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 annual Inc.U competition and eventually earn a spot to compete on “The Investment” TV show.

The 2018 Inc.U competition submission deadline has past. Contact us to learn more about how to compete in the next competition cycle.

Key Competition Dates:

  • Saturday, April 7, 2018 — “The Investment” show taping at WPSU studio
  • Thursday, April 19 & Friday, April 20, 2018 — Top six student company competitors will pitch at the Penn State Venture & IP Conference

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

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

Past Winners

Learn more about 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.