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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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Startup Projects

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.

Olympus Startup Projects A-Z

Project Olympus Show & Tell

show and tellProject 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.


Spark Grants

pulse gifThe 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.

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"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

Thank you to our Sponsors

Adam Sohnen, M.D.

Adrian Hodges

Andrew S. Langsam Esq.

Anthony Burlando

Blue Tree Capital Group

Caddy and John Harper

Carol K. Stockman

David A. Auerbach

Duolingo Inc.

Eric C. Cooper

Heinz Endowments

Idea Foundry

Innovation Works

James Jacob Huttner, M.D., Ph.D.

Justin David Weisz

K&L Gates

Kauffman Foundation

Kit and Cliff Needham

Kyle J. Schriver

Lenore and Manuel Blum

Marc C. Guldimann

Marcel D. DePaolis

Mark W. and Stephanie Dorgan

Mary Burlando

McCune Foundation

Michael Baum

Michael Donohue

Michelle Schriver

National Science Foundation

Pacven Walden Inc.

Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA)

Phil K. Yoon

Richard and Nancy Waichler

Richard Sanzi

Robert A. Wooldridge and Kelly Sacco

Rocco R. Tarasi III

Roger Byford

Roy Levin

Samir Gupta

Stack Exchange Inc.

The Painter Family

Theo Nicholas

Tony R. Berkman