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Tuesday, April 2 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Happy Valley Ventures Pitch Contest

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To enter or to find out more about Happy Valley Ventures, please visit smealventurepartners.com.

Happy Valley Ventures (HVV) will be hosting its second annual pitch contest with student-run start-ups competing for $3,500 in prizes. The live final event is open to the public and is intended to provide students the opportunity to learn more about the inner-workings of the venture capital industry. The deadline to enter is March 18!

Winners will receive prize money provided by the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship along with consideration for follow-up early stage investment.

The contest, which is open to all student-run start-ups from the Penn State community, has three rounds.  In the first round, start-ups enter the contest by filling out the form on the HVV website.  HVV Investment Committee members will then select up to 25 teams to move on to the second round.

In the second round, each start-up team will meet with members of the HVV Investment Committee for a feedback and due diligence discussion.  The start-ups will then have the opportunity to refine their business models and pitch decks. The entire HVV Investment Committee will evaluate the updated pitches and select five teams to compete in the third and final round.

At the culminating event on April 2, the competitors will pitch their startups to a panel of venture capital professionals and experienced entrepreneurs.  Prizes of $2,500 and $1,000 will be awarded to the first place team and runner-up, respectively.  All five start-ups will receive feedback from the industry professionals to help them reach new milestones in growing their businesses. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to stop by for all, or a portion, of the pitches.

 Additional information regarding last year’s event can be found here.

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Bob Beaury

Director, SEDTAPP Entrepreneurship
Bob has been directly involved in the development of more than 100 new products and the creation of their market introduction programs. His expertise includes building start-up companies and the practical implementation of innovation, product development and sales and marketing programs... Read More →
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Alexander Isaacson, '18

CFO, EVE Energy Ventures
Alexander is the CFO of EVE Energy Ventures, where he leads business development. EVE is a cleantech company that enables electric vehicles (EV), chargers, and the grid to interact seamlessly through our innovative technology and services. Its cloud-based scheduler for EV owners to... Read More →
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Matt Rhodes, '79

Managing Director, 1855 Capital
Matt Rhodes is a senior executive with experience ranging from start-up funding and management to leading $1B+ semiconductor business. He has a track record of leading product development teams and business organizations to profitable, market winning positions in hyper-competitive... Read More →
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Matt Roda, '20

Chief Marketing Officer, Reflexion Interactive Technologies
Shortly before starting his freshman year at Penn State, Matt teamed up with two high school buddies to find a better concussion test. After experiencing his own injury from ice hockey and years of headaches that persisted, the team knew there had to be a better way to take care of... Read More →
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Santosh Sankar, '10

Co-Founder, Dynamo
Santosh Sankar cofounded Chattanooga-based venture capital firm Dynamo in December 2015 with Ted Alling, Barry Large and Allan Davis. He is responsible for the strategic vision, planning, and investing of the global seed fund. Santosh has led investments including Starsky Robotics... Read More →

Tuesday April 2, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
114 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

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