We are the Weiss Tech House
Since 2003, students with a broad range of interests and skills have come here to explore, collaborate and learn as part of our community of innovators and entrepreneurs.
We encourage and support students with everything from development to commercialization, helping them bring their biggest ideas to life.
Check out some of the upcoming events at the Weiss Tech House.
Take your pick from the buffet.
We encourage and support students in the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies.
The Weiss Tech House is an excellent resources for student entrepreneurs because it provides an excellent safety net of knowledge and resources outside of the Penn community
WTH runs by combining student leadership with support from industry experts and University of Pennsylvania faculty members.
The Weiss Tech House was made possible by a gift from Penn Trustee and money manager, George Weiss. Weiss wanted to create a space that fosters the spirit of innovation and gives students the resources to develop their innovative ideas. Weiss is president of George Weiss Associates, Inc., a money management firm with offices in Hartford, Connecticut, and New York. He is best known throughout the country as the founder of the nationally recognized Say Yes to Education program that combines academic support and intervention with an offer to pay college tuition or vocational training costs for inner city students.
Dr. Yim is the Gabel Family Term Junior Professor and Undergraduate Curriculum Chair in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. A renowned robotics and innovation expert, Dr. Yim is popular among our students for his work developing the Rumble Pack technology in the Playstation2. Dr. Yim was Associate Faculty Director for the Weiss Tech House from 2005-2008. In 2008, he became the Faculty Director. Dr. Yim’s Website
Dr. Hsu is currently an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School, teaching two MBA electives, Entrepreneurship and Technology Strategy. Dr. Hsu’s areas of interest are in entrepreneurial innovation and management. Within that domain, he has investigated topics such as intellectual property management, start-up innovation, technology commercialization strategy, and venture capital. In 2008, he became the Associate Faculty Director. Dr. Hsu’s Website
Ms. Stamer manages the marketing, public relations, fundraising and day-to-day activities of the Weiss Tech House and assists student volunteers in achieving the organization’s goals. Prior to joining the WTH, she was the Associate Director of the Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC) at the Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs.
Tanya Paul is a current senior in Wharton studying finance and statistics. She speaks 3 languages but can read 5. Her best dish is a cheese sandwich. In her free time, she enjoys reading Tech Crunch, NYT, and classic novels, doing ballet, and aerial yoga.
Nilesh helps support student tech entrepreneurs as Student Director at the Weiss Tech House, and is a Junior in M&T studying Computer Engineering and Management. He is also a Partner on the Dorm Room Fund, a Campus Ambassador at Sequoia Capital, and was formerly involved as a Lead Organizer of Pennvention. He cut his teeth in venture and technical roles at FundersClub and Globus Genomics, and is headed this summer to Indiegogo as a KPCB Fellow. In his free time, Nilesh enjoys butchering his favorite hip-hop lyrics, counting the days since Derrick Rose’s last injury, and reading about behavioral economics. He is a Pythonista through and through.
John is a senior and sub-matriculant master's student studying Mechanical and Systems Engineering with a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. In addition to his role as student director at the Weiss Tech House, he serves as the Vice President External of the Engineering Deans' Advisory Board and is a member of the Hexagon Senior Society and Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Next year, he will be returning to Penn to finish his master's education.
Ben is a junior from the Chicago area and Co-Director of the Pennvention competition. He is studying Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Engineering Entrepreneurship. On campus he plays violin in the Penn Symphony Orchestra, serves as Vice President of the Penn Education Society, and is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He will be interning at Goldman Sachs during the summer of 2015.
Guthrie is a student in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology studying Mechanical Engineering and concentrating in Management at the Wharton School. As the Co-Director of Pennvention, Guthrie is passionate about stimulating innovation on campus especially as it relates to the energy industry. He spent the summer of 2014 in Beijing, China developing retrofits for coal-fired power plants to help reduce pollution.
Krish Ramineni is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania and the chair heading the Penn Innovation Conference for the Weiss Tech House. He’s actively involved in start-up initiatives in both enterprise and consumer software. His previous roles include product management, biz ops, and corporate development in the tech space.
Anna Yang, co-chair of Events Roadmap, is a student in the Jerome Fisher Program for Management & Technology studying computer science, marketing, and management. Her interests include entrepreneurial management, brand strategy, and software development. For her, Weiss Tech House represents an incredible way to help fellow students navigate the journey to growing their own innovative ideas. On campus, she is also on the executive boards of MUSE Marketing and Women in Computer Science at Penn.
Govind Mattay is a third year undergraduate studying Bioengineering. He is interested in medical device startups and plans to attend medical school. He is involved in biotech research on campus, specifically in the development of anticancer pharmaceuticals. He joined the Events Roadmap and PennVention committees his freshman year, and currently serves as the Events Roadmap co-chair.
Defu Wan, chair of Platform, is a senior studying Computer Science and Finance. He has a deep interest in building interesting cool applications that excite and delight others and himself. He loves the Weiss Tech House because it is a great way to meet other aspiring entrepreneurs and keep up with the startup world.
Aly co-chairs the Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund, and has served on the fund for past three years. He is a senior in Wharton, and is initially from Toronto, Canada (go Leafs!). Aly loves all things social #snapchat #yikyak, and is always down for coffee or ice cream. Follow Aly at @alylakha, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.