Penn Center for Innovation

Innovator's Help Desk

Our newest tool to assist the Penn community

Invention Disclosure

Review PCI's invention disclosure process, submit an invention disclosure, and find the required forms

Contracts and Agreements

Learn more about PCI negotiated agreements and contracts, how to submit a request for contract review, and more

Penn Policies

Policies impact Penn faculty and staff; learn more about about critical elements of these policies

Educational Programs



Through a grant from NSF, the I-Corps program works with Penn faculty, staff, post-docs, and students to test and validate STEM startup ideas through Customer Discovery.

Participants learn valuable skills on connecting with customers, asking the right questions, and how to find partners to help get your startup off the ground. Plus teams are awarded grants of up to $2000 for participating!

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Graduates of the Penn I-Corps Program

Graduates of the Penn I-Corps Program


PCI Fellows

PCI Fellows are exposed to a wide range of emerging technologies and commercialization opportunities in – among others – the life sciences, physical sciences, and nanotechnology areas.

  • Fellows qualify to participate in a full semester seminar course “Biotechnology commercialization: the path from invention to market”, which will be delivered in conjunction with Penn’s Biotechnology Postdoctoral Program. In addition, all PCI fellows will participate in an intensive training workshop that will provide the necessary elements to support the commercialization of Penn technologies.
  • Fellows participate in a paid internship program focusing on assessing technical, commercial, and IP aspects of Penn technologies, and on assisting the development of commercialization strategies for Penn technologies. PCI Fellows will be expected to commit up to 10 hours a week and most assignments can be completed remotely.

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Fellows are trained on the commercialization and technology transfer process.