Inc.U Competition

Investing in New Student Companies at Universities

PennTAP is looking for Penn State undergraduate entrepreneurs to compete for a share of at least $30,000 in funding to push their businesses to the next level and eventually earn a spot to compete on “The Investment” TV show.

Students from all campuses are encouraged to apply.

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. The 2019 Inc.U competition application deadline is Monday, February 10, 2019. Contact us to learn more about how you can compete.

2018 Inc.U Competition — Top 6 Competitors

  • Hardwired — custom, high-performance PC design/build service
  • HemoGO — smartphone app combined with proprietary test strips that provides a complete blood count (CBC)
  • SponsrU — a trackable, goal-based achievement platform for crowdfunding contributions to pay down student debt
  • Steer Logic — automated team roping dummy designed to improve team ropers’ skills by utilizing robotics and engineering methods
  • Trimatis LLC — business that is creating a sustainable and more cost-effective way to 3D print at Penn State and across local communities
  • UnisBrands — company utilizing 3D printing technology to allow individuals to create custom footwear based on their style and size

Congratulations to our 2018 Inc.U Competition winner, HemoGO!

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 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.