Groundbreaking research begins in Penn Engineering laboratories, but it certainly does not end there. Researchers in the School, both faculty and students, have ample resources designed to guide their innovations to the marketplace.

Penn Center for Innovation

The mission of University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) is to transfer inventions and innovative knowledge to outside organizations for the benefit of society. PCI encourages invention disclosure; protects Penn’s intellectual property; obtains and manages patents, copyrights and trademarks derived from Penn’s academic research; and markets and licenses Penn’s intellectual property to established companies as well as new business ventures for product development and commercialization.

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The Weiss Tech House

The Weiss Tech House is a student-run hub of technological innovation that encourages and supports students in the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies. Students with a broad range of technological interests and skill can explore, collaborate, and access resources like lab and meeting space, funding, educational workshops and a network of industry mentors as they learn how to turn their innovative ideas into realities. Two reservable Innovation Stations allow students to work more efficiently to achieve their goals. More than $60,000 in funds and in-kind services is awarded to students each year from an in-house, mini-venture capital Innovation Fund and PennVention student invention competition.

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University City Science Center

The University City Science Center was the first, and is one of the largest, urban research parks in the United States. Throughout its history, the Science Center has focused on providing both the physical space and the key resources needed to help commercialize new technologies and nurture new companies.

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