Startup Week Pitch Competition

Tuesday, April 2nd • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

114 Earth and Engineering Sciences 

Happy Valley Ventures will be hosting its second annual pitch competition during 2019 Startup Week. Student-run startups will be competing for $3,500 in prizes. Winners will be invited to the culmination ceremony at the Pegula Ice Arena on Sunday to be recognized by President Barron alongside the other SUW pitch competition winners. The deadline to enter is March 18th! The event is held in an effort to promote and foster innovation and entrepreneurship at Penn State while additionally giving students the opportunity to learn more about the inner-workings of the venture capital industry.

The contest, which is open to all student-run start-ups from the Penn State community, has three rounds. Start-up companies can enter at the bottom of this page by filling out the form at the link by March 18th. From there, the submissions are analyzed and discussed by the HVV Investment Committee members. If teams are selected to move onto the next round, they will then have the opportunity to meet with HVV Investment Committee members to receive advice and guidance in refining their business models and pitch decks. After another round of due diligence, the top five teams will be selected to move onto the final, public, pitch competition component of the event.

At the culminating event on April 2nd, the competitors will pitch their startups to a panel of venture capital professionals and experienced entrepreneurs. This will give student entrepreneurs the chance to receive feedback from industry professionals to help them reach new milestones in growing their businesses. Winners will receive prize money provided by the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship and consideration for follow-up early stage investment. Prizes of $2,500 and $1,000 will be awarded to the first place team and runner-up, respectively. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to stop by for all, or a portion, of the pitches. Coverage of last year’s event can be found at: