Events to Check Out During Penn State Startup Week

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Penn State Startup Week is only a few days away! From Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21, you’ll have multiple opportunities to explore topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation. For a complete list of events, times, and locations, visit the full Startup Week schedule. If you can’t attend in person, some of the week’s events will be live streamed online. Here are just a few not-to-miss events to check out:

Social Innovation Challenge

Think you have what it takes to make it in the world of social entrepreneurship? Consider participating in the Social Innovation Challenge! During this week-long challenge, teams of students will have the opportunity to pitch ideas, work collaboratively at Happy Valley LaunchBox, and develop ideas through basic prototyping and business model creation. Challenge winners will receive a variety prizes that can be used to turn ideas into reality. To participate, students must register for and attend a mandatory pitch and team formation meeting on Monday, April 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Radical Student Experience Challenge

If you have an innovative idea that will benefit the student experience, consider signing up for the Radical Student Experience Challenge. During the challenge, students will work on crafting and pitching ideas that will benefit students in and out of the classroom. Up to three $100 prizes will be awarded. For more information and to participate, check out the ideation exercise on Tuesday, April 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Immersive Experiences Expo

The Immersive Experiences Expo in the Dreamery Co-Learning Lab gives you hands-on access to such technologies as virtual reality and 360-degree video. As part of this event, you’ll learn about the many ways Penn State is transforming education through immersive, innovative technologies. For more information, view the full event schedule online.

Starting Your Startup Panel Discussion

During this event, Melissa Schipke will offer insights on growing a business from initial idea development to production. Schipke, a Penn State alumna, is the founder and CEO of Tassl, a Philadelphia-based startup that manages networks more efficiently. To find out more about this event, visit the Starting Your Startup schedule page.

Featured Speakers

You won’t want to miss the lineup of featured speakers during the week’s finale. Starting at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21, you’ll have the chance to network with speakers over pizza and Berkey Creamery ice cream. Speakers include:

  • Anne Zummo Malone, chief of schools, AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School;
  • Richard White, founder and CEO of UserVoice;
  • David Rusenko, co-founder and CEO, Weebly;
  • Jake Poliskin, associate, Mark Cuban Companies;
  • Jerome Griffith, CEO and president, Lands' End, Inc;
  • Eric Franchi, co-founder, Undertone;
  • Steve Huffman, CEO and co-founder, Reddit and Hipmunk;
  • Jake Stein, CEO and co-founder, Stitch.