Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization Workshop

For PSU faculty, staff, and students who are interested in the impact of technology commercialization. The workshop will introduce faculty and students to the concept of starting a company based on a materials technology. The workshop will be run by Matt Rhodes, the Managing Director of the 1855 Fund. There will be speakers from the venture capital market, early and mid-stage Penn State start-ups, and organizations on campus that provide resources for startups.

AGENDA for Monday, October 28, 2019

Location: Millennium Science Complex 3rd Floor Commons
Workshop Host: Matt Rhodes,
Managing Director of the 1855 Fund

8:30 a.m. Welcome Address by Clive Randall, Materials Research Institute Director

Venture Fund Perspective

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Matt Rhodes - 1855 Fund - Objective of the 1855 fund, process for selecting projects, examples of supported companies
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Shuo Zhang - Managing Partner and CEO, Renascia

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Networking Break

Penn State Resources Panel

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion and Dialog: Available PSU Resources to starting businesses

  • Scott Johnson – Entrepreneur in Residence, Ben Franklin Tech Partners
  • Lee Erickson – Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley Launchbox
  • John Peterson – Interim Director, Penn State Small Business Development Center
  • Jennifer Myers – Vice President, Economic Development – Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County

Open Q&A from Attendees (note that you may submit a question during your RSVP – see bottom of page)

Special Welcome

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Dr. Lora Weiss, PSU’s Senior Vice President for Research, will be introduced to the PSU Materials Community and she will share her thoughts on transitioning technologies out of university labs into application.

Entrepreneurs Perspective

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Anacor Pharmaceuticals and Boragen – Steve Benkovic - Shared experiences from a PSU faculty entrepreneur who has been able to successfully blend academia and business.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Magnitude Instruments – John Asbury - A new materials company in State College selling product(s) developed from Penn State technology

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch — Please RSVP if attending so that we have the right amount of food.




Register For The Entrepreneurship Workshop

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