The University of Pennsylvania

Penn Engineering's GRASP Lab and the Wharton School's Mack Institute are looking for new uses for robots that can fly, crawl, and climb. We want to turn the best ideas into new startups, and we're giving you the chance to earn up to 10% equity in them.


About the competition

The GRASP Lab in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has an impressive roster of robots. Within the Wharton School, the Mack Institute for Innovation Management connects world-class researchers and business leaders to advance knowledge about emerging markets and user-driven change.

The Y-Prize Competition provides a chance for contestants to devise commercial applications for Penn technology. By joining forces with Marblar and IP Group, the GRASP lab and Mack Institute have opened the Y-Prize to competitors across the globe. Help us bring these robots out of the lab and into the marketplace, and own a piece of a high-flying tech startup.

Important dates for your calendar

Meet the Y-Prize robots and the GRASP Lab researchers who developed them

Check out our live Y-Prize Kick-Off on October 3, 18:30 EDT (23:30 UK)

Ideation and Marblar Competition Q&A with Wharton and SEAS Faculty

October 23rd, 12:00 EST

Market Research Q&A with Wharton business consultants

Week of November 18, 2013

Technical Feasibility Q&A with Grasp Lab tech consultants

Week of December 9, 2013

Deadline for idea submission

December 31, 2013