Startup Week Pitch Contest

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

Happy Valley Ventures will be hosting its second annual pitch contest during Startup Week in room 110 of the Business Building. 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. Winners will receive prize money provided by the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship and consideration for follow-up early stage investment.

The competition involves the selection of student-run start-up companies from the Penn State community and ultimately involves three rounds. Start-up companies can apply at the bottom of this page by downloading the template and submitting the filled out form at the application link. 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 before submitting them for the second round. 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.

The final pitch competition will consist of the top five teams each pitching their startups over a 10-minute time period. The event is judged by both professionals within the venture capital industry as well as entrepreneurs who have founded successful companies themselves. This will give student entrepreneurs the chance to receive feedback from industry professionals to help them reach new milestones in growing their businesses. All are welcome to stop by for all, or a portion, of the pitches. Coverage of last year’s event can be found at: