March 30
 

5:00pm EDT

Preparing a Small Business Plan and Financial Projections
The best way to prevent business failure is to plan your business properly from the start. This workshop assists entrepreneurs in starting down the path to successful business ownership by learning the steps to successfully prepare a business plan and financial projections. This program will be hosted in partnership with the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Hazleton and Hazleton LaunchBox.

Speakers
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Lucy Singer

Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University
Lucy E. Singer specializes in preparing comprehensive business plans that include financial forecasts and marketing research. In addition, she provides general management and start up assistance, as well as instructing educational programs and training seminars for the Small Business... Read More →


Tuesday March 30, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Wednesday, March 31
 

6:00pm EDT

Lou Martarano’s BS/MBA Program Seminar
Dr. Michael Myers will present to the BS/MBA Program students to discuss his successful career in startups and outline how scientists make the best CEO’s.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Eberly College of Science

Speakers
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Michael Myers, PhD

Chairman and CEO, Quoin Pharmaceuticals
Michael Myers is a co-founder of and the Chairman and CEO of Quoin Pharmaceuticals, a company dedicated to developing products that treat rare and orphan diseases for which there are currently no approved treatments or cures. He has spent more than 30 years in the drug delivery and... Read More →


Wednesday March 31, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Zoom