Penn Center for Innovation


Do you have an idea for a startup in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) area?


Registration for the Fall Short Course at the Penn I-Corps Site based in the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) is now open. Apply now – a limited number of teams are admitted to each I-Corps Short Course to allow for the best interaction with the instructors.


Teams are composed of two to four persons, who must be affiliated with Penn. Penn I-Corps can help you form a team.

The short course is two weeks, with an in-person kick-off, two weeks of work with weekly check-ins, and an in-person wrap-up. Courses are free to attend, and you do not need current/prior NSF funding to participate.

Completing a Short Course puts your team in an excellent position to apply to the national NSF Teams program — where you’ll have $50,000 in support to conduct customer discovery. (More information here)

Other benefits include participation in PCI industry marketing events, access to mentors, learning to de-risk your idea to move it forward quickly, exposure to the Philadelphia startup ecosystem, and up to $3,000 in funding for customer discovery.

Penn I-Corps is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1450467

Questions: contact Tomas Isakowitz



The Penn I-Corps Site is an NSF (National Science Foundation) program designed to facilitate commercialization of university research. The accelerator is a joint collaboration between the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), Penn Law’s Detkin IP and Technology Clinic, the City of Philadelphia, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SE PA, Wharton Entrepreneurship, and Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

Our first corporate sponsor is PwC.





This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1450467.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



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