STREAMING live from INNOVATION PARK
Entrepreneurs, the future needs YOU! We call it The Pitch Conference - connecting students directly with professionals in entrepreneurial development. This event will be held virtually for students through the use of our video conferencing platforms. Sign up now to learn how to develop a compelling business plan!
PREVIOUS EVENT's EXPERTS
The knowledge experts below will guide your students toward a higher level of business aptitude.
Tim Keohane is the Director of the Penn State Small Business Development Center. Tim is dedicated to promoting growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement while helping businesses start, grow and prosper in Centre, Mifflin, Clinton and Lycoming Counties. In addition to responsibility for overall Center operations, Tim also assists business clients with the preparation of business loan proposals, including development of structured narrative business plans, extensive and detailed financial projections, and collateral documentation. Before serving the Penn State SBDC, Tim worked with the Lock Haven University SBDC for 20 years as director and business consultant. Tim has spent the majority of his professional career focusing on relationship building – with customers, clients, and other organizations. Tim specializes in business planning, financial & feasibility analysis, financing and loan packaging, capital acquisition, sales, marketing and advertising, and tax compliance.
As a Business Consultant for the Penn State SBDC, Elizabeth uses her experience in marketing and program design to provide educational programming and consulting that helps clients achieve their small business goals. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from The Pennsylvania State University, where she serves as adjunct professor in the Smeal College of Business. With a passion for serving aspiring entrepreneurs, she also coaches students in various entrepreneurship programs hosted by university and ecosystem partners.
Bridget has been a teacher for over 10 years and is currently teaching at State College High School as a Marketing teacher. At the high school, she has also been a DECA Advisor and has run the School-Based Enterprise. Prior to working at State College, she worked for American Eagle for 6 years where she learned customer service, sales, marketing, and store display knowledge. The past two years, she has had 2 sets of students make it to the top 5 for The Dream Learn Pitch Competition. Last year, she had the 1st and 2nd place winners.
Our organization is challenging our youth to rise up and meet the needs of our ever-changing world. We want our students to experience personal prosperity and satisfaction as they craft innovative ideas that may change lives.
Our world is riddled with social, economic, and environmental issues. Society won't progress without new ideas and the entrepreneurs who pursue them. There's an old proverb that says: "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime." Inspiring the next generation to "fish" is the first step to restoring The American Dream.
9:00 am - Welcome & Let’s Go
10:15 am - Develop: Pitch Development in Groups