Frequently Asked Questions

What resources are available to student inventors and entrepreneurs at the Weiss Tech House?

We offer an ever expanding compilation of human, monetary, and practical resources to aid students in their exploration, creation and development of innovative technologies. Students can:

Do I have to have a specific major or skill level to participate?

No. The Weiss Tech House welcomes, encourages and has opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and backgrounds. We are a diverse community of students with varying interests and skill sets, who share an interest in all things technological. Our student inventors are impacting a broad range of industries that include national defense, biotechnology, retail, consumer goods, sustainable development, sports and entertainment. But you need not be an aspiring inventor to participate. There are many volunteer opportunities available within our six student committees: Community Relations, Innovation Fund, PennVention, Mentoring, Marketing, and IT. Join the Weiss Tech House!

Can you put me in contact with a past speaker, alum, or industry mentor?

If available, we will do our best to put you in contact with a past speaker or mentor. To access our network of over 200 business and industry mentors please send an email to info@tech-house.upenn.edu with your name, contact information, and request. Please allow at least 48 hours for a response.

I don’t have an idea. Can you help me find a team or project to work on?

There are many ways to get involved with the Weiss Tech House. If you’d like to share your talents or subject knowledge with a team already in existence, we may be able to help connect you with students in need of your expertise.

If you’re interested in forming your own team, you can try PennLaunchPennLaunch is an internet service that helps students, alumni, faculty, and staff of universities to connect, network, form teams and collaborate on projects.

Do you have to invent something in order to get involved?

No. Though we do support inventors and entrepreneurs in their endeavors, our educational mission creates a diverse community where anyone with an interest in technology can find their niche. You’ll find many opportunities to learn and explore, from attending a special event or dinner, to writing for our newsletter, Momentum, to teaching an after-school science and technology program in West Philadelphia elementary schools. Students can also volunteer to judge their peer’s projects and award funding, market our programs and events on campus, manage our website, or plan the annual student invention competition, PennVention. Visit our student committees page to join one of our student committees.

I have an idea for an invention but am not sure how to get started. Where do I begin?

If you’re not sure where to begin, you may send an email to info@tech-house.upenn.edu. We will assess your needs and point you in the right direction.

Does the Weiss Tech House take equity in the student projects?

No, the Weiss Tech House provides resources and support on an unconditional basis and does not take any equity in student project launches.