Student entrepreneurs present their business ideas to a panel of judges, Shark Tank–style. The team or teams with the strongest ideas and best pitches will compete for part of a $30,000 prize pool to earn funds for their start up companies.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 — “The Investment” show taping at WPSU studio
Thursday, April 19 & Friday, April 20, 2018 — Top six student company competitors will pitch at the Penn State Venture & IP Conference
Inc.U began in 2015 as a pilot program funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. It was originally a collaborative effort between the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Bucknell University, and Penn State to foster undergraduate entrepreneurship. Each of the three university partners worked in their local areas to support and grow programs for this initiative.
Starting in 2016, the Penn State Inc.U competition, managed by PennTAP, has evolved to become a Penn State program funded by a five-year grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (USEDA) in partnership with Invent Penn State and their entrepreneurial assistance centers. Part of the USEDA grant funds “The Investment,” a student competition where Penn State student start-ups go head-to-head to win significant investment dollars for their companies.