How to Apply

Please check out the criteria below to ensure you are eligible to apply:

(1) At least one founding member of each applicant team must be a current undergraduate student, graduate student, or faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania.

(2) Applicants must be technology-enabled companies.

(3) Applicants must demonstrate a new approach to some product, service, business model, etc. Please remember that we do not take equity in funded projects. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply to the Innovation Fund


(1) Online Application

The application starts online with answering a few questions to help us get a better idea of how your business is run and how the Innovation Fund can help you.

(2) Coffee Chats & Mentorship

If your project reaches the second round of the application process, an Innovation Fund Project Manager will reach out for a coffee chat. Your PM will mentor you throughout the application process, acting as your company’s liaison to the rest of the Innovation Fund. Your PM will give you feedback and eventually help prepare you to pitch or “defer” your company by offering constructive feedback.

(3) Pitch

If your project reaches the third round of the application process, you will pitch to the Innovation Fund. Pitches last 10 minutes and are followed by 5-10 minute Q&A sessions.

(4) Funding

Accepted teams will be awarded $500-$2,000 funding amounts and will have access to the Weiss Tech House’s technical, legal, and business mentoring resources. Funding amounts depend on companies’ specific needs for developing their innovative ideas.