CONSTRUCTION ALERT: Construction activities will be ongoing at the main access road on the Pennovation Works campus through October 2023. During this time, a traffic detour pattern will be in effect.
By creating an atmosphere for collaboration, creativity, and productivity for innovators from all disciplines, the Pennovation Center brings people together to foster interaction and the exchange of ideas. Interior spaces in the 58,000 sqft building emphasize daylighting and retain an industrial character to develop social space with a "cool factor," while an adjacent outdoor plaza focuses activity on the site and link surrounding buildings and open spaces to this new hub.
Landscaping for the entire site includes stormwater management techniques, increased connections between buildings, and access to Schuylkill River trails. Wayfinding and signage fosters an identity for the site, and increases visibility of the site and the Center from the surrounding area.
The campus development plan, Penn Connects, recommends sustainable development for all new projects. The Pennovation Center has been awarded a LEED Gold rating by the US Green Building Council.
The Center staff includes a full-time Managing Director, Community Manager, and Lab Manager, who ensure that our members and tenants have a world-class experience each day and manage all meetings and special events.
The Pennovation Center, through a collaboration with PCI Ventures, produces and hosts a robust series of programs, training meetings, and events each month. Our signature events and programs are detailed below. All current event offerings from PCI and other Penn organizations in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship ecosystem can be found online at https://pci.upenn.edu/events/list/
These are the types of programs you’ll see at the Pennovation Center:
The Mentor-in-Residence (MIR) Program pairs startup companies with accomplished entrepreneurs and industry leaders who serve as informal advisors. The Mentors participate in the development of PCI Ventures portfolio companies and Pennovation Center members, providing advice on business strategy, market penetration and fundraising. The Mentors also bring with them a wide network of contacts that the companies will be able to leverage.
Learn more about the MIR Program and meet the 2021 mentors.
The Pennovation Accelerator is an annual event inviting a cohort of local startups to engage in a six-week virtual program each summer to develop their business strategy and cultivate their network. Cohort companies participate in weekly educational sessions presented by subject matter experts. Each company is paired with an experienced mentor to advise them on their journey. In addition, curated networking opportunities help companies make connections into the larger Philadelphia entrepreneurial community.
The Pennovation Accelerator concludes with Pitch Day, where companies pitch to mentors, investors, and peers.
Members are solopreneurs, multi-person startups, freelancers and/or mobile professionals working, collaborating and engaging within Pennovation Center.
The space features offices, lab benches, Inventor Garages and coworking desks on two floors and flexible floor plans to fit any budget and workstyle.
Some membership tiers include 24/7 access, allowing tenants to produce their best work during non-traditional hours.
You'll be in great company...take a look at a current list of our Member Companies.
Based on your membership level, Pennovation Center members have access to:
The following flexible options are available depending on the stage of the concept, invention or company. At the Pennovation Center, members can experience the collaborative energy of open coworking spaces in the heart, create your inventions in our Inventor Garages, conduct research in our state of the art labs, or write and produce your work from the quiet of a private office.
The Pennovation Center features conference rooms, collaboration zones, and flexible spaces ideal for a variety of professional and social occasions. With support from our network of planning and production professionals, we help members and guests stage corporate events, networking mixers, offsite retreats, workshops, and conferences.
Download our Events Brochure to review our available spaces and resources, and reach out to our team about hosting an event at the Pennovation Center. We look for events aligned with the Center's mission to support innovation and entrepreneurship.