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What is the Olympus Incubator Program?
Project Olympus is a startup incubator program that encourages and supports entrepreneurship on campus. It helps faculty, students, and staff 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.
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The startup projects are the centerpiece of the enterprise. Here teams of faculty, students, or staff from across the campus explore the commercial potential of their research and ideas. Guidance is provided at every stage by the Project Olympus in-house entrepreneurs-in-residence and a network of economic development partners.
Have an idea? Fill out the Business Concept Template [.doc] and schedule a meeting with Kit Needham, Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Project 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 student startup projects kick-start their business ideas. Every semester, students submit proposals and pitch their ideas to investors, with winning projects 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 Project Olympus I was able to get critical insights on how to refine my product, my value proposition and my market strategy. Project 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
National Science Foundation
Pacven Walden Inc.
Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA)
Stack Exchange Inc.
David A. Auerbach
Tony R. Berkman
Lenore and Manuel Blum
Eric C. Cooper
Marcel D. DePaolis
Mark W. and Stephanie Dorgan
Marc C. Guldimann
Caddy and John Harper
James Jacob Huttner, M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew S. Langsam Esq.
Kit and Cliff Needham
The Painter Family
Kyle J. Schriver
Adam Sohnen, M.D.
Carol K. Stockman
Rocco R. Tarasi III
Richard and Nancy Waichler
Justin David Weisz
Robert A. Wooldridge
Phil K. Yoon