Founder of the Week: Dana Kim

On January 23rd, WeissFund alumna and Wharton MBA student Dana Kim launched her product, Showcase, in the Weiss Tech House. The launch event brought a crowd of eager students to test it out and exchange snacks for opinions. WE are so proud of Dana for the success of her venture, and look forward to seeing her thrive in the future.

Pennvention Application Live

APPLY to Pennvention, Penn’s premier tech innovation competition held each spring since its inaugural event in 2005. Over the course of the competition, competitors will pitch their idea, develop an MVP or a new product feature, receive help from outstanding mentors, and potentially win over $20,000 in prizes.

Pennvention Application Live

Pennvention is Penn’s premier tech innovation competition held each spring since its inaugural event in 2005. Over the course of the competition, competitors will pitch their idea, develop an MVP or a new product feature, receive help from outstanding mentors, and potentially win over $20,000 in prizes.

APPLY HERE

WeissLabs Cohort Application Live

Working on an awesome STARTUP idea? Then APPLY to WeissLabs- Penn’s premier student-run startup incubator by February 5th!

Cohort members will join a community of incredibly passionate entrepreneurs on campus, go through a ten week program that will guide them building their startups, receive mentorship from top professors and local founders, and pitch their company to Philly’s best venture capitalists at the end of the semester!

Contact us at weisslabs@gmail.com if you have any questions.

WeissX Cohort Application Live

WeissX will run its inaugural cohort from February to April 2020. Teams of 3-4 students will develop a hardware device from concept to a functional prototype. Students will be given access to fabrication resources (3D printers, laser cutters, electronic prototyping materials) as well as up to $1000 in funding to purchase materials for their device.

Apply by January 27th!

Showcase Launch Party

The Weiss Tech House is incredibly excited to announce the launch of Showcase. Showcase is a vending machine network that is creating efficiency in the consumer research industry. People can try any of the products in the machine for free using the QR code generated by the app. Consumers create an account on vendit.app and can make a selection of an item to vend on the app.

The official launch of the product will be at 4 PM this Thursday at the Weiss Tech House (2nd floor Levine hall), but feel free to stop by the Weiss Tech House before that to check out the product!

Elevator Pitch Winners

On October 24, thirteen talented teams of Penn student entrepreneurs presented their startup ideas at the Weiss Tech House’s Elevator Pitch. Judged by Spencer Weiss (M&T ’19), venture capitalist Brett Topche (W’02), and businessman Harvey Hoffman, contestants could leave with prize funding of $1000 for first place, $250 for second, and $100 for third.

From student projects such as TokenLaunch to GLO, many brilliant ideas were pitched. The judges ruled that in 3rd Place came MyOnlineLocker, 2nd was Fitalyst, and 1st was Inventor Space. MyOnlineLocker provides a secure online cloud service where nonprofits can store the documents of homeless persons for easy access and form filing. Current partners who are working alongside and offering expertise to MyOnlineLocker are Broad Street Ministry and Penn Law. Coming in 2nd Place, Fitalyst utilizes messaging platforms to build data-driven and time-saving wellness tools for students and their institutions. Their first product called Tag, which offers streamlined communication with friends over FaceBook messenger, has already 400 student users and the Fitalyst team seeks to expand to 3 to 5 schools in the near future. Finally, in 1st place, came Inventor Space. Inventor Space seeks to better design High School Makerspaces that are aligned with student interest and teacher expertise. Inventor Space currently pilots their approach with 180 students through a high school in Pennsylvania with partnering teachers. The team behind Inventor Space seeks to expand further and continue to offer new innovations in education.