Penn Technologies, Your Ideas
Penn Engineers have created some of today’s most amazing new technologies. This competition offers the chance to envision how these technologies might shape our lives tomorrow.
The Y-Prize challenges students to discover the hidden potential in Penn research. You’ll learn what it takes to take technology out of the lab and into the marketplace, to transform invention into true innovation. You’ll gain a valuable foothold in Penn’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and meet brilliant people along the way. And if your team proposes the best commercial application for Penn technology? You’ll win $10,000.
The 2020-2021 Y-Prize is now closed. Subscribe here for updates when we launch the next round of competition.
Congratulations to the 2021 Y-Prize winning team: LiberTech. The team — Shangting (Lucy) Sun (Wharton), Sharon Ying Man Chan (CAS), Zhouzheyuan (Fred) Lu (CAS), and Hechun (Iris) Cai (Wharton) — pitched a commercial idea to use nanostructured membranes to dealcoholize beer and wine. At the finale on April 26, 2021, our judges chose LiberTech as the winner of the $10,000 prize from a group of four finalist teams. Read more.
Check out previous years’ winners to learn more about where the Y-Prize journey can lead.