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.

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.

WeissFund Applications Open

WeissFund is now accepting applications from student-run startups on Penn’s campus for non-dilutive funding of up to $1500. Teams must have at least 1 current Penn student to apply. We encourage any team ranging from “back of the napkin” ideas to those with developed products and customers to apply. Our mission is to support student entrepreneurship and innovation by providing resources to founders to let them take their companies to the next level. Find out more about our funding process here. We look forward to meeting with you to achieve that goal!

Apply here!

Congratulations Pennvention Winners!

This past Tuesday, 8 finalists pitched their start-up ideas to judges in hopes of winning big prizes to make turn their ideas into reality. After two hours of pitches, the judges picked four outstanding teams, with an emphasis on bio-tech and health, to take home prizes. Meet our winners: Sanguis, Carbolytics, NanoXCell, and Stellar.

Sanguis, founded by Divyansh Agarwal (Yale ’15), Daniel Zhang (MIT ’15), and Prateek Agarwal (Harvard ’15), is a portable blood cell monitoring device that allows cancer patients to measure their blood cell counts in a cost-effective, accessible, and simple manner. The device is similar to a glucose  monitor, where patients would prick their finger and use a chip to analyze their blood. This would allow these patients to predict infection before it is too late, and to contact their physicians for preventative treatment instead of having to go to the ER and face high-cost emergency treatment. Their product has been tested on several clinical samples, and they are already in partnership with Jefferson Health. Sanguis took home first place at Pennvention.

The second place winner was Carbolytics, founded by Vikram Krishnamoorthy (C’20, W’20) and George Pandya (M&T ’20).  Carbolytics is a cell therapy platform that uses a microfluidic circuit embedded with a carbon nanopipette that automatically detects the penetration of cells, allowing for automation of the process. This technology can be used to reprogram cells to tackle diseases in a precise and scalable manner with unlimited capacity at a low-cost, beating out current cell therapies that use viral vectors.

NanoXCell Therapeutics, founded by Daniel Lundgren (C’18, W’18), Patrick Lundgren (University of Oxford MsC’18), and Shelby Wilkinson (C’18, W’18), came in third place. Their technology also uses carbon nanopipettes, but aims to help patients with different genetic skin diseases by using a gene therapy process that will allow the transfer of genes larger than the current viral vector technology can store. Treatment is currently difficult because of the size of the gene that leads to these diseases and because of the dominant trait of the disease. NanoXCell solves both of these issues in an automated and inexpensive manner.

Stellar, founded by Hyung Jin Yoo (SEAS ’18), Lila Cohn (SEAS ’18), EricTepper (SEAS ’18), and Haimin Yie (SEAS ’18), took home the Social Impact Award. Stellar is an app that helps those who are dying engage with friends and family, helping to alleviate the social isolation and disengagement that can result when people are near the end of their lives. The app allows the caregiver to form a team of friends and family who can arrange visits, leave voice memos, or contribute to a team album with pictures and other memories that allow for meaningful conversation and engagement. The app will also include product and service recommendations that can help ease the patient’s experience based on what their disease or complication is.

 

Congratulations again to all our winners, and for all the finalists as well!