Penn Center for Innovation

Spring I-Corps Startup Accelerator Program Information & Networking Sessions

The Penn I-Corps program will host several sessions via zoom to provide information about the I-Corps offering and to facilitate forming teams. You can attend even if you do not have an idea or a team.  In addition, take some time to read this article about the fall session and the previous teams.

Monday, March 1st at 12pm. Register here.


Innovation @ Penn Virtual Pitch Event

Join us on Wednesday, March 17 from 4-6pm Eastern to hear from a few of the innovative startup companies emerging from Penn and Pennovation Works.

This pitch event provides a great opportunity to learn about the latest innovation from Penn students and entrepreneurs! This event is happening during SXSW 2021.  The complete list of the 8 startups pitching will be announced soon.

Interested investors can follow up with a particular company after the event.

After registration, you will be forwarded the webinar link and calendar invite.

You don’t want to miss this- register now!



Funding Opportunities




The $10K Y-Prize challenges students to create a business plan using new technologies invented at Penn Engineering.  This year, participants can choose from two technologies: one that offers highly selective filtration capabilities, and another that facilitates communication between mapping robots and humans.


Sustaining Women’s Progress in STEM

Each year, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, the Weingarten Center, and other Penn partners, host a symposium focused on Women in STEM.

This year’s virtual symposium is entitled Sustaining Women’s Progress in STEM and will take place on Tuesday, March 23, 12-1:30 p.m. EST. President’s Distinguished Professor. Vijay Kumar, Ph.D., Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering will deliver the keynote. Register here.



Call for Medical Device and Health-Tech Development Projects

Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation invite faculty and staff from Penn, Penn Medicine, and CHOP to submit proposals for pilot funding through the Health-Tech Design and Development program. The goal of this funding program is to support the development of medical device and health technology projects that address important unmet medical needs and/or the translation of the technology (e.g., commercialization, licensing agreement, start-up formation). Learn more. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 6th at 5:00 pm.



MedCity INVEST is the premier national healthcare investing conference.
This year, the virtual program will highlight healthcare innovation in the pandemic, and the seismic changes taking place across healthcare. The event is April 19 – 23. 


BioNJ’s 11th Annual BioPartnering Conference

The BioPartnering Conference will be held virtually May 18th & 19th, 2021. Hundreds of life science attendees are expected to attend, including executives, investors, institution exhibitors and business development professionals.  Learn more.


Webinar: University Startups: Tips for Early Stage Investors



Watch Our Past Webinars:

PCI Ventures 2.0: Updates to the Flagship Company Formation Programs . Recorded February 24, 2021


Startup Creation for Engineers. Recorded December 8, 2020


IP and Patenting for Engineers. Recorded November 18, 2020


VC 101: An Introduction to Venture Capital. Recorded November 12, 2020


Latest Intellectual Property Trends in Life Sciences. Recorded October 8, 2020


COVID’s Impact on Life Science Investing. Recorded September 10, 2020


SBIR/STTR Resources to Bring Your Technology to Market. Recorded August 4, 2020


Pennovation Works: Opportunities for Researchers and Startups. Recorded June 25, 2020


Turn Your Engineering Idea into a Startup. Recorded May 28, 2020


Company Creation at the University of Pennsylvania. Recorded April 16, 2020



Check out the Pennovation Center’s Event calendar here: Pennovation Calendar


Our Annual Celebration of Innovation Recap:





Every Wednesday @ The Pennovation Center: Drop-in office hours with PCI Ventures at the Pennovation Center (suite 229) from 9:00-12:00


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