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(you can apply as a team or as an individual looking to form or join  a team)

To form your team, attend our team formation sessions at the Penn Center for Innovation (directions)


12-1pm Wed Feb-27
4-5pm Tue Mar-05
4-5pm Mon Mar-11


Apply by for grant amount
10-Feb $3,000
17-Feb $2,500
24-Feb $2,000
3-Mar $1,500
10-Mar $500

Once a cohort fills up, you are queued for the next one

We are especially welcoming applications in the following areas:

  • Medical Devices and Digital Health
  • Robotics
  • The Internet of Things
  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Social Impact Technologies
  • Blockchain applications


Forming your team:

I-Corps Site teams are composed of three (minimum) to five members. The members:

entrep, academic, mentor leads for website

Team Composition

Teams must have a minimum of two members and a maximum of four. The roles are as follows:

  • Technical Lead (TL): has a deep understanding of the technology at the core of the team’s idea. Has to be faculty, staff, or student at Penn.
  • Entrepreneurial Lead (EL): will organize team activities and be responsible for all deliverables. Has to be faculty, staff, or student at Penn.
  • Optional – Industry Mentor (IM): an individual with industry experience and not affiliated with the university as student or faculty
  • Optional – specialist (SP): an individual that possesses other skills that fit in with the team’s activities.

Time Commitments

The TL and EL must commit to class time plus approximately 10 additional hours a week for Customer Discovery.  Other team members must commit to 5-10 hours a week in addition to class time.