Penn State Startup Week Offers Unique Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Community


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Each spring, Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC brings some of the leading minds in industry and technology to Penn State to connect with the entrepreneurial community. This weeklong immersion in entrepreneurship and innovation inspires attendees to expand their boundaries by connecting them with some of the best and brightest startup founders and corporate achievers, including many Penn State alumni.

“Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC provides experienced innovators as well as those at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journeys with the chance to share their tips and the lessons they have learned, with students eager to get started on their own ventures,” said Ashley Palmer, marketing and communications manager for Invent Penn State, an initiative of Penn State’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization that presents Startup Week each year.

A highlight of the week is the Small Business and Startup Career Fair, which offers unique opportunities for students and businesses alike. Employers seeking to fill full-time, internship, co-op or research positions may find candidates among the Penn State students in many disciplines and majors who attend the fair each year.

Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Startup Week, slated for March 22–26, will be completely virtual. The Small Business and Startup Career Fair will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. For a registration fee of $50, organizations get their own “virtual booth” with space for an unlimited number of recruiters, plus technical  training and support both before and during the fair.

Sponsorship opportunities at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels are also available to help recruiters stand out from the crowd and make a strong impression.

March 16 is the deadline to register for the Small Business and Startup Career Fair. To learn more and register, visit:

This year’s Startup Week lineup features a dynamic array of events and speakers, including JT Marino, co-founder of Tuft & Needle and chief disruption officer for Serta Simmons Bedding; Hunter Swisher, founder and CEO of Phospholutions, Inc.; Jess Weiner, cultural expert, educator and CEO of Talk To Jess; and Natalie Nixon, creativity strategist and president of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit:


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