Bridging the gap between cutting-edge university research and economy-promoting commercialization for the benefit of our communities
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.
Project Olympus Initiatives
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.
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.
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.
"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
Blue Tree Capital Group
Stack Exchange Inc.
Olympus and Spark Friends
David A. Auerbach
Lenore and Manuel Blum
Mark W. and Stephanie Dorgan
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:
National Science Foundation
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA)