The Place to Be for Industry and Tech in 2021


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An impressive roster of spring events make Penn State a popular stop for not only Happy Valley  industry and tech experts, but for industry and tech experts, researchers in a range of fields, startup founders and investors as well. Check out these upcoming events and mark your calendar now. 

Penn State Startup Week: March 22-26

Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Penn State Startup Week, slated for March 22–26, will be completely virtual. 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.

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Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference: April 15-16

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference brings together more than 50 investors and many more entrepreneurs for more than a thousand face-to-face meetings and, for the 2021 virtual conference, while things may look a little different, the connections still have a huge impact. In the past, the conference has drawn more than 800 attendees from across the country, making it one of the largest tech startup conferences in the Mid-Atlantic region, attracting startups from a range of industries including healthcare, advanced manufacturing and biotechnology. Can’t-miss agenda items include keynote speakers, virtual happy hours and informative sessions on topics like investing in rural America, venture growth in the COVID-19 era and IP protection.

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Times Higher Education Innovation and Impact Summit: April 19-22

Penn State is co-sponsoring the Times Higher Education Innovation and Impact Summit, with the theme “Cultivating resilience, changing the world.” Times Higher Education describes the event as its “most ambitious so far.” According to a release sent to the sponsoring institutions, “COVID-19 has threatened the very survival of research universities, but it has also clearly demonstrated their vital role in responding to the current pandemic and future existential challenges. Maybe more than ever, governments are relying on research institutions to provide solutions to the challenges that we all face. The summit will bring together higher education leaders and investors to explore these topics and discuss how the impact of universities may be increased.” Attendance is open to those with a direct relationship to Penn State.

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Spring 2021 EarthTalks Series: Mondays through April 26

The Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences presents its Spring 2021 EarthTalks series, which focuses on technologies that could help slow down global warming. It will address questions related to carbon taxes, renewable energy subsidies and the feasibility of carbon sequestration, among other topics. The seminars, which are free and open to the public, take place from 4 – 5 p.m. on Mondays via Zoom.

Learn more and attend.


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