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Wednesday, November 1
 

1:00pm

Penn State Wilkes-Barre: Trip to Hershey Medical Center
Students enrolled in the Game Development minor will visit the Clinical Simulation Center at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and will learn how the principles of game theory can be applied to medical simulations. The center uses simulation-based education to train doctors using some of the same techniques students study in game development.  

Speakers
avatar for David Rodgers

David Rodgers

Manager, Clinical Simulation Center at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey
David Rodgers is the manager of the Clinical Simulation Center at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rodgers earned his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and Master’s Degree in Communications Studies from Marshall University. Clinically... Read More →


Wednesday November 1, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Hershey Medical Center, Clinical Simulation Center 500 University Ave., Hershey
 
Thursday, November 2
 

6:00pm

Fashion Society of Penn State Fashion Show
Fashion Society of Penn State will hold its second Fashion Show in collaboration with Meaghan Paige on November 2nd, 2017 at New Leaf Initiative. There will be a reception with food and drinks starting at 6pm. The fashion show will begin promptly at 7pm. All of the looks in the show are original creations from Meaghan Paige, a designer and Penn State alumna.

Thursday November 2, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
New Leaf Initiative 243 South Allen Street, State College
 
Saturday, November 4
 

10:00am

HackPSU
This November 4th, join us and nearly 600 students from across the nation for 24 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, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, swag, prizes, and much more!

GEW will be sponsoring ice cream at midnight.

Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - Sunday November 5, 2017 5:30pm
Westgate Building (former IST)
 
Tuesday, November 7
 

2:00pm

Penn State Wilkes-Barre: Classroom Connections
Classroom Connections will focus on strategies and resources to connect the academic and business communities both in and outside of the classroom. Terry Clemente will speak to her first-hand experiences with students becoming inspired through an outside-the-box approach to connecting her classroom to the local community, outside of the campus grounds. Meghan Flanagan and Holly Pilcavage from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber will  present about the successes that they have had and the tools they have used  to partner with Penn State Wilkes-Barre and with the local business  community, to drive academic growth and educational attainment for our  community of students. 

Speakers
avatar for Terry Clemente

Terry Clemente

Lecturer and Business Internship Coordinator, Penn State
Ms. Theresa Clemente is Lecturer of Business and Business Internship Coordinator. With extensive work experience in marketing research and her family business, Ms. Clemente brings a wealth of knowledge to her students. She was the 2017 recipient of the George W. Atherton Award... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Bell Technology Center, Room 14
 
Sunday, November 12
 

1:30pm

Live Streamed: Opening Remarks and Introduction
Come prepared to think big and have fun when you join us for a day filled with dynamic presentations from accomplished entrepreneurs. This event is funded in part by a donation from Invent Penn State and is hosted by the Penn State GEW Club. 

Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Higgins

Mark Higgins

Centre County Commissioner
Mark Higgins has participated in business turnarounds for most of his career and has been successful in six out of seven turnarounds, saving and creating hundreds of jobs. Because of his business background, Mark ran for Centre County Commissioner on an economic development and entrepreneurship... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Live Streamed Event

1:30pm

Kickoff: Opening Remarks and Introduction

Come prepared to think big and have fun when you join us for a day filled with dynamic presentations from accomplished entrepreneurs. This event is funded in part by a donation from Invent Penn State and is hosted by the Penn State GEW Club. Wraps and snacks will be available throughout the day, and popcorn will be served during the documentary film that begins at 7:00 p.m.

Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Higgins

Mark Higgins

Centre County Commissioner
Mark Higgins has participated in business turnarounds for most of his career and has been successful in six out of seven turnarounds, saving and creating hundreds of jobs. Because of his business background, Mark ran for Centre County Commissioner on an economic development and entrepreneurship... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

1:50pm

Live Streamed: Lessons Learned from Startup.com
The kickoff speaker is Tom Herman, serial entrepreneur and one of two founding members featured in the renowned Startup.com documentary. Full documentary available online at: http://bit.ly/2xOareR

 

Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.





Speakers
avatar for Tom Herman

Tom Herman

CEO and Co-Founder, Jetsemani Travel
Tom Herman is the CEO and co-founder of Jetsemani Travel, a supply-side platform for the hospitality industry. Prior to Jetsemani, Tom was the co-founder and CEO of DashBid, which grew to $32m in revenue in less than 3 years. Tom has been a co-founder or early employee at JumpTV... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Live Streamed Event

1:50pm

Kickoff: Lessons Learned from Startup.com
The kickoff speaker is Tom Herman, serial entrepreneur and one of two founding members featured in the renowned Startup.com documentary. Full documentary available online at: http://bit.ly/2xOareR

 

Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.





Speakers
avatar for Tom Herman

Tom Herman

CEO and Co-Founder, Jetsemani Travel
Tom Herman is the CEO and co-founder of Jetsemani Travel, a supply-side platform for the hospitality industry. Prior to Jetsemani, Tom was the co-founder and CEO of DashBid, which grew to $32m in revenue in less than 3 years. Tom has been a co-founder or early employee at JumpTV... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

3:00pm

Kickoff: Do Things That Don’t Scale — One Message at a Time
Speakers
avatar for Harshil Patel

Harshil Patel

Founder, Fit.Soul
Harshil Patel graduated from Penn State with one goal in mind, to eliminate mental illness. His brand, Fit.Soul inspires a healthy lifestyle and bridges the gap between today’s health industry and mindfulness. Harshil currently creates one-minute videos called Mindful Minute where... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

3:30pm

Kickoff: Leveraging Your College Experiences to Successfully Launch a Startup
Thirty-minute presentation

Speakers
avatar for Eli Kariv

Eli Kariv

Co-Founder, The Coding Space
Eli Kariv is the co-founder of The Coding Space, an after school program in New York City that teaches kids how to code. Eli started his company right out of college and they now teach 300 students per week and have 30 part-time and full-time employees. Prior to starting The Coding... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

4:05pm

Kickoff: Attracting Talent by Adding Value They Cannot Take to the Bank
Thirty-minute presentation

Speakers
avatar for Scott Woods

Scott Woods

Owner, West Arete
Scott Woods started West Arete in 2005 with no prior business experience, yet he benefited greatly from the collective support and experience of the Penn State and State College entrepreneur community. Today West Arete is a nationally recognized software development firm that continues... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 4:05pm - 4:35pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

4:50pm

Kickoff: Speed Pitching — Practice Your 60-Second Pitch

Six teams will have an amazing opportunity to practice their elevator pitch to Sunday's panel of speakers. After each pitch, each of the five speakers will be given 45 seconds to tell the team one area they did very well, one area that needs to be improved, or one area that they missed altogether. With the panel members' diverse experiences and backgrounds, this feedback can be extremely valuable.

To apply to be one of the six teams, contact Farabi Sameer, the PSECU GEW Endowed Intern, Founder of First Pick, and President of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Club, at farabisameer@gmail.com or visit https://gewclubpsu.typeform.com/to/qCAZdt.


Sunday November 12, 2017 4:50pm - 5:25pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

5:30pm

Kickoff: An Unexpected Pivot: Lessons Learned in a Journey from Drones to Software
Thirty-minute presentation

Speakers
avatar for Ben Brautigam

Ben Brautigam

Co-founder and CEO, Airnest
Ben Brautigam is the co-founder and CEO of Airnest, a startup designing flight planning and analytics software for the commercial drone industry. Ben is a seasoned UX designer and mobile developer and attained his master's degree from The George Washington University with a focus... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

6:00pm

Kickoff: Closing Remarks by Mark Higgins and Time to Network
Mark will quickly review the days events and invite all of the speakers to stay for 30 minutes to informally chat with audience members.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Higgins

Mark Higgins

Centre County Commissioner
Mark Higgins has participated in business turnarounds for most of his career and has been successful in six out of seven turnarounds, saving and creating hundreds of jobs. Because of his business background, Mark ran for Centre County Commissioner on an economic development and entrepreneurship... Read More →


Sunday November 12, 2017 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

7:00pm

Kickoff: She Started It - A Documentary on Entrepreneurial Women
Launched in 2013, She Started It is a feature-length documentary film on women who are tech entrepreneurs, shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Vietnam, Mississippi, and more, that aims to highlight successful role models for young women. It is the first film to show a behind the scenes view of running a tech startup as a young woman. This event will start with a viewing of the film, and then will be open for live discussion. 

Attendees will learn about the startup challenges and successes of entrepreneurial women from various areas of the world. The moderated session will allow students to ask questions and learn from a Penn State alumna who is currently building a successful business in Pennsylvania.

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Schipke

Melissa Schipke

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tassl
Melissa Schipke is founder and chief executive officer of Tassl, a company dedicated to building technologies that strengthen alumni networks and recognize graduates for contributions to their alma mater. The company was founded in 2014 and is currently being implemented at Penn State... Read More →

Sunday November 12, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College
 
Monday, November 13
 

11:30am

Penn State Altoona: Is My Idea Patentable? Using Patents to Help You "Make It!”
Bring your design project ideas to explore how entrepreneurs can protect their intellectual property with copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.
This is a free event. Please RSVP by Friday, November 10 to lal29@psu.edu

Sponsored by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Lysiak

Lori Lysiak

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Altoona


Monday November 13, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
202 Eiche Library

12:00pm

Live Streamed Keynote: Art of the Possible

Today’s global innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders are changing industries, cultures, and practices through digitization. They are tapping the cloud, mobile, and analytics technology to compete and set the new professional standards of performance. What does it mean? It means to go beyond what is expected and achieve the extraordinary. It’s the ability to harness innovation and knowledge to drive the “art of the possible” in order to achieve results and target new markets in a manner you never imagined. In 1946, IBM joined forces with universities to create the first academic program called “computer science.” The event changed industry, government, and academia forever. We are undergoing another major shift in how machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, blockchain, IoT, robotics, additive manufacturing, and cloud technology are coming together. Come learn how you can perform to drive the “art of the possible."

The event will be live streamed: http://live.libraries.psu.edu/Mediasite/Play/1a1b8bd3ce0d4b9383ea42145e28c7581d?catalog=8376d4b2-4dd1-457e-a3bf-e4cf9163feda    


Moderators
avatar for Daren Coudriet

Daren Coudriet

Director and Entrepreneur in Residence, Penn State EdTech Network
Daren Coudriet is the Director and Entrepreneur in Residence for the Penn State EdTech Network. He has devoted his entire career to helping organizations leverage and adapt to the change created by disruptive technologies. He established his first consulting firm while pursuing his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben Amaba

Ben Amaba

Global Executive, IBM Hybrid Cloud Division
Dr. Ben Amaba’s expertise is in executive management, strategic planning, operations, and engineering. He is responsible for health care, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and logistics industries. Dr. Amaba is the IBM Global executive for the IBM Hybrid Cloud Division and holds... Read More →

Sponsors

Monday November 13, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Live Streamed Event

12:00pm

Penn State Lehigh Valley: Entrepreneurial Assistance Clinic in Action
Thomas Sharbaugh will give an overview of resources and activities that he and his team provide and some legal advice for new entrepreneurs.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Sharbaugh

Thomas Sharbaugh

Professor of Practice, Entrepreneurial Assistance Clinic, Penn State Law
Professor Tom Sharbaugh brings more than 35 years of practice experience to the classroom. Until earlier this year, he was the firm-wide managing partner of operations at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, based in Philadelphia, a position he held for over 14 years.  In this position... Read More →


Monday November 13, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Penn State Lehigh Valley 2809 Saucon Valley Rd, Center Valley

12:00pm

Keynote: Art of the Possible
Today’s global innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders are changing industries, cultures, and practices through digitization. They are tapping the cloud, mobile, and analytics technology to compete and set the new professional standards of performance. What does it mean? It means to go beyond what is expected and achieve the extraordinary. It’s the ability to harness innovation and knowledge to drive the “art of the possible” in order to achieve results and target new markets in a manner you never imagined. In 1946, IBM joined forces with universities to create the first academic program called “computer science.” The event changed industry, government, and academia forever. We are undergoing another major shift in how machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, blockchain, IoT, robotics, additive manufacturing, and cloud technology are coming together. Come learn how you can perform to drive the “art of the possible."

To register, click here.

Moderators
avatar for Daren Coudriet

Daren Coudriet

Director and Entrepreneur in Residence, Penn State EdTech Network
Daren Coudriet is the Director and Entrepreneur in Residence for the Penn State EdTech Network. He has devoted his entire career to helping organizations leverage and adapt to the change created by disruptive technologies. He established his first consulting firm while pursuing his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben Amaba

Ben Amaba

Global Executive, IBM Hybrid Cloud Division
Dr. Ben Amaba’s expertise is in executive management, strategic planning, operations, and engineering. He is responsible for health care, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and logistics industries. Dr. Amaba is the IBM Global executive for the IBM Hybrid Cloud Division and holds... Read More →

Sponsors

Monday November 13, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
102 Paterno Library, Foster Auditorium

12:00pm

SCORE: Speed Counseling for Businesses and Nonprofits
Are you looking to start or grow your business or nonprofit? Meet one-on-one with a SCORE mentor and receive expert counseling and advice on many aspects of business planning, nonprofit management, and growth. SCORE is a nonprofit association of business counselors who foster vibrant small business and nonprofit communities through mentoring and education. Appointments are 15-30 minutes and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Downsbrough Community Room, Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S Allen St, State College, PA 16801


Monday November 13, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Schlow Centre Region Library 211 S. Allen Street, State College

12:15pm

Penn State Berks: Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: “INTRAPRENEURSHIP”
Speakers
avatar for Heather Chandler

Heather Chandler

President, Sealstrip
Heather Chandler is the President of Sealstrip, a flexible packaging manufacturer of easy-open and reclosable features, located in Gilbertsville, PA. Ms. Chandler holds an undergraduate degree in Education and an MBA from Penn State, and a law degree from Temple University. She recently... Read More →
avatar for Travis Getz

Travis Getz

Vice President of Operations, Reading Bakery
A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and US Navy veteran, Mr. Getz joined RBS in 2001. Since then, he has held positions of increasing responsibility including Electrical Engineer, Project Engineer, and Director of Engineering. In his current... Read More →


Monday November 13, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
121 Gaige Building

12:15pm

Penn State Fayette: LinkedIn…troduction!
Linkedin…troduction will provide undergraduate students with a basic understanding of LinkedIn with emphasis on profile creation and development.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Patrick Wilt

Steven Patrick Wilt

Career Services Coordinator, Penn State


Monday November 13, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Student Success Center, 107 Williams Building 2201 University Drive, Lemont Furnace

1:00pm

Penn State Altoona: Conversation With Successful Entrepreneurial Women
Talk with successful entrepreneurial women about how they got started, their challenges and opportunities. A great networking opportunity.
This is a free event. Please RSVP to sas79@psu.edu.

Sponsored by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Laura Bell

Dr. Laura Bell

Co-owner, Advanced Chiropractic
Dr. Laura Bell graduated from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Bell had the unique experience of traveling to India while she was in chiropractic school. She was part of a group of chiropractic students that treated thousands of underserved... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Arela Rivas

Dr. Arela Rivas

Owner, Blair County Acupuncture

Sponsors

Monday November 13, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Altoona LaunchBox 1331 12th Avenue, Altoona

1:00pm

Live Streamed: Penn State Abington: Engineering 310: Entrepreneurial Leadership
Robert Zigmund, a Penn State Abington student and the 1st prize winner of the Abington LaunchBox business plan competition, will discuss his successful business venture from 1:00 p.m. until 1:20 p.m.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., students from Dan Goldberg's ENGR310 class will present, juried by members of the Abington College ENTI Minor Board.

This is a live streamed event.  https://psu.zoom.us/j/520177274

Speakers
avatar for Gary Calore

Gary Calore

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Penn State
Gary Calore is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State Abington.
avatar for Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg

Lecturer in Business, Penn State
Dan Goldberg, MBA, is a Lecturer in Business at Penn State Abington.
avatar for Robert Zigmund

Robert Zigmund

Founder, Bird's Eye Drone Productions
Robert Zigmund is a student at Penn State Abington and the founder of Bird's Eye Drone Productions. 


Monday November 13, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:00pm

Penn State Abington: Engineering 310: Entrepreneurial Leadership
Robert Zigmund, a Penn State Abington student and the 1st prize winner of the Abington LaunchBox business plan competition, will discuss his successful business venture from 1:00 p.m. until 1:20 p.m.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., students from Dan Goldberg's ENGR310 class will present, juried by members of the Abington College ENTI Minor Board.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Calore

Gary Calore

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Penn State
Gary Calore is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State Abington.
avatar for Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg

Lecturer in Business, Penn State
Dan Goldberg, MBA, is a Lecturer in Business at Penn State Abington.
avatar for Robert Zigmund

Robert Zigmund

Founder, Bird's Eye Drone Productions
Robert Zigmund is a student at Penn State Abington and the founder of Bird's Eye Drone Productions. 


Monday November 13, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
222 Sutherland Building

3:30pm

Turning Societal Problems Into Opportunities
Attend this workshop and learn how to turn a problem you see in the world into an opportunity. By the end of the workshop, you may even want to launch your own social enterprise!

Speakers
avatar for Jared Yarnall-Schane

Jared Yarnall-Schane

Entrepreneurial Lead, Thought For Food
Jared Yarnall-Schane is the Program Director of Thought For Food, a nonprofit organization that engages and empowers next generation leaders to feed 9+ billion people by the year 2050. TFF reaches around 3,000 youth from 120 countries every year, and has helped to launch 35 social... Read More →


Monday November 13, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

6:00pm

Hospitality Entrepreneurship
Insights into entrepreneurship and the challenges and rewards of starting your own business.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Ricketts

Bob Ricketts

Owner, Fasta & Ravioli Co.
A native of State College, Bob Ricketts has been in the food manufacturing business since graduating from Penn State. He has grown Fasta & Ravioli Co. from a small storefront in downtown State College into an operation that serves customers and a dozen restaurants from its three locations... Read More →


Monday November 13, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
360 Willard Building

6:00pm

IBM Partner: Her Journey from Consultant to Partner (NCG)
Come meet Jade Chen, one of IBM's youngest partners to date, and learn about her story — from being an undergraduate at Penn State to her struggles entering into the workplace and her transition to partner. She is also accepting resumes!

Speakers
avatar for Jade Chen

Jade Chen

Program Executive, IBM's CX platform
As Program Executive of IBM's CX platform, I cultivate opportunities for experience-led digital transformations that drive the core of Customer Engagement for my clients. Today, my team’s solutions are deriving actionable insights for exciting venues such as the Atlanta Falcons... Read More →


Monday November 13, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
160 Willard Building

6:00pm

CBICC 'Flavor Flight': Handcrafting a Distillery Business
Hear from one of Centre County’s popular craft distillery entrepreneurs, while sampling “tamed down” versions of popular Big Spring Spirits cocktails.
 


Speakers
avatar for Kevin Lloyd

Kevin Lloyd

Co-Owner and Production Manager, Big Spring Spirits Distillery
Kevin Lloyd is from Marion Center, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University where he earned a degree in molecular and cell biology. Kevin was co-owner of Exygen Research for 6 years. He continues to engage his scientific talents with his creation of Big Spring... Read More →



Monday November 13, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
CBICC Board Room 131 S. Fraser St., Suite 1, State College

6:00pm

EdTech Network's $100,000 Nittany AI Challenge

Join us for this highly engaging ideation session during which individuals and teams will be challenged and inspired to dream up ideas for how Artificial Intelligence can be used to improve the student experience at Penn State. These ideas can be the first step into the EdTech Network’s Nittany AI Challenge, a semester long challenge offering a pool of $100,000 to support the development of these ideas into reality. Experience with development and Artificial Intelligence is not required, only the willingness to think creatively and the ambition to solve problems. The Nittany AI Challenge is a program designed to inspire teams of Penn State students, faculty, and staff to develop and demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can be used to improve the student experience at Penn State and beyond. This is a semester-long program, that culminates in the summer of 2018, aimed at accelerating adoption of AI technologies and sparking creative, innovative ideas that solve real problems.

Register here.

 


Speakers
avatar for Daren Coudriet

Daren Coudriet

Director and Entrepreneur in Residence, Penn State EdTech Network
Daren Coudriet is the Director and Entrepreneur in Residence for the Penn State EdTech Network. He has devoted his entire career to helping organizations leverage and adapt to the change created by disruptive technologies. He established his first consulting firm while pursuing his... Read More →


Monday November 13, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

6:30pm

Pennsylvania Business Resources
Are you interested in starting a small business in Pennsylvania? Come learn about the extensive business resources available to Pennsylvania residents. Explore how to conduct company and industry research, find business plans, and collect local and national demographics and statistics.  

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for LaMonica Wiggins

LaMonica Wiggins

Entrepreneurship Librarian, Penn State University Libraries
As the Entrepreneurship Librarian in the Schreyer Business Library at Penn State University Park campus, LaMonica Wiggins supports students, faculty, staff, and the public with their entrepreneurial research and business information needs. Her focus areas include business planning... Read More →


Monday November 13, 2017 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Schlow Centre Region Library 211 S. Allen Street, State College

6:30pm

Penn State Altoona: Student Entrepreneur Panel
College is a great time to start your business. Learn how current students launched their ventures, how they balance classes and their businesses, and what their future plans are.

Hosted by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Kayla Boucher

Kayla Boucher

Owner, Kayla's House Cleaning Service
Kayla Boucher is a student at Penn State Altoona and the owner of Kayla's House Cleaning Service.
avatar for Tim Campolong

Tim Campolong

Owner, Home Service Center
Tim Campolong is a student at Penn State Altoona and the owner of Home Service Center, offering landscaping and other home services.
avatar for Jordan McCall

Jordan McCall

Partner, J&J Outdoors
Jordan McCall started hunting when he was just 9 years old. Harvesting his first deer with his dad, he got hooked immediately. Hunting has been in his family and his blood for a long time. From his pap, Robert McCall, to his pap's pap, it’s been all about putting food on the... Read More →
avatar for Laura Shaeffer

Laura Shaeffer

Owner, LaDaDa Beauty
Laura Shaeffer is a Penn State student and freelance make-up artist whose work appeared in Women's Health Magazine.


Monday November 13, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence 1309 11th Avenue, Altoona

7:00pm

Overview of Foundation Directory Online for Nonprofits & Individuals
Are you a student, artist, or researcher? Is your nonprofit looking for grants? This session will offer a brief glimpse into the Foundation Directories, where nonprofits and individuals can find information about grant makers, grants, and additional funding resources. Free access to the Directories is now available within Schlow Library at all public computing stations.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Karen Lambert

Karen Lambert

Librarian, Schlow Centre Region Library
Karen Lambert joined the Adult Department at Schlow Library in 2010, and is currently one of three Adult Librarians. She provides reference and technology support for patrons, assists with program development for summer reading and community outreach events, and manages several collections... Read More →


Monday November 13, 2017 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Schlow Centre Region Library 211 S. Allen Street, State College
 
Tuesday, November 14
 

8:00am

Penn State Altoona: Entrepreneur in Residence
Students will meet with Sarah Vogel to get immediate feedback on big ideas and career goals. 

Hosted by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Vogel

Sarah Vogel

Owner and Artist, The Clay Cup
Sarah Vogel, owner and artist at The Clay Cup was born and raised in Bellwood, PA. Her passion for art, people, and historic Downtown Altoona began at a young age. She feels that coffee+art is a great way to bring life to the downtown area, bring people in the community together... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 8:00am - 12:05pm
The Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence 1309 11th Avenue, Altoona

10:00am

Satisfy Your Need for Speed…Networking

You're Invited to Satisfy Your Need for Speed… Networking

Please join us for a speed networking activity coordinated by Mark Bamat from State College Young Professionals. This is a great way to introduce yourself and your company to a significant number of your peers in a relatively short amount of time.

Take advantage of this opportunity to make new connections or reinforce existing connections, and potentially open doors to numerous possibilities. Registration for this activity is limited to the first 40 individuals.


Moderators
avatar for Mark Bamat

Mark Bamat

Vice President, GB Accounting Services
Mark Bamat was born and raised in State College, graduating from State College Area High School in 2006. He attended Johnson & Wales University where he obtained his bachelor's degree as a University Honor's Scholar. Mark has worked the majority of his career in hospitality operations... Read More →

Tuesday November 14, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Nittany Lion Inn

11:30am

Keynote: GEW “Business of Positive Change” Luncheon
Join us for the PSECU annual GEW luncheon at the Nittany Lion Inn. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Erin Weidemann, author, small business owner, and Penn State grad will be speaking about her transition from Penn State student to entrepreneur and the hurdles she encountered along the way. Erin is a teacher turned entrepreneur, co-founder of Bible Belles, an international multimedia company, and is host of the award-winning podcast, Heroes For Her. She is a former member of the Penn State women's softball team, a nationally recognized speaker, and the author of four books. Erin is also a five-time cancer survivor who lives in San Diego, California with her husband, Brent, and their daughter, Rooney.

Registration is now closed for this event.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Weidemann

Erin Weidemann

Co-Founder, Bible Belles
Erin Weidemann is a teacher turned entrepreneur. Co-founder of Bible Belles, an international multimedia company, Erin is also host of the award-winning podcast, Heroes For Her. She is a former member of the Penn State women's softball team, a nationally recognized speaker, and... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Nittany Lion Inn

12:00pm

Arts Entrepreneurship Program Guest Speaker: Arts and Design Marketing
Katherine will present her approach to marketing, and will offer suggestions and a workshop to help artists and designers develop and improve their marketing skills.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Gangi

Jonathan Gangi

Professor in Arts Entrepreneurship, Penn State
Jonathan J. Gangi was appointed the College of Arts and Architecture’s inaugural Professor in Arts Entrepreneurship in 2014. He is an affiliate faculty member in the School of Music, offering instruction in classical guitar. Gangi works with academic faculty across the college... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katherine O'Hara

Katherine O'Hara

Founder, The O'Hara Project
Katherine O'Hara is founder of The O'Hara Project, an integrated marketing firm offering marketing, public relations and ideation services. The O'Hara Project's clients include Fortune 100, startups and nonprofits. O'Hara has been honored with more than 200 industry awards and is... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Palmer Museum of Art Auditorium

12:00pm

Live Streamed: Penn State Scranton: Business Idea Competition
Live stream event — business idea competition

https://psu.zoom.us/j/661970696
 

Moderators
avatar for Jim Frese

Jim Frese

Instructor, Business and Economics, Penn State
Professor and Business Program Coordinator Penn State Worthington Scranton

Speakers
avatar for Frank Sorokach

Frank Sorokach

Instructor, Business and Economics, Penn State


Tuesday November 14, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Live Streamed Event

12:00pm

Penn State Lehigh Valley: On the Waterfront – Exciting Development in Allentown
During his presentation, Zac will detail the Waterfront project being built at the site of the old Lehigh Structural Steel plant in Allentown. Located in a Neighborhood Improvement Zone ("NIZ"), the redevelopment effort will increase the tax base by over $3.8 million and bring an estimated 2900 jobs to Allentown. The site is spread over 26 acres along the Lehigh River.

Speakers
avatar for Zachary J. Jaindl

Zachary J. Jaindl

Co-Founder and COO, Jaindl Enterprises
Zachary J. Jaindl, co-founder of Jaindl Enterprises, currently serves as Chief Operations Officer where he oversees both long-term and day-to-day operations, portfolio acquisitions, and development efforts; formulates ongoing marketing strategies; and directly manages each of the... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Penn State Lehigh Valley 2809 Saucon Valley Rd, Center Valley

12:00pm

Penn State Scranton: Business Idea Competition
Live stream event — business idea competition 

Moderators
avatar for Jim Frese

Jim Frese

Instructor, Business and Economics, Penn State
Professor and Business Program Coordinator Penn State Worthington Scranton

Speakers
avatar for Frank Sorokach

Frank Sorokach

Instructor, Business and Economics, Penn State


Tuesday November 14, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Business Building, Room 201

1:30pm

Arts Entrepreneurship Program Guest Speaker: Launching an Arts and Design Enterprise

Katherine will tell the story of how she started and now sustains her design business, and will give startup advice and a workshop for artists and designers who want to start their own arts and design ventures. 


Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Gangi

Jonathan Gangi

Professor in Arts Entrepreneurship, Penn State
Jonathan J. Gangi was appointed the College of Arts and Architecture’s inaugural Professor in Arts Entrepreneurship in 2014. He is an affiliate faculty member in the School of Music, offering instruction in classical guitar. Gangi works with academic faculty across the college... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katherine O'Hara

Katherine O'Hara

Founder, The O'Hara Project
Katherine O'Hara is founder of The O'Hara Project, an integrated marketing firm offering marketing, public relations and ideation services. The O'Hara Project's clients include Fortune 100, startups and nonprofits. O'Hara has been honored with more than 200 industry awards and is... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Palmer Museum of Art Auditorium

2:30pm

Live Streamed: Flipping the Story: Using Entrepreneurial Thinking to Turn a Challenge into a Positive Outcome

Join us as a panel of alumni and Penn State faculty and staff share their compelling stories of how they faced challenges and used entrepreneurial thinking to ‘Flip the Story.’ Erin Weidemann — keynote speaker at the Business of Positive Change luncheon — will moderate a discussion with this diversely experienced panel. Kevin Snider, Chancellor of the New Kensington Commonwealth campus will share how entrepreneurship is helping to flip the story of a rust belt community; Aaron Lamphere (2015) will share how he is helping to change the story of underserved youth with the software startup he co-founded in the D.C. area;  Leslie Laing, Director of Adult Learner Programs and Services in Student Affairs, will describe how she faced a life challenge that eventually led to her role at Penn State, advocating for adult learners who are flipping their own stories and finally, Farnese Motto will share how her background and life changing trip to Tanzania pushed her to create her start-up non-profit, LFCI. She will also share what her goals and objectives are in order to flip the lives of the young girls she plans to help. 

Come, listen, and perhaps share your own ‘Flipped Story.’

 
Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.
 

Moderators
avatar for Erin Weidemann

Erin Weidemann

Co-Founder, Bible Belles
Erin Weidemann is a teacher turned entrepreneur. Co-founder of Bible Belles, an international multimedia company, Erin is also host of the award-winning podcast, Heroes For Her. She is a former member of the Penn State women's softball team, a nationally recognized speaker, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Laing

Leslie Laing

Director, Penn State Adult Learner Programs and Services for Student Affairs
Leslie Laing has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education. She presently serves as the Director for Adult Learner Programs and Services for Student Affairs at Penn State, University Park. She earned both her Bachelor's Degree in Humanities with Magna Cum Laude distinction... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Lamphere

Aaron Lamphere

Co-Founder, Lab 29
Aaron Lamphere graduated in the Fall of 2015 with a B.S. in Management and focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He works for an online educational startup called Thinkful and co-founded a nonprofit called Lab 29. Since graduating, he has focused on working with startups in the educational sector. Thanks to GEW at Penn State, which he attended every year from 2012 through 2015, he was able to see other individuals like himself making an impact on the world through entrepreneurship.  He will s... Read More →
avatar for Farnese Motto

Farnese Motto

Founder, Lead for Change International (LFCI)
Farnese Motto moved from Cameroon, Africa to the United States 13 years ago. She studied biobehavioral health at the Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated in 2016. She has recently worked at Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC as a data assistant and helped lobby on behalf... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Snider

Kevin Snider

Chancellor, Penn State New Kensington
Dr. Kevin Snider has served as Chancellor of Penn State New Kensington since 2008. Under his leadership, PSNK has become a campus known for innovation, student centeredness, community engagement, and excellence. As a driver of major initiatives in k-12 education and economic development... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Live Streamed Event

2:30pm

Flipping the Story: Using Entrepreneurial Thinking to Turn a Challenge into a Positive Outcome

Join us as a panel of alumni and Penn State faculty and staff share their compelling stories of how they faced challenges and used entrepreneurial thinking to ‘Flip the Story.’ Erin Weidemann — keynote speaker at the Business of Positive Change luncheon — will moderate a discussion with this diversely experienced panel. Kevin Snider, Chancellor of the New Kensington Commonwealth campus will share how entrepreneurship is helping to flip the story of a rust belt community; Aaron Lamphere (2015) will share how he is helping to change the story of underserved youth with the software startup he co-founded in the D.C. area;  Leslie Laing, Director of Adult Learner Programs and Services in Student Affairs, will describe how she faced a life challenge that eventually led to her role at Penn State, advocating for adult learners who are flipping their own stories and finally, Farnese Motto will share how her background and life changing trip to Tanzania pushed her to create her start-up non-profit, LFCI. She will also share what her goals and objectives are in order to flip the lives of the young girls she plans to help. 

Come, listen, and perhaps share your own ‘Flipped Story.’

 

Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.

 

Moderators
avatar for Erin Weidemann

Erin Weidemann

Co-Founder, Bible Belles
Erin Weidemann is a teacher turned entrepreneur. Co-founder of Bible Belles, an international multimedia company, Erin is also host of the award-winning podcast, Heroes For Her. She is a former member of the Penn State women's softball team, a nationally recognized speaker, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Laing

Leslie Laing

Director, Penn State Adult Learner Programs and Services for Student Affairs
Leslie Laing has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education. She presently serves as the Director for Adult Learner Programs and Services for Student Affairs at Penn State, University Park. She earned both her Bachelor's Degree in Humanities with Magna Cum Laude distinction... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Lamphere

Aaron Lamphere

Co-Founder, Lab 29
Aaron Lamphere graduated in the Fall of 2015 with a B.S. in Management and focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He works for an online educational startup called Thinkful and co-founded a nonprofit called Lab 29. Since graduating, he has focused on working with startups in the educational sector. Thanks to GEW at Penn State, which he attended every year from 2012 through 2015, he was able to see other individuals like himself making an impact on the world through entrepreneurship.  He will s... Read More →
avatar for Farnese Motto

Farnese Motto

Founder, Lead for Change International (LFCI)
Farnese Motto moved from Cameroon, Africa to the United States 13 years ago. She studied biobehavioral health at the Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated in 2016. She has recently worked at Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC as a data assistant and helped lobby on behalf... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Snider

Kevin Snider

Chancellor, Penn State New Kensington
Dr. Kevin Snider has served as Chancellor of Penn State New Kensington since 2008. Under his leadership, PSNK has become a campus known for innovation, student centeredness, community engagement, and excellence. As a driver of major initiatives in k-12 education and economic development... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

3:00pm

Penn State Beaver: Lion’s Den Student Idea Competition
The Lion’s Den Student Idea Competition asks Penn State Beaver students to come up with a plan for improving the campus. It can be anything — big or small, high tech or low tech — but must impact student life. Finalists will pitch their ideas — “Shark Tank” style — to a panel of campus judges on November 14, and the winning idea(s)  will be implemented.

Tuesday November 14, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Student Union Building Lodge

4:00pm

Design Thinking Workshop
This session, consisting of discussion and exercises, will be an introduction to Design Thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Erik Foley

Erik Foley

Director of Sustainability and Clinical Faculty in Management and Organization, Smeal College of Business, Penn State
Erik Foley is the Director of Sustainability at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. Before coming to Smeal, Erik was the Managing Director at Penn State's Sustainability Institute, the mission of which is to integrate sustainability across all major functions of the university... Read More →
avatar for Esther Obonyo

Esther Obonyo

Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineer, Penn State
Dr. Esther Obonyo is an Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor at the University of Florida's (UF) Rinker School of Construction Management and also a faculty entrepreneurship... Read More →


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Tuesday November 14, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

4:35pm

Colloquium in Hospitality Management
Leveraging technology to deliver innovative business improvements for the hospitality industry.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Boffa

Dominic Boffa

Founder and Principal, Infocept Systems, Inc
Boffa is Founder and Principal of Infocept Systems, Inc., based in Doylestown, PA. He provides business and IT strategy consulting, process engineering, digital transformation, and project management services. He has held previous positions as Chief Information Officer and Vice... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Herold

Bruce Herold

Franchise Owner, Chick-fil-A
Bruce Herold is the Franchise Owner of the Chick-fil-A at Happy Valley restaurant in State College, PA. He oversees all restaurant operations, marketing, and leadership development for the restaurant and also serves on task force and IT implementation support for new restaurant openings... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Managing Partner, King Consulting, LLC
Elizabeth King is a Managing Partner of Elizabeth M. King Consulting, LLC based in Bellevue, WA. She is a seasoned senior business (HR) and information technology (IT) executive solving large, complex, cross-functional corporate issues in IT, human resources, performance management... Read More →


Tuesday November 14, 2017 4:35pm - 5:50pm
104 Keller Auditorium

5:00pm

Colloquium on the Environment: Sustainability, Environmental Activism, and Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment, with the Sustainability Institute, Office of Physical Plant, and the Rock Ethics Institute, presents Paul Hawken as keynote speaker for the Colloquium on the Environment. The title of his talk is "Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming."

Preregistration is required for this event:  http://www.iee.psu.edu/paul-hawken

PLEASE NOTE: The State Theatre does not allow backpacks in the theatre. 

Reception and Book Giveaway
Hintz Family Alumni Center (a short three-minute walk across the street from The State Theatre)
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Immediately following Paul Hawken's presentation, there will be a reception featuring light refreshments and the opportunity to win a copy of Paul Hawken's latest book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. 

To be eligible to win a copy of the book, you must be registered for the Colloquium on the Environment. You must be present at the reception to win.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken

Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Journalist, and Author, www.paulhawken.com
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices and a pioneering architect... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday November 14, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The State Theatre 130 W. College Avenue, State College

6:00pm

Non-Patent Literature Searching using Government Resources
Searching for non-patent literature will help you identify examples of prior art; become aware of industry jargon; search the market for existing products, devices, or technology; and gauge consumer interest. Learn how to locate this information using freely available government resources. 

Speakers
avatar for Angela Davis

Angela Davis

Engineering Librarian, Universities Library
Angela R. Davis is an Engineering Liaison Librarian at Penn State and is the subject specialist for aerospace, architectural, mechanical, and nuclear engineering. She holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from SUNY Buffalo.


Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
251 Willard Building

6:00pm

Annual mHealth Challenge
The Penn State mHealth Challenge is a cross-college engaged scholarship event offered during Global Entrepreneurship Week in which undergraduate students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST); the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development; and the College of Nursing collaborate on developing a low-fidelity prototype of a mobile health application design that addresses a societal health need associated with a specific target audience.

mHealth finals judges: Laura Jana, M.D., Susan Foster, and Dave Costlow

mhealthpennstate.weebly.com

Moderators
avatar for Dave Costlow

Dave Costlow

Vice President for Marketing and Operations, Pledge It
Dave Costlow is responsible for helping the Pledge It community leverage the power of sport for social good. He leads all marketing and customer success programs in addition to being the product manager for the company’s platform. Dave’s belief in the power of sport to drive positive... Read More →
avatar for Lee Erickson

Lee Erickson

Director and Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox
Lee’s role at LaunchBox is to help startup teams de-risk and grow their businesses, and then to amplify their successes. Lee runs the 10-week accelerators, connects startup founders to outside resources, and provides guidance on a variety of startup challenges—customer discovery... Read More →
avatar for Susan Foster

Susan Foster

Director of Education, Mount NIttany Medical Center
Susan Foster has more than 28 years of experience in healthcare. She is the director of education at Mount Nittany Medical Center with prior experience as a charge nurse, clinical educator, education team leader, assistant nurse manager, and acting nurse manager in community civilian... Read More →
avatar for Laura Jana

Laura Jana

Director of Innovation, UNMC College of Public Health, Associate Research Professor at Penn State Prevention Research Center
Pediatrician, educator, author, and health communicator, Dr. Laura Jana finds connections across disciplines and crystallizes big ideas into far-reaching, real world applications. As Director of Innovation at UNMC College of Public Health, Associate Research Professor at Penn State... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Living Center, 110 Henderson Building

6:00pm

From Fortune 1 to Startup: Going from Corporate to Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur
John Andrews will discuss leveraging corporate experiences to create new businesses from inside and out and using emerging media technology to create digital marketing transformation.

Moderators
avatar for Ron Smith

Ron Smith

Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State
Ronald Smith joined the Department of Advertising/Public Relations after teaching two years full-time at Oklahoma State University as a visiting instructor of advertising and visual communications. Smith, a graphic designer, has accumulated 10 years of experience in advertising... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Andrews

John Andrews

Co-Founder and CEO, Prevailing Path
John Andrews is a career marketer in the consumer packaged goods industry; a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur that seeks to not only adapt to a rapidly changing marketing environment but to help create and lead the future of the industry; Co-Founder of Collective Bias Social Shopper... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
160 Willard Building

6:00pm

CBICC 'Flavor Flight': a-MAIZE-ing Lasers

Take a fun, fascinating look at how local startup L4IS turned a request from Penn State horticulturists to assist on a maize root phenotyping project into a new scientific imaging method that allows researchers to study their subject in full 3D and color using laser-based tomography techniques. The new technology has implications for agriculture and many other industries.


Speakers
avatar for Ben Hall

Ben Hall

Founder, Lasers for Innovative Solutions (L4IS)



Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
CBICC Board Room 131 S. Fraser St., Suite 1, State College

8:00pm

Entrepreneurship Mini Case Competition

Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society (CIES) will host a mini case competition for individuals or teams to compete with each other. We will focus on real-life entrepreneurship and innovation issues and be looking for unique and innovative solutions! 


Tuesday November 14, 2017 8:00pm - 11:30pm
260 Willard Building
 
Wednesday, November 15
 

TBA

Penn State New Kensington: Entrepreneurial Initiative Soft Opening
The soft opening event on November 15th will be when The Corner opens to the public for co-working activities. The Grand Opening is happening on December 6th when President Barron will be visiting. Entrepreneurial Education activities (and other efforts similar to the LaunchBox) will begin in Spring 2017.

Wednesday November 15, 2017 TBA
Downtown New Kensington

8:00am

Know Your Why
8:00-8:30 a.m. — Women Entrepreneur Networking
8:30-10:00 a.m. — Workshop


What if you could find a way to answer "What do you do?" without panicking or feeling like you are making things up? What if you could explain your life in a way that is not only accurate, but inspiring? A way that holds true throughout your life?


The Know your Why workshop will get you to the heart of your work, the story beneath your stories. Connect to your deepest motivation and driving goals and learn to explain yourself in a way people will both understand and respond to. Learn how to discern whether opportunities are a good fit for you or not — no more blind testing different marketing stories!


In this workshop, you'll identify the key data you need to draft a personal, unique "Why" statement that can anchor you with the strong communication needed behind every successful business. 

Speakers
avatar for Dana Ray

Dana Ray

Owner and Consultant, Why Finding
Why Finder. Writer. Dancer. Tea Drinker. Dana Ray works as a consultant helping people find and translate the story beneath their stories. Currently based in Bellefonte, PA, she lives in a real-life Victorian mansion that overlooks Purdue Ridge and is a short walk to a creek with... Read More →

Sponsors


Wednesday November 15, 2017 8:00am - 10:00am
New Leaf Initiative 243 South Allen Street, State College

8:30am

Penn State Brandywine: How Trust Enables Innovation in a Digital World

This event is being held in collaboration with the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia's "Defining Innovation Global Speaker Series."

Brandywine Boost, an Invent Penn State initiative at Penn State Brandywine, will serve as the VIP Reception and Book Sponsor for this event. There are a limited number of complimentary tickets available to members of the Penn State community.


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman

Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine
Rachel Botsman teaches how technology is transforming human relationships and what it means for life, work, and how we do business. Her forthcoming book, Who Can You Trust? (Penguin, October 2017) explains why trust is collapsing in all kinds of institutions and yet at the same time... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

9:00am

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Pitch Your Plan
Teams will present their plans for a new business or product to an open audience, including a panel of expert judges who will provide valuable insight and feedback, while serving as a first contact in Erie’s entrepreneurship community.

This is day one of a two-day event.

Wednesday November 15, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Burke Center, Room 109 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

10:30am

Penn State Berks: Creativity and Entrepreneurship Workshop

Guests: Reading School District Students


Wednesday November 15, 2017 10:30am - 2:30pm
111 Gaige Building

12:00pm

Live Streamed Keynote: Growing Your Company and Keeping True to Your Startup Vision
Happy Valley LaunchBox Guest Speaker Series
Come join us for a light lunch! Register here!
We will be having a 30-45 minute actionable advice session, highlighting best practices for growing your company and keeping true to your startup vision. We will follow up with a 10-minute open Q&A.
 
Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Sheetz

Emily Sheetz

Director of Talent Development, Sheetz Inc.
Emily Sheetz is the Director of Talent Development at Sheetz Inc. She is a third-generation family member and one of eleven active in the business. She also serves on the Sheetz Family Council. Emily is participating in a leadership rotation program within the company and has held... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live Streamed Event

12:00pm

Penn State Scranton: Challenges of Starting a Business
Live stream event: Exploring the challenges of starting a new business.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Frese

Jim Frese

Instructor, Business and Economics, Penn State
Professor and Business Program Coordinator Penn State Worthington Scranton

Speakers
avatar for John Gillen

John Gillen

Student, Penn State
John is a Penn State student, officer in the business club, and started his own business. He competed in the tecBridge Business Plan Competition in April 2017.


Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Building, Room 118

12:00pm

Keynote: Growing Your Company and Keeping True to Your Startup Vision
Happy Valley LaunchBox Guest Speaker Series
Come join us for a light lunch! Register here!
We will be having a 30-45 minute actionable advice session, highlighting best practices for growing your company and keeping true to your startup vision. We will follow up with a 10-minute open Q&A.

 

Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.


Speakers
avatar for Emily Sheetz

Emily Sheetz

Director of Talent Development, Sheetz Inc.
Emily Sheetz is the Director of Talent Development at Sheetz Inc. She is a third-generation family member and one of eleven active in the business. She also serves on the Sheetz Family Council. Emily is participating in a leadership rotation program within the company and has held... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

12:00pm

Live Stream: Penn State Scranton: Challenges of Starting a Business
Live streamed event: Exploring the challenges of starting a new business

https://psu.zoom.us/j/432768174

Moderators
avatar for Jim Frese

Jim Frese

Instructor, Business and Economics, Penn State
Professor and Business Program Coordinator Penn State Worthington Scranton

Speakers
avatar for John Gillen

John Gillen

Student, Penn State
John is a Penn State student, officer in the business club, and started his own business. He competed in the tecBridge Business Plan Competition in April 2017.


Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Live Streamed Event

12:00pm

Penn State Lehigh Valley: LaunchBox Ladies: From Passion to Profit
Lehigh Valley LaunchBox now offers an event series focusing on the unique challenges and victories of female entrepreneurs called LaunchBox Ladies: From Passion to Profit. Using multiple formats, including conversational interviews, videos and events, LaunchBox Ladies will share the stories of women at all stages of their businesses and careers.

Inaugural conversation featuring Tanya Wright, Actress, Author, and Founder of HAIRiette of Harlem, LLC. Wright became a micro-grant recipient and member of the Lehigh Valley LaunchBox family in 2017 and will be interviewed by Ashley Russo, Three-time Emmy® award-winning executive producer, president of ASR Media Productions, and host of The PEAK TV and St. Luke’s HealthNow.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Russo

Ashley Russo

President, ASR Media Productions
Ashley Russo, president of ASR Media Productions, and host of The PEAK TV and St. Luke’s HealthNow.
avatar for Tanya Wright

Tanya Wright

Writer, Entrepreneur, and Actress
Tanya Wright, a writer, entrepreneur, and actress known for her roles in Orange is the New Black and True Blood.


Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Penn State Lehigh Valley 2809 Saucon Valley Rd, Center Valley

12:15pm

Penn State Fayette: CEO Conversations
Speakers
avatar for Luther J. Sewell, Jr.

Luther J. Sewell, Jr.

Partner, The LJS Group
In August 1962, Luther J. Sewell published his first issue of Tavern Talk, a four-page newspaper format, distributed monthly covering Pittsburgh’s entertainment market, but after 24 issues, it was renamed Talk and was developed into a regional magazine. In 1964, Luther formed LJS... Read More →
avatar for Roxanne Sewell

Roxanne Sewell

Partner, The LJS Group
Roxanne Norman Sewell is a partner with her husband Luther Sewell, who is a pioneer in the region’s publishing industry, and the founder of The LJS Group, a premier African American organization. Roxanne is a native of the Homewood area of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Westinghouse... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Williams Building

12:15pm

Penn State York: An Entrepreneur Roundtable: By Invitation Only

Passionate about education and giving back to the communities he serves, Peter Ballantine is opening his restaurant--Willy's Originals Scratch Pizza and Craft Sandwiches--to entrepreneur students the day before it actually opens to the public. Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with Penn State York, Peter is hosting "An Entrepreneur Roundtable" at 12:15 pm at the Community Table in Willy's Originals, York Town Center, 2813 Concord Road, York. 

No stranger to the food and hospitality industry, Peter will share an insider's look at his path to entrepreneurship, his passion for making a difference in the community, the value of providing locally sourced food with a special emphasis on freshness and taste, the challenges of food trends and starting a business, and his drive to make sure every guest to Willy's Originals experiences a feeling of "You've come home!"

Enjoy a delicious custom-made lunch, first-hand business insights and realities about bringing an idea to market, and a generous dose of inspiration to "Start something here" too!

To request an invitation, please contact Anne Deeter Gallaher at adg@deetergallahergroup.com. 


Moderators
avatar for Anne Deeter Gallaher

Anne Deeter Gallaher

Owner and CEO, Deeter Gallaher Group
Anne Deeter Gallaher is Owner/CEO of Deeter Gallaher Group LLC, a PR, marketing, and digital media firm with offices in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Nashville, Tennessee. Driven by measurable performance, Anne and her team create award-winning results for clients in financial... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Ballantine

Peter Ballantine

Owner, Willy's Originals Scratch Pizza and Craft Sandwiches
Peter Ballantine is no stranger to the restaurant and hospitality arena.  He was in the McDonald’s business for over ten years and an owner of McDonald’s franchises for over seven years. At age 14, he worked as a dishwasher for a large family restaurant near Saratoga, New York... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Willy's Originals Scratch Pizza and Craft Sandwiches 2813 Concord Road, York

1:00pm

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Brewing a Brand
Speakers
avatar for Steve Anthony

Steve Anthony

Vice President, Erie Ale Works
Mr. Anthony is a lifelong resident of Erie County and knows beer inside and out. He “grew up” tasting different types of coffee, unknowingly training himself for a life of beer appreciation. In his spare time, he likes long walks on the beach, collecting mustache trimmers, and... Read More →
avatar for Jeff McCullor

Jeff McCullor

President, Erie Ale Works
Jeff has been involved with the Erie beer scene as chairman of the Erie Beer Society and is still an avid homebrewer.  He actually moved to Erie from New York and lives in Millcreek with his family.


Wednesday November 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Burke Center, Room 109 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

1:30pm

Happy Valley LaunchBox Office Hours: Featuring Emily Sheetz
Meet with Emily Sheetz during her office hours at the Happy Valley LaunchBox. To schedule a time, register here.

**NOTE:  Proof of attendance only available if you register for a 1:1 office hours session.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Sheetz

Emily Sheetz

Director of Talent Development, Sheetz Inc.
Emily Sheetz is the Director of Talent Development at Sheetz Inc. She is a third-generation family member and one of eleven active in the business. She also serves on the Sheetz Family Council. Emily is participating in a leadership rotation program within the company and has held... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

1:45pm

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: The Things They Don't Tell You About Entrepreneurship
Speakers
avatar for Scott Ticer

Scott Ticer

Director, Erie Technology Incubator, Gannon University
Scott Ticer is a serial entrepreneur who has played key roles in several successful startups and innovation initiatives in digital media, mobile communications, and cloud services. He co-founded an angel capital group called Lone Star Angels. Ticer actively advises seed stage startups... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Burke Center, Room 109 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

2:30pm

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: The Rest is Easy
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Wei-Shin Lei

Dr. Wei-Shin Lei

Founder, AcousticSheep LLC
Dr. Wei-Shin Lai co-founded AcousticSheep LLC, and is the 2016 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016 Small Business Administration's Entrepreneur of the Year, and multi-year winner of the Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards. Having sold more than half-a-million... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Burke Center, Room 109 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

2:45pm

Marketing Research
Kevin Harwell will give an overview of how Mintel Academic, eMarketer, and Passport GMID provide market research information that can be useful for a variety of business applications, including product development and market planning. They can provide insight into consumer behavior and lifestyle related choices, brand performance, and industry trends. Please note that access to these databases is limited to students working on projects with direct connection to Penn State curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Harwell

Kevin Harwell

Business Librarian, University Libraries

Sponsors

Wednesday November 15, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
W211A Pattee Library

3:15pm

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Entrepreneurial Lessons from Indie Film-Making
Speakers
avatar for John Lyons

John Lyons

Executive Director, Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania
John C. Lyons has written, directed, and produced two feature films and three short documentaries. His features "Schism" and "There Are No Goodbyes" were made on a shoestring budget and received Best Screenplay at Director’s Chair Film Festival NYC, and the Purple Heart Award at... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Burke Center, Room 109 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

4:00pm

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: The Myth of the Independent Entrepreneur
Speakers
avatar for Jake Marsh

Jake Marsh

Industry Relations Coordinator, Penn State
Jacob Marsh is Industry Relations Coordinator at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. He serves the University by developing, growing, funding, and maintaining programs and activities that engage industry and entrepreneurs with the University in ways that enhance the student experience... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Burke Center, Room 109 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

5:00pm

Penn State 3D Printing Showcase

Come participate in the inaugural exhibition of 3D printed works from across the University and learn how faculty, students, and entrepreneurs are using 3D printing to innovate in their research and in different industries. Learn how Penn State alum RT Custer (IE’14), Co-Founder and CEO of Vortic Watch Co. (https://vorticwatches.com/), is using 3D printing technology to disrupt the watch industry by 3D printing custom watch cases for 100+ year old pocket watches. Participants in the 3D printing exhibition will be eligible to win a custom Vortic Watch!

Would you like to participate? Anyone who wants to show their printed works should drop them off at the Rouse Gallery (first floor, Stuckeman Family Building) between 9 a.m and 6 p.m. on November 13th and 14th. 

 


Exhibitors
avatar for RT Custer

RT Custer

R.T. Custer ('14 IE) is the CoFounder and CEO of Vortic Watch Company www.vorticwatches.com. While at Penn State, he and his business partner decided to start a wrist watch manufacturing company. After graduation, they launched the American Artisan Series on Kickstarter.com. That product features antique American pocket watch mechanisms that are salvaged, restored, and rebuilt into custom wrist watches with 3D printed titanium cases. They’ve been called the “Craft Brewery of Watch Manufacturing,” and they’ve been featured in the New York Times... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Shaffer

Marcus Shaffer

Marcus' research focuses on works, theories, and practices that engage The Machine as an extension of our impulse to explore and re-make the natural world. His work addresses building machines, automatons, and the spiritual mechanisms that represent our earliest technological expression... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Stuckeman Family Building – Rouse Gallery

6:00pm

Intrapreneurship: Applying Entrepreneurial Principles Inside a Company
Flat vs. hierarchical. Where do you want to work and how might you employ entrepreneurship within a firm to enhance job growth, satisfaction, and success?

Speakers
avatar for Frank Koe

Frank Koe

Associate Professor, Engineering Entrepreneurship, Penn State College of Engineering
Frank Koe, Ph.D., has held positions as Director of The Design Center at Philadelphia University, Vice President and Director of Restoration (an intrapreneurial venture he initiated) at Scalamandre where projects included The White House, restoration of the Andrew Johnson Suite in... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
169 Willard Building

6:00pm

The First Step to Starting a Business
Have you always had a dream of starting your own business but didn’t know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of successful business ownership, with topics including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.  

Learn from a business consultant about: lifestyle requirements of business owners, how to assess the feasibility of your business idea, the legal and tax implications of owning a business, how to develop a business plan, how to compile a bank-ready financial package,  how to market your product or service, the health and safety regulations that may apply to your business, and where to find other resources that may help you succeed.

Penn State Small Business Development Center. Sponsored by SCORE and Penn State Learning Factory.

Registration is requested: http://sbdc.psu.edu/events/gew-special-event-first-step-starting-business/

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Interim Director and Senior Business Consultant, Penn State Small Business Development Center
Michael Ryan has been a business consultant with the Penn State SBDC since June 2000. He staffs the SBDC’s outreach office located at the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown. In addition to providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Schlow Centre Region Library 211 S. Allen Street, State College

6:00pm

CBICC 'Flavor Flight': A New World of Color
Developed by local startup Persea Naturals LLC, AvoColor is a natural food color additive from the heart of the avocado — the seed. Take a fun, fascinating look at how Persea Naturals is addressing the growing needs of food manufacturers for clear and vibrant natural food colors. Plus, sample some avocado-inspired snacks.

Speakers
avatar for Robert J. Hicks

Robert J. Hicks

Owner and CEO, Persea Naturals LLC



Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
CBICC Board Room 131 S. Fraser St., Suite 1, State College

6:00pm

Penn State Altoona: Business Bootcamp and Workshop — Writing Your Business Plan
Barry Surma of the Saint Francis SBDC will discuss the importance of your business plan and what elements should be included.
This is a free event. Please RSVP to sas79@psu.edu.

Sponsored by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Boldizar

Jeffrey Boldizar

Senior Consultant, Saint Francis SBDC
Jeff Boldizar has been employed with the Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center since May 1985.  He has more than 31 years of business development experience.  He provides these services primarily to businesses in Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon Counties. Jeff... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Altoona LaunchBox 1331 12th Avenue, Altoona

6:00pm

Penn State Altoona: Fast Track to Success

Students will have the opportunity to network with business leaders to gain advice from seasoned professionals and sharpen communication skills. Dress to impress.
This is a free event. Please RSVP by Friday, November 10 to tlr5306@psu.edu.    

Sponsored by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.


Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Mountain View Room at Port Sky Cafe

6:00pm

Changing the World: Resources Available for Developing a Startup Company
Interested in building a startup company but don’t know where or how to start? Ever wondered how the Happy Valley LaunchBox can help? Join us Wednesday, November 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Engineering Library (325 Hammond). Presenters will include a member of the Happy Valley Launch Box team and LaMonica Wiggins, Entrepreneurship Librarian. They will discuss resources and services that can assist your efforts to develop a startup company. There will also be time at the end of the session to network and ask questions. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Please call the Engineering Library at 814-865-3451 or email the library at UL-ENGR@lists.psu.edu or Vanessa Eyer at vld5011@psu.edu for more information.

Speakers
avatar for LaMonica Wiggins

LaMonica Wiggins

Entrepreneurship Librarian, Penn State University Libraries
As the Entrepreneurship Librarian in the Schreyer Business Library at Penn State University Park campus, LaMonica Wiggins supports students, faculty, staff, and the public with their entrepreneurial research and business information needs. Her focus areas include business planning... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
325 Hammond Building (Engineering Library)

6:30pm

TedxPSU Face to Face: Action Surge Workshop

The Garber Center for Venture Capital at the Smeal College of Business and the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship are co-sponsoring a TEDxPSU Action Surge Workshop.  The workshop will be moderated by a representative of Action Surge, LLC, a company founded by a Penn State alumnus.  A company devoted to promoting innovation in business, Action Surge specializes in helping entrepreneurs and innovators turn dreams into reality, and the Surge methodology is the answer to the question, “How do we help people act on their ideas?” 

The Action Surge Blueprint is a ten-step process to help everyone take responsibility for their ideas and put them into action.  This framework has been perfected with sociologists, psychologists, and even drill sergeants to overcome the barriers that hold people back from taking action.  This two-hour session will take attendees through the Action Surge methodology.



Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

8:00pm

The Lessons You Won’t Learn in Class
Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Warner

Kathleen Warner

Product Designer, Facebook
Kathleen Warner is a designer and musician in San Francisco. She currently works at Facebook as a product designer on the News Feed team. Previously, she was the lead designer at Omni, an on-demand storage service that lets people store and rent out their items. And before that, she... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday November 15, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

8:00pm

Design Competition: HESE and Penn State Enactus: $100 Prize
This event is a design competition with the winning team taking away a $100 prize.

Wednesday November 15, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
160 Willard Building
 
Thursday, November 16
 

9:00am

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Pitch Your Plan
Teams present their plans for a new business or product to an open audience, including a panel of expert judges who will provide valuable insight and feedback, while serving as a first contact in Erie’s entrepreneurship community. 

This is day two of a two-day event.

Thursday November 16, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Burke Center, Room 109 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

10:35am

Creativity and Entrepreneurship Open Workshop and Discussion Session

Run by students in the Entrepreneurship program, this fast-paced, interactive workshop will test participants' knowledge, creativity, and ability to think on their feet as they compete for prizes.  The Creativity and Entrepreneurship Workshop will have four stations, each providing a fun and competitive event, such as:

  • Entrepreneurship Quiz Show: Students are divided into teams and asked questions in a jeopardy/family feud type format
  • Pitch Contest: Students are given a subject or idea and asked to make a one-minute pitch
  • New Idea Contest: Students are divided into teams and charged with coming up with an idea for a new product and making a pitch
  • Build Something: Students are divided into teams and given random items to build something


Participants will move through each station, staying at each for about 20 minutes. Students manage each station and will act as judges, with prizes given out to winning teams or individuals. 


Speakers
avatar for Bob Beaury

Bob Beaury

Interim Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor, Penn State
Bob has been directly involved in the development of more than 100 new products and the creation of their market introduction programs. His expertise includes building startup companies and the practical implementation of innovation, product development, and sales and marketing... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 10:35am - 11:50pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

11:30am

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Women in Entrepreneurship Luncheon
Women who are undergraduate students are given the opportunity to enjoy a catered lunch with several successful professionals and entrepreneurs from the Erie business community. No lectures or presentations here, just good discussion and sharing of experiences.

Attendance by invite only. Private event.

Thursday November 16, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Burke Center, Room 236 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

12:00pm

Penn State Lehigh Valley: Business Society Lunch and Learn: Success with LaunchBox, Past and Present
Where they are now and where they are going — the impact of Lehigh Valley LaunchBox on small business.

Speakers
avatar for Jaqueline Hall-Yurasits

Jaqueline Hall-Yurasits

Owner, Red Door Coffee Roaster
Jaqueline Hall-Yurasits opened Red Door Coffee Roaster, a micro-roaster of fine coffees, in September 2017. The roastery is located on the premises of Diana's Cafe in Center Valley.
avatar for Matthew Heintzelman

Matthew Heintzelman

Student, Penn State
Matthew Heintzelman, a Penn State Smeal College of Business finance major, teamed up with Randall Forte, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, to form Eternally Art, a startup that creates beautiful, hand-made funeral urns that celebrate art and commemorate lif... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Penn State Lehigh Valley 2809 Saucon Valley Rd, Center Valley

12:00pm

Penn State York: Visit to Think Loud Development Center/United Fiber & Data
The Graham Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies at Penn State York regularly offers presentations by entrepreneurs and leaders in our community to our students. For GEW, The Graham Center students will visit Think Loud Development, a venue that is part of the revitalization of downtown York.

Focused on urban revitalization, Think Loud's projects serve to enhance culture, civic pride and the environment. Their highly publicized projects in York, Reading and Allentown represent an extraordinary effort to revitalize key urban areas in underserved parts of the Commonwealth. With more than 450,000 square feet of ongoing construction and a growing portfolio of Pennsylvania real estate, the company is dramatically impacting the local communities of York, Allentown, and Reading, with sights set on Lancaster as well. Think Loud’s current investments total over $50 million. Seeing bricks and mortar as only a shell to house the potential within, Think Loud combines inspired development, creative strategy, and a deep sense of social responsibility that ultimately contributes to viable downtown economies and revitalized communities. The Think Loud Development company was started by members of the music band LIVE, so the underlying rocker theme makes this event even cooler.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Gryp

Heather Gryp

VP of Sales and Marketing, Think Loud Development
avatar for Bill Hynes

Bill Hynes

Founder and CEO, Think Loud Development
Think Loud Development CEO Bill Hynes believes in using real estate development to foster community strength and health, something he has striven for since the company’s origins in 2011. As Think Loud CEO and Founder, Hynes continues to seek out projects that make a positive... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday November 16, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Think Loud Development 210 York Street, Suite 100, York

12:05pm

Penn State Berks: MGMT 215 Entrepreneurial Mindset class

Learn how to secure financing for your startup and explore different recourses for raising money.


Speakers
avatar for Timothy Hillert

Timothy Hillert

CEO, BenXchange


Thursday November 16, 2017 12:05pm - 1:20pm
247 Gaige Building

12:05pm

Executives from Leading Companies: Panel
Executives from leading companies will discuss the various strategies they have implemented to grow their companies.

Moderators
avatar for Bob Beaury

Bob Beaury

Interim Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor, Penn State
Bob has been directly involved in the development of more than 100 new products and the creation of their market introduction programs. His expertise includes building startup companies and the practical implementation of innovation, product development, and sales and marketing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rob Shearer

Rob Shearer

Managing Director, SEKO MedTec Solutions
Rob Shearer serves as Managing Director of SEKO MedTec Solutions, the Healthcare Vertical Division of SEKO Worldwide. Additionally, Rob is Managing Director for Sutherland Global Logistics, which designs and builds custom, reusable packaging. Rob has been in the logistics business... Read More →
avatar for Gary Stidsen

Gary Stidsen

Product Manager, Restek
Gary has been at Restek for more than 20 years and has played an instrumental role in developing many key products and numerous customer solutions for laboratory workflows. During this time, he has served in various marketing and R&D positions including the Innovations Lab Manager... Read More →
avatar for Alex Zorychta

Alex Zorychta

Coordinator for Student Entrepreneurs, University of Virginia
Alex Zorychta finds, guides, connects, and builds communities of practice for student entrepreneurs. He takes an entrepreneurial approach to innovating within university entrepreneurship programs in order to address the gaps between rising support for entrepreneurial education programs... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 12:05pm - 1:20pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

12:15pm

Penn State Fayette: Going Up! Developing Your Elevator Pitch
This session provides undergraduate students with an understanding of how the “elevator pitch” is used in networking situations. Students will also learn tips and tricks for developing their elevator pitch for future use.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Patrick Wilt

Steven Patrick Wilt

Career Services Coordinator, Penn State


Thursday November 16, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Student Success Center, 107 Williams Building 2201 University Drive, Lemont Furnace

1:00pm

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Eight Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Know The Answer To
Speakers
avatar for Brian Slawin

Brian Slawin

Portfolio Manager, Ben Franklin Technology PArtners
Brian Slawin is a recovering entrepreneur who has lived the startup life since his first side hustle after college. From the late nights to the last minute deadlines, from running out of money, to running out of ideas, to capturing it all again, Brian says it’s the best thing... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Burke Center, Room 180 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

1:30pm

Understanding Patents and Intellectual Property
This hands-on workshop by U.S. Patent and Trademark Resource Center librarian John Meier will focus on understanding what patents are, the basic process of obtaining a patent, and online searching of prior art (previous inventions). Attendees should have an interest in patents and be prepared to do practice searching in Google Patents and international patent offices.

Speakers
avatar for John J Meier

John J Meier

Librarian, Penn State
John Meier is a math, patent, and trademark librarian at the Penn State University Libraries. He frequently finds himself helping Penn State World Campus students locate the materials they need for online courses in math and engineering topics.


Thursday November 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
211A West Pattee Library

1:35pm

Live Streamed Keynote: Growing Your Start Up for Impact
KCF Technologies Mission
In the Oil & Gas sector, KCF offers a breakthrough new capability to improve the safety and reliability of upstream operations, especially in the challenging and sensitive Northeast region. Wireless sensor systems monitor when the equipment is being damaged, identify the component and severity of the damage, and enable the operators to take action.

With this capability, Dr. Frank’s company is addressing a need worth at least $10 billion in the upstream onshore Oil & Gas industry alone. The company is already selling into other vertical markets including paper manufacturing, power generation, commercial buildings, and food & beverage manufacturing. The Department of Energy has calculated that reactive operations across all sectors cost the U.S. economy $2.4 trillion annually. With KCF Technologies, Dr. Frank seeks to solve the specific reactive challenges one by one, making operations smarter, safer and more efficient.
 
Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.


Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Frank

Jeremy Frank

CEO, KCF Technologies, Inc
Jeremy Frank is CEO of KCF Technologies, Inc., a dynamic technology company providing innovative solutions for industrial and defense applications. Dr. Frank co-founded the company after earning a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State. He also holds an MBA from Penn... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 1:35pm - 2:50pm
Live Streamed Event

1:35pm

Keynote: Growing your Start Up for Impact
KCF Technologies Mission
In the Oil & Gas sector, KCF offers a breakthrough new capability to improve the safety and reliability of upstream operations, especially in the challenging and sensitive Northeast region. Wireless sensor systems monitor when the equipment is being damaged, identify the component and severity of the damage, and enable the operators to take action.

With this capability, Dr. Frank’s company is addressing a need worth at least $10 billion in the upstream onshore Oil & Gas industry alone. The company is already selling into other vertical markets including paper manufacturing, power generation, commercial buildings, and food & beverage manufacturing. The Department of Energy has calculated that reactive operations across all sectors cost the U.S. economy $2.4 trillion annually. With KCF Technologies, Dr. Frank seeks to solve the specific reactive challenges one by one, making operations smarter, safer and more efficient.

 

Watch live on Facebook.com/InventPennState.



Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Frank

Jeremy Frank

CEO, KCF Technologies, Inc
Jeremy Frank is CEO of KCF Technologies, Inc., a dynamic technology company providing innovative solutions for industrial and defense applications. Dr. Frank co-founded the company after earning a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State. He also holds an MBA from Penn... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 1:35pm - 2:50pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

1:35pm

Ben Franklin Technology PArtners: Big Idea Contest

The Bottle Works is the Place to Be on November 16, 2017!

The ten finalists in Ben Franklin’s 2017 BIG IDEA Contest will be making their presentations to a panel of area judges. Each presenter will get five minutes to make their pitch, followed by seven minutes of Q&A.

If you know any of the folks listed below, or if you are just excited about the Startup Alleghenies initiative in general, we’d love to have you stop by the Bottle Works, located at 411 Third Avenue in Johnstown, to hear the presentations:

  • Joseph DiGangi with AssureTech 
  • Justin Capouellez with Boomerang Beacon 
  • Heather Moyer with Crossroads Consulting 
  • Mark Kasterko with MT Arms 
  • Adam Stokes with muonSoft
  • Donald Nixon with Nixon’s Technical Service
  • Hunter Swisher with Phospholutions 
  • Ryan Kieta with Real Design 
  • James Wang with SimplrTechnologies
  • Anthony Biddle with Siterite     


The finalists’ presentations will conclude at 5:00 PM, and a catered reception will immediately follow. While the judges deliberate, you are invited to enjoy the refreshments and network with the finalists. This will allow you to learn more about all of them in preparation for casting your vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will close at 6:15 PM.  All of the winners will be announced at 6:30 PM.
 
This year’s cash prizes will be awarded to four winners:  
First Place: $25,000; Second Place: $15,000; Third Place: $7,500; and a People’s Choice Award: $2,500. 

In addition to $25,000, the first place winner will also receive:

Planning to Attend?  Send a quick note to jilledwards@psu.edu 


Thursday November 16, 2017 1:35pm - 6:30pm
Bottle Works 411 Third Avenue, Johnstown

2:00pm

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Building an Iconic Brand
Speakers
avatar for Don Morrison

Don Morrison

Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute
Don Morrison is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in the growth and development of several businesses, including: American Eagle Outfitters (as President/CEO), Sundance Catalog Company (as Executive Director), and Bear Creek Corporation (as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Burke Center, Room 180 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

3:05pm

Master Class: By Invitation Only
Thursday November 16, 2017 3:05pm - 4:20pm
Happy Valley LaunchBox 224 South Allen Street, State College

3:45pm

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: Take Action & #FightFear
Speakers
avatar for Jenny Poff

Jenny Poff

Owner and Chief Branding Officer, Presque Isle Designs
Jenny Poff is Owner and Chief Branding Officer of Presque Isle Designs,  based out of Erie, PA. She partners with established and growing organizations to create strategic branding and advertising campaigns for economic and community impacts.   As a born entrepreneur, Jenny... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Burke Center, Room 180 5101 Jordan Rd, Erie

4:30pm

Adaptive Styles Matrix Discussion
In today’s marketplace, it is imperative that employees and entrepreneurs are able to adjust their social style to create better working relationships with team members and customers. During this session, we will explore the traits of Assertiveness and Responsiveness to help determine each participant’s dominant social style. In addition, we will discuss methods of identifying the social styles of others and ways that we all can modify our behaviors to be more in harmony with those that have different styles than our own.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Kerchinski

Tim Kerchinski

Innovation Team Lead, PennTAP
Tim Kerchinski is the PennTAP Innovation Team Lead. His activities include managing federal and state grant projects, as well as contracts and customer relationships with private sector companies. He also works closely with student entrepreneurs at Penn State campuses throughout the... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
26 Hosler Building

5:00pm

Penn State Altoona: LaunchBox Live
Learn about the fast track to small business loans with Small Business Express (SBX) loans, the lending process that can help your small business receive loans more quickly, easily, and efficiently. Learn about lines of credit, investment property mortgages, term loans, and equipment and vehicle loans.
This is a free event. Please RSVP to sas79@psu.edu

Sponsored by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Riley

Lindsey Riley

Personal Banker, Reliance Bank
Lindsey Riley is the first individual to complete the Management Training Program at Reliance Bank. The goal of this training program is to recruit and develop future leaders and managers willing and capable of building and servicing relationships within the community. An interesting... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday November 16, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Altoona LaunchBox 1331 12th Avenue, Altoona

5:00pm

Penn State Mont Alto: LaunchBox Open House and Reception
Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis K. Achampong will host an open house and reception to introduce the Mont Alto LaunchBox, a program to promote entrepreneurship in Franklin County. The event will highlight what Penn State is doing to promote entrepreneurship. The Mont Alto LaunchBox ― one of 17 innovation hubs at the Commonwealth Campuses ― is part of Invent Penn State, a broader Penn State initiative to promote entrepreneurship and innovation across Pennsylvania. The idea is to offer free services to entrepreneurs in communities around the Commonwealth to help them start and grow businesses that will drive economic development in their communities. Services include legal and patent advice, co-working space, mentorship to help de-risk and accelerate startups, and connection to micro grants and other resources. The Mont Alto LaunchBox is slated to open in early 2018. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Community members, aspiring entrepreneurs, business leaders, and government and economic development officials are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. To find out more about the event, contact Debra Collins, Penn State Mont Alto Director of Public Relations and Marketing, at 717-749-6112 or dlc43@psu.edu. Information about the Mont Alto LaunchBox is available online at montalto.psu.edu/launchbox.

Speakers
avatar for Francis K. Achampong

Francis K. Achampong

Chancellor, Penn State Mont Alto
Francis K. Achampong, Ph.D. is chancellor at Penn State Mont Alto. He is the chief executive officer and principal academic leader of the campus and is responsible for the quality of academic programs; stewardship of the teaching, research, and service mission; strategic planning... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Mont Alto LaunchBox 40 North Second Street, Chambersburg

6:00pm

Penn State Berks: IB 303 International Management class

Explore opportunities in international markets for small to medium-sized manufacturing firms.


Speakers
avatar for Rob Rhoads

Rob Rhoads

Brand Sales Manager, Unique Pretzels
avatar for Justin Spannuth

Justin Spannuth

Vice President and COO, Unique Pretzels


Thursday November 16, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
121 Gaige Building

6:00pm

Penn State Berks: MGMT 461 International Management class

Explore opportunities in international markets for small to medium-sized manufacturing firms.


Speakers
avatar for Gregg Shemanski

Gregg Shemanski

President, Custom Processing
Gregg Shemanski’s professional experience includes many different areas in the air milling micronizing industry, including chemicals and minerals. This includes design and fabrication of the pulverizing and air milling systems. His diverse industry experience extends to design... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
245 Gaige Building

6:00pm

A Sneak Peek of the Feature Film: The Turn Out

In a small town in Southern Appalachia, a trucker must decide if he will stand up and take action against sex trafficking at his truckstop.

“The Turn Out” melds the testimony of sex trafficking survivors, anti-trafficking activists, and truckers with the talent of film professionals to create an unflinching docu-drama of moral dilemma and personal connection in the local landscape of Glouster, Ohio, Athens County, and Mineral Wells, West Virginia.


Speakers
avatar for Pearl Gluck

Pearl Gluck

Assistant Professor, Penn State Bellisario College of Communications
Pearl Gluck is an Assistant Professor in the department of Film-Video and Media Studies in the Bellisario College of Communications.

Sponsors



Thursday November 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The State Theatre 130 W. College Avenue, State College

6:00pm

Startup Entrepreneur Lightning Talks
5 start-up company representatives are invited to advertise their businesses and build connections. Each of them will give a 5-minute presentation. After the formal presentations, both the students and company representatives can enjoy pizza and network with each other.

Speakers
avatar for Qingyu Ma

Qingyu Ma

Partner, Evolution Maps
Qingyu Ma is an ESRI Campus Ambassador and summer 2017 intern, and also a partner at Evolution Maps. While at ESRI, Qingyu helped develop a map printing service which improved the conducting speed from 25 seconds to 8 seconds.
avatar for Yuan Qiu

Yuan Qiu

Founder and CEO, oFree
Yuan Qiu is the Founder and CEO of oFree. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Master's Degree in Multimedia Design. Besides being an entrepreneur, she is also a digital designer at Victoria's Secret.oFree, Inc. is an exciting tech startup company which launched the oFree... Read More →
avatar for Teng Teng

Teng Teng

Owner, Microcosm by Teng Teng
Teng Teng is an artist from China, currently based in New York City. For over 15 years, she has developed a wide array of themes across many mediums, including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and tempera. MICROCOSM is an art endeavor she started shortly after arriving in NYC in 2016. It... Read More →
avatar for Wen Wang

Wen Wang

Founder, Airacer
Wen Wang is the Founder and CEO of Airacer. Inspired by an EAA AirVenture, Wen decided to pursue her own private pilot license. She became so confused researching the miscellaneous flight services and pricing structures. The experience motivated her to build up a platform where flight... Read More →
avatar for Shaoming Zhu

Shaoming Zhu

Founder, Foundation for Law and International Affairs
Shaoming Zhu is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Law and International Affairs. She earned the degree of Doctor of Juridical Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and has been granted more than 40 awards for her academic and social work.


Thursday November 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
251 Willard Building

6:00pm

CentreSOUP

Soup, salad, bread, and a vote.

This is what is behind CentreSOUP – New Leaf’s micro-granting, meal-sharing event that allows community members to pitch their creative ideas for small-scale projects with positive impact for our neighbors, colleagues, family and friends. Attendees get a chance to hear ideas, ask questions, and participate with a vote. 

To register, click here.

Thursday November 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:30pm
New Leaf Initiative 243 South Allen Street, State College
 
Friday, November 17
 

12:00pm

Penn State Lehigh Valley: Technology and How it is Impacting the Entrepreneur
Microsoft is changing the way entrepreneurs can and will operate. Mahesh will tell (and show) us how!

Speakers
avatar for Mahesh Chand

Mahesh Chand

Founder, C# Corner
Mahesh Chand is founder of C# Corner, a free, membership-based open platform for developers to solve problems, to learn new technology, and to just hang out. Mahesh was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for seven consecutive years for his contributions to the developer community... Read More →


Friday November 17, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Penn State Lehigh Valley 2809 Saucon Valley Rd, Center Valley
 
Saturday, November 18
 

10:00am

Penn State Great Valley: Lion Cage: Inaugural Event

Sponsored by the REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship, this is a great opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs and Penn State students to pitch their product or service and compete for prizes.

Lion Cage will include an early-stage pitch competition, a keynote address, and a guest speaker who will discuss the essentials for launching a business.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Dermer

Michael Dermer

Lawyer and Founder/Author, The Lonely Entrepreneur
Michael Dermer is an entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer, and founder/author of The Lonely Entrepreneur. Michael is considered the founder of not only a company, but an industry— rewarding individuals for healthy behavior. Michael left a promising law career to start IncentOne, the first... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Gold

Anthony Gold

CEO, Entrepreneur, Startup Investor, Software Developer, and Hardware Engineer, Anthony’s Desk
I’m Anthony Gold, and I’ve been very fortunate to have had great mentors and amazing colleagues over my career. All the good stuff I was able to accomplish was because of them. All the crappy stuff was through my own stupidity. My goal with Anthony’s Desk is to share my lessons... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday November 18, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Conference Center Building, Penn State Great Valley
 
Wednesday, November 29
 

TBA

Setting the Stage
Setting the Stage:  This two-hour seminar will introduce you to the start-up language, and provide an overview of the qualities needed to become an entrepreneur.

Wednesday November 29, 2017 TBA
TBA