Success Stories

Kenneth Frazier, chairman and CEO of global biopharmaceutical company Merck, will be the keynote speaker and honorary co-chair for the 2021 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, which takes place April 15-16. Frazier’s keynote will be a virtual fireside chat with Penn State President Eric Barron at 2 p.m.…
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Sometimes we forget that school plays a greater role in many students’ lives than simply learning reading, writing, math, and core subjects with subsequent tests and grades. For many students, school is the only place where critical life skills, including their social and emotional abilities, will be cultivated before they…
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85 virtual events inspire students, provide resources across eight colleges and 13 campuses Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC inspired and empowered more than 2,000 University community members, covering a breadth of entrepreneurial topics and offering a diverse array of expert speakers through 85 virtual events. From live musical…
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The Summer Founders program selected five teams from a pool of applicants spanning eight different Penn State campuses, four academic colleges, and The Graduate School at Penn State. The program cohort will get to participate in a 13-week entrepreneurial bootcamp, and each team will receive a $15,000 grant to work…
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Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC culminated with a celebration of student entrepreneurs and innovators in technology, health, sustainability, the arts, and global impact during the virtual student recognition reception on Thursday, March 25. “Their ideas will make our world safer, easier, faster, better—and maybe even more fun,” said…
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Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC returns in an all-virtual format, March 22-26. Startup Week provides Penn State students from all campuses diverse opportunities to explore and fully immerse themselves in entrepreneurship.  Now in its fifth year as a university-wide event, the week will include keynote speakers Natalie Nixon…
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Deadline to apply is Feb. 19 for matchmaking event between startups and venture capital investors. The 2021 fully virtual Invent Penn State Venture and IP (VIP) Conference, being held April 15-16, is accepting applications for entrepreneurs to participate in Venture Connection, an online event where capital-seeking startups can have face-to-face…
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Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC will take place online from March 22 to 26. Startup Week brings together the best and brightest Penn State students to network and learn from alumni entrepreneurs and innovators during a week-long entrepreneurship immersion. The event spans all academic colleges, Penn State Commonwealth…
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Deadline to apply is Feb. 14. The Summer Founders program will be all-virtual in summer 2021 and is now accepting applications. The program provides $15,000 to entrepreneurial teams with at least one Penn State student founder from any campus to work on their startup, social good, or nonprofit idea over…
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