Posted: March 22, 2018

All students are welcome! Learn to pitch ideas, practice pitching and compete to win $1,000. Don't worry if you don't have an idea. Come anyway to learn this valuable skill!

No pitching experience, idea or team is necessary. Come ready to learn. (Have an idea or team or some pitching experience? That's OK too.)

Team formation is Monday evening, March 26, 7:30 - 10 pm in the Smeal MBA Commons Lobby next to the Blue Chip Cafe.

Teams will compete in four distinct tracks:

  • Digital
  • Health
  • Freelance
  • General startups.


Tuesday, March 27, 8-10 pm:

  • Perfecting Your Pitch, 125 Business Building
  • Design Thinking, 217 Business Building

Mentoring/coaching is available Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28, 9 am to 6 pm in 217 Forest Resources (FRR). Students can drop-in as needed to work or get help from a coach or mentor.

Challenge Finals will be Wednesday, March 28, 8-10 pm, Smeal MBA Commons Lobby.

Dinner and snacks will be provided.

Event registration:

This is is a Penn State Startup Week event sponsored by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program at the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Submitted by Lisa Duchene (