The Summer Venture Award (SVA) of $10,000 is intended to assist students financially over the summer in lieu of full-time internships so that they can concentrate on developing their entrepreneurial ventures. Winners are required to work on their ventures full-time over the summer.
Available to Penn and Wharton undergraduate Juniors, First-Year MBA Students, and Penn graduate students in their last internship period.
Applications are closed for 2017. They will reopen for 2018 in the fall.
Questions? Email Valentina Goutorova.
Funding for this award is provided in part by the generosity of The Heller Family Foundation, Eileen and Jon Case Venture Award Fund, Mr. and Mrs. William Holekamp Fund, Anonymous
Timothy Blomfield GEN’18 WG’17
Incidnt is a web and mobile phone application that provides students with an anonymous, easy to use tool to report bullying incidents in the school setting.
Achille Verheye GEN’18
Climbing robots for vertical access.
Scott Elfenbein WG’17 - brEDcrumb
brEDcrumb matches high-achieving high school students with the personal guide they need to reach their full college potential.
Negar Rajabi WG’17 - Cemsica
Cemsica develops proprietary technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with superior efficiency and minimal footprint.
Andrew Barnell WG’17 - Geneoscopy
Geneoscopy is developing a screening methodology to noninvasively diagnose colorectal cancer (CRC) using biomarkers in stool samples.
Christopher Molaro WG’17 - Neuroflow
NeuroFlow is changing the way we see brain health. A software solution that uses real-time biometric data to improve the assessment and treatment of mental illnesses.
Erik Skantze WG’17 - Perseus Mirrows
Perseus Mirrors is making the next generation mirror: an interactive, connected device with stunning technical features and a user-centered design.
Julia Peng C’17/W’17 - VivaVax
VivaVax is an early-stage biotech company developing a painless, needle-free, low-cost vaccine patch that eliminates the dependency on healthcare practitioner availability. VivaVax’s primary mission is to increase accessibility of vaccines globally, from a more efficient delivery method to enhanced thermostability.
Bobby Virdi WG'16 - Bahari Capital
Fever Smart: Aaron Goldstein W'16
Fever Smart is a smart patch thermometer that allows users to remotely and continuously monitor temperature.
Havenly: Emily Motayed WG'16
Havenly is a fresh take on interior design–for one flat fee, we set up you with one of our talented interior designers.
SetSail: Lucy Zhang WG'16 & Lucy Peng WG'16
SetSail promotes effective international education by using software and mentorship to help Chinese high school students prepare for and apply to US colleges.
SmartPlate: Ford Kerr WG'15
SmartPlate is the world’s first intelligent plate that instantly analyzes everything you eat.
GenHERation: Katlyn Gasso W'15
GenHERation is a female empowerment network for high school girls that inspires them to become catalysts of social change.
AlumVest: Lane Rettig WG'15/G'14
Lane also co-founded Seratis, which was acquired by HudlHealth in 2016.
Layers: Evan Rosenbaum W'14
Evan is now cofounder of Blend, a mobile messaging app that can be used for group video chat.
Maculens: Frank Brodie WG'14/MD'14
ProfessorWord: Betty Hsu WG'14
ProfessorWord offers an easier and more effective way to teach and learn vocabulary.
1DocWay: Samir Malik WG'13
1DocWay: A marketplace connecting hospitals with underserved care facilities. We bring the doctor’s office online.
SpeSo Health & Catalogue.com: Rajiv Mahale WG'13
In a WVA first, one student entrepreneur applied and made the finals with two different ventures. He has been offered one award to allocate across both ventures:
SpeSo Health provides safe, secure second opinions from the best research institutions in the country, brought to you digitally.
Catalogue.com is an online marketplace for professionally curated interior design inspiration.
Cloudable.me: Steve Lau WG'13 and Jon Dussel WG'13
Dagne Dover: Deepa Gandhi WG'13
Dress it up, dress it down – but stay organized no matter what with a Dagne Dover, the perfect bag for every occasion.
Grand Round Table: Su Que ``Kristy`` Leong WG'13
Grand Round Table empowers medical practitioners to connect seamlessly with the expertise, experiences, and shared resources of their own medical communities on one simple-to-use platform.
Osus: Steven Dong W'12 and Corey Lerch W'12/ENG'12
Lore: Dan Getelman W'12/ENG'12
Lore is the place to go online for your classes. (Lore was acquired by Noodle Education in 2013).
Gamma Basics: Mike Kijewski WG'12
Gamma Basics was the maker of grayCAD, a software application that helps hospitals assess their radiation safety compliance. (Gamma Basics was acquired by Varian Medical Systems in 2013.)
Mooblue: Nimit Maru WG'12 and Roberto Sanchez Garvin WG'12
Flipables: Lee Beinstock WG'11
Kembrel: Cherif Habib WG'11
Rx-Text: Sarah Russell WG'11
Rx-Text creates text message-based applications to improve communication between providers and patients.
Charlie Mike Technical Institute: Tom Silva WG'11
Wall Street Oasis: Patrick Curtis WG'10
Wall Street Oasis is an online community for finance professionals and students trying to make it to Wall Street for careers in investment banking, sales & trading, private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, consulting, asset management and more.
ChronoWake: Rob Goldstein W'10
PayDivvy: Michael Melby WG'10
PayDivvy is a social payments platform that allows friends to manage and share any type of expense in real-time. (Paydivvy was acquired in 2013 by Higher One, which was subsequently acquired in 2016 by Blackboard.)
Warby Parker: Jeffrey Raider WG'10
Warby Parker is a transformational designer, marketer, and retailer of fashionable eyewear sold online at one fifth the price of traditional glasses.
SearchEkko: Noah Ready-Campbell W'10
Noah went on to found Twice, an online consignment shop for fashion, which was acquired by eBay in 2015.
MedVolution: Jonathan Cooper WG'09
Mike has now founded Life.io, is the world’s first web-based platform specifically designed to help people make better decisions every moment, to take care of themselves more, to engage more, to simply live more. Delivered through insurance companies or employers, it’s always on, sharing inspired ideas on how to live better today and every day after.
StealthRowing Divisble: Daniel Harbuch W'09
Manoramic.com: Sameer Nigam WG'09
Sameer has now founded PhonePe, a mobile payments app that allows you to transfer money instantly to anyone, by using just their mobile number.
Milo: Jack Abraham W'08
Jack is now founder of Zenreach, the modern marketing platform for offline businesses, which allows businesses to discover their walk-through rate.
PlaceVine: Adam Erlebacher WG'08 and Greg Neichin WG'08
Red Ladder Media: Vikram Joshi WG'08
Angiologix: Masha Merchant WG'08
JuiceLife: Blake Sonnek-Schmelz WG'08
Invite Media: Nat Turner W'08
Nat is now co-founder of Flatiron Health, which is working to help cure cancer, partnering with cancer centers to organize the world’s oncology data in order to accelerate research and optimize treatment.