Penn State Altoona to hold Startup Week events

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Penn State Altoona will hold multiple events for Startup Week, March 14-29.

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ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona will hold events for Startup Week, March 14-29.

A University-wide event, Startup Week takes place each spring and brings leading minds in entrepreneurship and innovation to Penn State campuses across the commonwealth. The week features entrepreneurial workshops, networking events, student pitch competitions, and presentations from startup founders and corporate innovators, including many Penn State alumni. 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.

A schedule of events is available on the University Park campus Startup Week site. Information about Penn State Altoona’s Startup Week events is available on the Penn State Altoona Startup Week page.

Top Five in Twenty-Five: Saving for Retirement Under 3012:05 to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, online via Zoom. Jesse Ickes, financial adviser and business partner with Beck, Smithbower, Ickes Financial, LLC, will share best practices and tips on how to start investing for your future with a beginner's guide to saving for retirement. Zoom registration is available online.

Downtown Redevelopment: An Entrepreneur’s Mission to Revitalize Altoona4:40 to 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in Room 201 of the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, or online via Zoom. Christopher Cook is president of Cook’s Painting & Renovation and C&J Rental Management. He has renovated several buildings in downtown Altoona over the past three years and has acquired several others. He will share his vision for Altoona and why he chose to redevelop challenging buildings in Altoona’s urban core. Open to students and community members. Zoom registration is available online.

Engineering Design and Pitch Challenge6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Pond View Lounge of the Slep Student Center. Stop by to cheer students on as they present engineering projects for judgment on the engineering content, quality of material, clarity, and understanding of their project, and overall presentation. The Engineering Design and Pitch Challenge is a competition hosted by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite family. Open to students and community members.

Networking for Success6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, in the Slep Student Center. This event will bring various professionals from the Blair County community and Penn State Altoona students together. In small groups, students will rotate around tables and listen to professionals offer advice and discuss their careers and life experiences. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions. Register on Connect.