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Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

Project Olympus

Bridging the gap between cutting-edge university research and economy-promoting commercialization for the benefit of our communities

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What is Project Olympus?

As part of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Project Olympus encourages and supports entrepreneurship on campus by helping faculty and students turn their cutting-edge research and great ideas into startups.

We provide startup advice, micro-grants, incubator space and connections for faculty and students across campus and with the wider regional, national and global business communities.

Our successes

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Project Olympus Initiatives

PROBEs

Short for PRoblem-Oriented Business Exploration, PROBE projects are the centerpiece of the enterprise. Here teams of faculty and students from across the campus explore the commercial potential of their research and ideas. Guidance is provided at every stage by the Olympus in-house entrepreneurs-in-residence and a network of economic development partners.

STUDENT PROBES
FACULTY PROBES
PAST PROBES

Olympus Show & Tell

Project Olympus Show & Tells provide a window into the many exciting startup and entrepreneurial endeavors on campus. It's also an excellent place for students and faculty to connect with the larger local entrepreneurial community.

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Spark Grants

The Olympus Spark Grant Fund helps Olympus PROBE students kick-start their business ideas. Every semester, students submit proposals and pitch their ideas to investors, with winning PROBES going on to receive funds. The funds are provided by charitable gifts from alumni and other community donors.

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"Project Olympus was the perfect place to launch my first company. Through Olympus I was able to get critical insights on how to refine my product, my value proposition and my market strategy. Olympus also helped me form a core network of business connections and mentors who have helped me pilot multiple successful businesses over the years."

- Davin Lafon, Founder, Aletheia Innovations

Donor Recognition

Olympians

Roy Levin
Richard Sanzi

Event Sponsors

Blue Tree Capital Group
Duolingo Inc.
Innovation Works
K&L Gates
Stack Exchange Inc.

Olympus and Spark Friends

David A. Auerbach
Lenore and Manuel Blum
Mary Burlando
Mark W. and Stephanie Dorgan
Samir Gupta
Caddy and John Harper
Andrew S. Langsam Esq.
Kit and Cliff Needham
Pacven Walden Inc.
Adam Sohnen, M.D.
Carol K. Stockman
Rocco R. Tarasi III 
Justin David Weisz 
Robert A. Wooldridge and Kelly Sacco
Kyle J. Schriver
Phil K. Yoon

Project Olympus and its PROBEs gratefully acknowledge support from the following foundations and organizations:

Heinz Endowments
Idea Foundry
Innovation Works
Kauffman Foundation
McCune Foundation
National Science Foundation
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA)