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Third day of Startup Week themed ‘social impact’

University Park, PA – In its seventh year, Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC will now feature uniquely themed days with featured speakers, interactive events, and late-night activities throughout the week. The third day of Startup Week, Wednesday, March 22, is themed Social Impact, with the following highlights:

Featured events:

Restoring Integrity to the Oceans, 9:45 am – 10:45 am: Learn about the social impact of Ocean Integrity, and its business model of empowering local communities to help clean up the world’s oceans.

Art Activism and Social Impact, 11:00 am – Noon: Join art activist and former professional football player Aaron Maybin as he tells the story of his decision to walk away from professional football to pursue a career as a professional artist, activist, author, educator.

OriginLabs Open House, 2 pm – 4 pm: Drop by OriginLabs, the brand-new prototyping and product development facilities located on the first and mezzanine levels of the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub. Swing by for a casual visit on the eve of our “Ribbon Cutting” to chat with technicians, check out equipment, and explore the various lab spaces.  Learn how OriginLabs can be a resource for you!

Create an Upcycled Fashion Brand, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Come check out this fun, sustainable, and hands-on-making workshop where Maker Commons staff will challenge groups of students with a design prompt to create a new upcycled t-shirt brand that makes a statement.

Featured pitch competition:

Bardusch IdeaMakers Challenge Pitch Competition, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Watch teams of 2-5 undergraduate Penn State students who have an early-stage business idea with information technology as a core business model component compete for prize money.

After-hours event:

Happy Valley Improv Show, 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm: Join 2023 Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC for an after-hours stand-up comedy, networking, and social event.

In addition, the Brazilian Munchies food truck will be parked at the back of the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm each day of Startup Week.

Be sure to view the full Startup Week schedule and register ahead of time for the events you’d like to attend.

About Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC

An integral part of the broader Invent Penn State initiative, Startup Week powered by PNC is a University-wide event that connects students with innovative alumni and pioneers who are achieving success in a variety of industries and disciplines. Throughout the week, students discover, explore, experience and celebrate entrepreneurship.

For more information on Startup Week, including a full schedule of events, visit Participants can engage with and follow Startup Week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.