The Y-Prize Competition invites student teams to propose innovative commercial applications for technology invented by University of Pennsylvania researchers. The winning team receives $10,000, which they may use towards commercializing the Penn-owned technology that their proposal is based upon.
The competition promotes intercollegiate cooperation, entrepreneurial spirit, and collaboration among the many schools at Penn. Successful teams must possess a balance of skills in science, technology, and business.
Past Y-Prize Competitions
The competition, which started in 2012, initially focused on the field of robotics, and many teams found their inspiration in challenges from their daily experiences. Winning ideas included a teaching robot hexapod and flying quadrotor robots intended to detect improvised explosive devices in war zones.
Subsequent competitions shifted the focus from robotics and offered a variety of technologies in the fields of biomedical engineering and nanotechnology. The featured technologies for the 6th annual competition will be announced during the summer of 2017.
Read more about previous competitions below.