Entrepreneur in Residence

Celebrating OVER 10 years of successful student mentorship!


What is the Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) Program?

Since its inception in the Fall of 2001, Wharton Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneur in Residence program (EIR) has provided over 1700 Penn students with the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with over 170 successful entrepreneurs. This one-of-a-kind mentoring program is a fabulous complement to classroom learning, a great benefit and resource for students, and a wonderful source of engagement for entrepreneurs.

Open to all students at the University of Pennsylvania, the EIR program provides tremendous opportunities for students to expand their networks and get critical and immediate feedback on their ventures or entrepreneurial career goals and aspirations.

Once a week during the academic year, a highly accomplished entrepreneur visits campus to meet one-on-one with students. The visiting entrepreneurs come from diverse fields and are chosen based on their success starting and managing successful enterprises.

The EIR program is open to all students at the University of Pennsylvania. Students must register in advance via the EIR website; registration opens two weeks before the EIR arrives on campus (at midnight at the start of Tuesday for most EIRs, i.e. as the clock changes from 11:59pm Monday to 12:00am Tuesday). Please note that you will need to login with your PennKey or a Wharton Entrepreneurship account, if you previously created one, and will be asked to either upload a resume (pdf format) at the time of registration (preferred) or return to upload it 5 days before the EIR session.

Students are expected to come prepared with questions, based on their ideas, opinions, and strategies for potential or actual business ventures and/or pursuing their entrepreneurial aspirations. Students are encouraged to choose to meet with entrepreneurs who are active in fields that capture the student's interest.