Frequently Asked Questions
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:
- Apply for funding from our in-house, mini-venture capital Innovation Fund for grants of up to $1000.
- Compete for their share of more than $60,000 in cash and in-kind prizes at our annual PennVention invention competition.
- Attend a distinguished speaker series event.
- Tap into our network of industry experts.
- Connect with our legal and business mentors in one-on-one meetings.
- Access practical necessities like group meeting space, a computer lab, printing service, six project bays in which to build a prototype, a sewing machine, five tool boxes and a library of technical books and videos for students.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact information, and request. Please allow at least 48 hours for a response.
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 PennLaunch. PennLaunch is an internet service that helps students, alumni, faculty, and staff of universities to connect, network, form teams and collaborate on projects.
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.
If you’re not sure where to begin, you may send an email to email@example.com. We will assess your needs and point you in the right direction.
No, the Weiss Tech House provides resources and support on an unconditional basis and does not take any equity in student project launches.