Penn Center for Innovation

The impact of providing hands-on, interactive projects

Posted on March 4, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

With inventXYZ, President’s Innovation Prize winner and I-Corps graduate, Nikil Ragav has created a high-tech curriculum for high school to motivate future problem-solvers. Read More on Penn Today

Percepta featured on the RealLIST Startups 2021

Posted on January 25, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The 10 promising companies on Philly’s RealLIST 2021 offer unique solutions to ever-present problems, an honorable mission or an intriguing founder story.  Percepta, a resident at the Pennovation Center and an I-Corps graduate, is featured on the list. View the list on Philly

Prepare for the Spring I-Corps course with a look back at the Fall 2020 cohort

Posted on January 14, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Building a startup with a strong foundation begins with understanding your customer, the market need, and how your idea or product will fit.  The Penn I-Corps program provides the tools (and up to $2,000) for Penn entrepreneurs looking to get a better handle on customer discovery and how they can apply it to their ideas….

Spinout Stories: Paradigm Surgical

Posted on June 24, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

In our Spinout Stories blog series, PCI features a Penn-affiliated company that leveraged programs like PCI Ventures and I-Corps on their path to commercialization.  Paradigm Surgical is one such startup success story.  What started as an idea in Dr. John Fischer’s lab to improve abdominal surgery for hernias, is now a five year old medical…

Spring 2020 Penn I-Corps celebrates graduates and launch of a virtual program

Posted on May 14, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The spring 2020 Penn I-Corps training was a success despite the logistical challenges faced by the teams and I-Corps program staff due to COVID-19. The cohort got underway right when the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the Penn campus closing. In previous sessions, each of the I-Corps teams would meet in person over five weeks to…

Nikil Ragav wants to bring high-tech, hands-on learning to all students

Posted on May 8, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

“The goal is to provide this type of learning to every school in America regardless of its location or income level of its students, especially in underserved communities.” – Nikil Ragav winner of the Penn President’s Innovation Prize and fall 2019 I-Corps graduate.   Read more on Penn Today

More Philly tech graduates are staying here. That’s a good thing.

Posted on October 25, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

When it comes to high tech, Philadelphia is no Silicon Valley. We’re not even Boston’s Route 128, bumptiously designated “America’s Technology Region.” But Vijay Kumar, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, is optimistic about the region’s future as a high-tech center. “I think we are hitting an inflection point in the…

President’s Innovation Prize deadline is January 24, 2020

Posted on October 16, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Created by Penn President Amy Gutmann to strengthen Penn’s commitment under the Penn Compact 2020 to innovation, the President’s Innovation Prize will provide a graduating senior, or team of graduating seniors, $100,000 (plus a $50,000 living stipend per team member) to envision and implement an innovative, commercial venture that makes a positive difference in the…

Three-year-old pumping bra startup Lilu is shipping its first orders

Posted on August 30, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Lilu, a graduate of PCI’s I-Corps program, is starting to ship orders of its flagship product, a hands-free bra with automated massage. Read more. ( Philly)

I-Corps Blog: Sonosolve

Posted on February 26, 2016 — pennadmin

Sonosolve, one of the teams in the Spring 2016 Penn I-Corps Site Accelerator, has been documenting their experience so far.  Week 1: Catheters are used widely in medicine and surgery. Indwelling catheters may become colonized by bacteria through biofilm formation or obstructed with blood clots, proteinaceous debris, or other bodily contents requiring flushing and/or surgical…