From chewing gum that helps fight dental disease in the developing world to eye glasses whose sales support the donation of eyewear to people in need, Penn students have long been leaders in innovating for social change.

The President’s Innovation Prize is Penn’s biggest vehicle yet for awarding student innovation and entrepreneurship.  With a cash award of $100,000 plus a one-year $50,000 living stipend per team member, it is the largest opportunity of its kind in higher education today.  Awarded annually to a graduating Penn senior or team of seniors, the President’s Innovation Prize provides our students a unique path to be inventive and to think broadly about cutting-edge commercial projects that also have social impact.

The 2022 cohort of PEP, PIP, and PSP winners at celebration luncheon.

The 2022 cohort of PEP, PIP, and PSP winners smile for a photo with Interim President Wendell Pritchett and Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein.

The Prizes would not be possible without the generous support of Trustee Emerita Judith Bollinger, WG’81, and William G. Bollinger, in honor of Ed Resovsky, C’65; Trustee Emerita Lee Spelman Doty, W’76, and George E. Doty, Jr., WG’76; Trustee Emeritus James S. Riepe, W’65WG’67HON’10, and Gail Petty Riepe, CW’68; Trustee David Ertel, W’87WG’88, and Beth Seidenberg Ertel, W’88WG’92; Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation; Trustee Ramanan Raghavendran, EAS’89, W’89, LPS’15; and an Anonymous donor.