Five student startups win funding in Inc.U Competition

Undergraduate students from the College of Engineering were among the winners 

March 24, 2023

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News. Eight undergraduate students from the College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering and School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science were featured. 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Undergraduate students from the College of Engineering were among the winners in the 2023 Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition. Kicking off Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC, student teams pitched their startups to a panel of judges and competed for up to $30,000 in funding.   

The winning teams that included engineering students were:  

  • $2,500was awarded to BeyondClass, a centralized hub that provides college students easy and fair access to opportunities such as scholarships, networking, and career boosting competitions. The startup is founded by students Stella Cho, College of the Liberal Arts, Daniel Lee, Eberly College of Science and College of Information Sciences and Technology, and Charlie Kim, College of Engineering. Kim majors in computer science. 
  • $2,500was awarded to Chirp Alert, an innovative application providing reliable news in challenging African environments. The startup is founded by College of Engineering students Eric Leon, Jamie Kantorczyk and Sonika Kohli, who are majoring in biomedical engineering. Leon is also majoring in mechanical engineering.  
  • $2,500 People’s Choice Award was won by Vera, which uses the latest technology to prepare college students for landing a job after graduation. Members of Vera include College of Engineering students Yaj Dewan, Omer Kandemir, Stephen Leshko and Omar Rady, who are majoring in computer science. 

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