Inc.U Competition

Investing in New Student Companies at Universities

PennTAP is looking for undergraduate student start-ups from any Penn State campus to compete in the spring 2017 Inc.U competition and eventually earn a spot to compete on “The Investment” TV show. Visit the rules page and apply today for your chance to win investment funding, and take your business idea to the next level.

Key competition dates:

  • Sunday, February 5, 2017 — All student company video submissions due
  • Monday, February 27, 2017 — Top six student company competitors announced
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 — “The Investment” show taping at WPSU studio

Find out more about the entrepreneurial resources available at Penn State.

About Inc.U

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, managed by PennTAP, has evolved to become a 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 student start-ups go head-to-head to win significant investment dollars for their companies.

“The Investment” Winner – Project Vive

Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, founder of Project Vive, took home 1st place in the 2015 “The Investment” TV show.