Student Resources

Find the resources you need now…

                  … with our Penn Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Interested in Starting a Business?

  • Experts in Residence:
    • Start Here Mondays Meet with a member of our knowledgeable staff and learn how to craft your entrepreneurial path
    • Business, Technical, and Legal Sign up to meet with student or industry experts who can help with the practical problems of launching a startup
    • Haft Entrepreneur in Residence Meet one-on-one with alumni entrepreneurs for advice on the entrepreneurial career path
  • Innovation Mixers Meet Your Team at an Innovation Mixer. Take part in team-building games that will help you find your cofounder.
  • Startup Challenge Compete to win a place in the Startup Showcase, and gain access to resources that help you build your startup: structured, milestone-driven accountability, feedback from industry experts, designed to help you to iterate, coworking community sessions, team building, group advising and workshops with practical advice for how to found and build a company.
  • Startup Showcase April 28, 2017 A day-long event showcasing the best of entrepreneurship from across Penn, including student entrepreneurs pitching for cash and prizes, demos of student startups, and networking with entrepreneurial alumni.
  • Venture Initiation Program:
    • VIP-Community The community, support, and resources you need to develop your venture, right here on the Penn campus. Co-working space, workshops covering entrepreneurship basics, group advising, and a support system of fellow VIP members. Rolling admissions.
    • VIP-Xcelerate Accelerate your business, for when you’re ready to launch. One-one advising, seed funding and awards, mentoring, community, advanced entrepreneurship workshops, co-working space. VIP-C members who have made progress in their ventures and met their objectives will be invited to apply. Three cycles per year.
    • VIP-San Francisco For students and alumni within 2 years of graduation. VIP-SF brings the resources of the Penn community to the West Coast. Two cycles per year, in spring and fall.
  • Clubs and Conferences
    • Current students can learn about all of the student-run clubs and conferences by logging in to CampusGroups (Wharton) and Groups Online at Penn.
    • Students who are actively working on a startup or who have founded a startup before coming to Penn/Wharton are encouraged to join the Penn Founders Club.

Want to Pursue an Entrepreneurial Career?

We’ve Got Awards!


  • We sponsor any student club activity at the University of Pennsylvania that is related to entrepreneurship.
  • All funded activities must be in keeping with the mission of the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Entrepreneurship.
  • Examples include events, conferences, guest speakers, lunch sessions, startup/VC Treks (not for individual travel; for club organized trips only), workshops. Apply here