Bringing Entrepreneurs and Innovators to Happy Valley

Penn State Startup Week brings some of the leading minds in entrepreneurship and innovation to the University Park campus. From April 17-21, 2017, this year’s event will feature entrepreneurial workshops; networking events; student pitch competitions; and talks from startup founders, including many Penn State alumni.

By connecting students with innovative alumni and pioneers who are achieving success in a variety of disciplines— through startup initiatives of their own or with new ventures in already established organizations—Penn State Startup Week inspires students to go beyond what is expected of them and expand their minds to think more broadly in whatever career path they choose.

Entering it's sixth year, Startup Week is a weeklong celebration of ingenuity and inspiration.

Originally founded as IST Startup Week in 2012 by the College of Information Sciences and Technology, the growth of the event to Penn State Startup Week will now engage nearly every corner of the university. Past events have drawn speakers from around the country, including the founders of high-profile companies like Weebly, Dropbox, Reddit, Scribd, and Twitch.

Startup Week will feature a series of events organized around six of the University's strategic priorities:

Advancing the Arts and Humanities


Driving Digital Innovation


Enhancing Health


Impacting the World


Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources


Transforming Education


Invent Penn State Initiative

Through this annual event and other initiatives, such as entrepreneur-in-residence scholarships and the addition of an entrepreneurship minor, Penn State looks to strengthen its commitment to actively supporting the university’s Invent Penn State initiative.

This campaign aims to drive economic development, a culture of entrepreneurship, and student career success by building a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem across campus and training students at the cutting edge, placing them in emerging fields and job opportunities.