6th Annual Y-Prize Competition Now Open

3D printing scaled down to just a few nanometers. A pipette small enough to penetrate a single cell without damaging it.

Since 2012, the Mack Institute has helped host the Y-Prize Competition, a contest in which members of the Penn community compete to propose the best commercial applications for an emerging technology. This year’s competition features two new nanotechnologies from the labs of professors Haim Bau and Rob Carpick. Now Penn students have the chance to take the innovation process for a spin by proposing real-life applications for these technologies.

Competition entries consist of a video pitch and a slide deck, and will be evaluated on market opportunity, value proposition, team strength, and execution plan. Four finalist teams will be selected to pitch live at the Finale in late January 2018. The winning team will receive a grand prize of $10,000, and may be eligible for automatic entry into the semifinals round of the Penn Wharton Startup Challenge.

Students can learn more about the two featured technologies and meet potential teammates at the Kick-Off and reception on Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. at Steinberg-Dietrich Hall Room 350 (registration required).

For more information about the competition, visit the Y-Prize website.