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SummerFounders2020 3C

Want $15,000 to work on your startup?

The Summer Founders program gives startups with at least one Penn State student founder a $15K grant to work on their startup, social good, or non-profit idea over the summer.

Startups also have access to…

  • weekly meetings and 1-on-1 coaching sessions with experienced entrepreneurs
  • 80+ advisors to grow their network and accelerate their ventures
  • up to $3000 in funding for customer discovery
  • up to $1500 in funding from the PNC  Market Test Fund
  • $1500 for an intern for one semester
  • free server credits, SolidWorks and 1-year POWr subscription valued at over $8000

This program is currently scheduled to be all-virtual and will require participants to have:

  • Access to a computer with audio and video capabilities
  • A stable internet connection
Participants must commit to working 40-hr/week for the duration of the program.


  • Applications Open: Jan 6th
  • Applications Close: 11:59PM Feb 14th
  • Finalist Interviews: February 25th-26th
  • Teams Selected: March 1st


In addition to workshops and 1-on-1 advising, startups meet as a group virtually each Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30PM from May 19th through August 11th.

Idea TestLab_Icon

Have a cool idea that you want to turn into a business?

The first step in taking your idea from concept to business is figuring out if you have identified a problem worth solving.

Our 4-week virtual Idea TestLab helps you:

  • get a better handle on what problem your customer really has,
  • figure out where potential customers hang out, and
  • identify the value you can provide that others can’t.

Participants have:

  • access to up to $3000 for customer discovery
  • access to 1-on-1 mentoring

This program will be an all-virtual program and will require the following to participate:

  • Access to a computer with audio and video capabilities
  • A stable internet connection


  • Applications Open: Jan 18th
  • Applications Close: 11:59PM Feb 19th
  • Teams Selected: Week of Feb 22nd


Startups will meet virtually from 6-8 PM on the following dates:

Mar 16, 23, 30, and Apr 13


Interesting in meeting with someone about your idea? We'd love to hear what you're working on.