Penn Center for Innovation

The UPstart program offers a wide array of services to assist entrepreneurial faculty members in the company formation and development process. UPstart  smooths the path to future success by working closely with faculty members as they build value into their technology through new venture creation.

UPstart  provides valuable services to newly formed companies:

Addressable Market Analysis

UPstart employs student teams from the Wharton SBDC to research potential applications for the company’s technology. These teams perform analysis on the size of the addressable markets and work with the company to begin developing product strategies.

Development of Marketing Materials

UPstart creates logos and websites (some with assistance from students in the Penn School of Design), as well as marketing materials for conference and investor presentations.

Fund Raising Strategies

UPstart collaborates with the founders to develop strategies and timelines for seeking funding opportunities. Numerous potential sources are pursued including, but not limited to, angel investors, economic development funds, seed stage venture funds, and government grants.

Management Team Recruitment

UPstart introduces the founders to entrepreneurs with the experience and capabilities necessary to begin building out the management team and infrastructure of the company.  We want our faculty to be entrepreneurial without needing to be an entrepreneur.

Assistant-to-the-Entrepreneur Program

UPstart matches entrepreneurs with highly qualified students looking for an internship with an early stage company.

Partnership Development

UPstart actively markets the company’s technology to potential partners as a method of providing alternative funding sources and to advance the pace of innovative research.

Commercialization Grant Preparation

UPstart provides comprehensive support that founders need to produce high quality grant applications that are well positioned to secure commercialization awards, such as SBIR/STTR funding.

Template Document Library

UPstart has assembled template documents covering most of the legal documents that may be required including operating agreements, management contracts, subcontract agreements, etc.

IP Strategy Development

UPstart employs students from the Legal Law Clinic to develop IP strategies for companies in conjunction with their plans for the business.

Preferred Partner Relationships

UPstart has developed relationships with several service providers that are comfortable and willing to work with newly started companies that have very limited operating capital.

Company Interns

UPstart supplies interns to companies from the Vagelos Life Sciences Program and the Management and Technology Program.

Incubator Lab and Office Space

UPstart offers companies the opportunity to lease both lab and office space at attractive prices.