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 2019-2020 competition will be announced soon.
Read more about previous competitions below.