Venture Initiation Program

Become a member of the Venture Initiation Program (VIP), and join a thriving community of Penn entrepreneurs!

Which VIP is right for you?



VIP-C: 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
  • A support system of fellow VIP members
  • Help setting measurable goals… and achieving them!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


VIP-X: Accelerate your business, for when you’re ready to launch.

For VIP-C members who have met their goals and grown their ventures.

  • One-one advising
  • Seed funding & awards
  • Mentoring
  • Community
  • Advanced entrepreneurship workshops
  • Co-working space
  • Individualized attention to get you ready to launch your business!

Questions about VIP-C or VIP-X? Sign up for a Start Here Monday session with a member of our knowledgeable staff, or email Valentina Goutorova.

San Francisco


VIP-SF: Our San Francisco accelerator, for students and alumni

  • One-on-one advising
  • Workshops & group advising
  • Seed funding & awards
  • Networking & introductions
  • Mentoring
  • Community
  • Co-working space
  • Preparing you to launch your Bay Area startup!

Questions about VIP-SF? Email Irina Yuen.


We are grateful to the donors to VIP, who believe in the need to inspire and educate young entrepreneurs:
Eric S. Aroesty C’92
Alan J. Gold W’55
Stephen W’62/L’65 & Janis G’89/SW’91/SWP’05 Goodman
The Heller Family Foundation
The Isakow Family Foundation
Jason H. Karp W’98
Roy Kuan WG’95
Sergei Rodionov WG’02
Dan Schwab W’91
Michael Schwab W’85
Robert Sheft W’83
Amy Silfen W’83/WG’88
Emil K. Woods W’94