Programs & Resources

The Weiss Tech House offers the following programs and resources to aid students in their exploration, creation and development of innovative technologies.


  • Innovation Fund: Apply for funding from our in-house, mini-venture capital Innovation Fund grants of up to $5,000, as well as lab space and legal, business, and technical mentoring.
  • PennVention: Participate in our annual student invention competition and you’ll receive intensive industry consultation and mentoring services and have a chance to compete for more than $60,000 in cash and in-kind prizes at our final invention fair in April.
  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Attend an educational workshop, seminar or distinguished speaker series event. Past speakers include Josh Kopelman, founder of; John Osher, inventor of the Crest SpinBrush; and Marilyn Montross, Director of Vendor Relations for QVC
  • Business Mentoring Program: Take advantage of our in-house, graduate legal and business mentors.
  • Innovation Week: Participate in a week’s worth of activities to excite students from across the University about the possibilities of technological innovation. In 2006, our first annual Innovation Week included a panel discussion with successful entrepreneurs and a campus-wide treasure hunt where students flex their intellectual muscles to gather clues pertaining to Penn’s history of Innovation.
  • Leadership Opportunities: Join one of our six student committees: Community Relations, Innovation Fund, PennVention, Mentoring, Marketing, or Information Technology, and gain valuable leadership experience.


  • Lab Space, Computer Lab, Tools: Access practical necessities like group meeting space, a computer lab, printing service, six project bays in which to build a prototype, a sewing machine, five tool boxes and a library of technical books and videos for students.
  • Network: Tap into our network of alumni and industry experts by registering to receive weekly Weiss Tech House news updates and/or monthly newsletter, MOMENTUM, by sending an email to with “newsletter” in the subject line.
  • PennLaunch: PennLaunch is an online platform for the Penn community to utilize its members’ vast skill sets and resources. It is a searchable database for students, staff, and faculty to join or find team members for new and ongoing projects, as well as to advertise skills they have to offer. The primary goal of this service is to enable individuals and groups to easily connect with one another.

Penn alumni are invited to visit our Alumni page for information about resources and opportunities available to alumni.

Additional resources within Penn can be found here.