Inc.U Competition

Investing in New Student Companies at Universities

PennTAP is looking for Penn State undergraduate entrepreneurs from any Penn State campus to compete in the spring 2019 Inc.U Competition and eventually earn a spot to compete on “The Investment” TV show for a share of at least $30,000 in funding. Visit the rules page and apply today for your chance to win funding, and take your business idea to the next level. 

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Key Competition Dates:

To enter, participants will submit a 2.5-minute video promoting their companies to PennTAP. Six finalists will be invited to pitch their companies to a panel of judges at an episode taping of “The Investment,” a WPSU television production.

  • February 10, 2019 – video submissions due
  • February 20, 2019 – top-6 winners will be announced
  • March 4, 2019 – top-6 companies must have legal company / entity established by this date 
  • April 6, 2019 – taping of the Inc.U – “The Investment 2019” TV show 

Past Winners

Watch the 2018 and past winners of “The Investment.”

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 competition, managed by PennTAP, has evolved to become a Penn State program partially 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 development of “The Investment,” a student competition where Penn State student start-ups go head-to-head to win significant investment dollars for their companies.