Discover Innovation at Penn


Mack institute for innovation management

The Mack Institute for Innovation Management joins rigorous research with practical applications to help established firms navigate the risks and rewards of innovation.

We are the hub of a global learning network for scholars, business leaders, and students. Each year, we host several major conferences and workshops; fund MBA, PhD, and faculty research; and sponsor student initiatives relating to innovation and emerging technologies.


Penn Center for Innovation

Every day, research activities at Penn result in exciting scientific breakthroughs and technological advances that have commercial potential. PCI’s goal is to work in partnership with Penn faculty, staff and students to advance these discoveries and ideas towards new products, services and/or businesses that provide benefits back to Penn, its inventors and society.



Center for healthcare innovation

The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation facilitates the rapid, disciplined development, testing and implementation of new strategies to reimagine health care delivery for dramatically better value and patient outcomes. We currently focus our work in five areas: Making people healthier, Bringing care into people's lives , Reducing the cost of health care , Enabling and accelerating innovation , Encouraging and catalyzing others 




The Pennovation Works is a unique blend of offices, labs, and production space being developed by The University of Pennsylvania to bridge the intellectual and entrepreneurial initiatives for advancing knowledge and generating economic development.

The Pennovation Center is a business incubator and laboratory that aligns and integrates researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs for the commercialization of research discoveries. Intended to marry entrepreneurs with an expert workforce and scientifically advanced facilities, key features of the Pennovation Center are the common creative spaces, including coworking areas, a cafe, and a venue for events and programs.




The Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund is a student-run, mini-venture capital fund that offers non-dilutive funding to student-founded Penn startups. We provide current Penn founders — across all of the university’s undergraduate and graduate schools — with funding amounts ranging from $500 – $2,000, depending on their specific needs, to develop their innovative ideas. Take the first step and apply here!


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TEDxPenn was founded in 2010 by students to spark powerful ideas within the vibrant University of Pennsylvania community. Live speakers and TEDTalks videos will combine to inspire deep discussion and connection in a small group. We aim to foster an environment for spreading ideas. In turn, we hope that the Penn community will be challenged by the TEDxPenn experience to create a positive impact for the world. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.




The Singh Center is a next-generation nanotechnology center that merges traditional approaches to nanoscale development with unique state-of-the-art equipment, materials and ideas. With a focus on innovation, the Singh Center is a hub for scientists and researchers that integrates state-of-the-art nanofabrication and nanocharacterization equipment to define new frontiers in nanotechnology. The Center boasts expert and experienced faculty and staff who are committed to the success of its users and interested in new approaches to realizing and implementing nanotechnology applications


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franklin sp2 social innovation prize

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice are proud to present the inaugural Franklin SP2 Social Innovation Prize. The Franklin Prize is a cash prize awarded to the team of students that best develops the most promising and innovative project addressing an issue area in the SP2 Penn Top 10. On May 12, the six teams presented their projects in a live pitch competition held at the Pennovation Center, and the winner was decided by our panel of esteemed experts in the social innovation, impact and justice worlds.