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April 21

The 2023 Startup Challenge brings out the best and brightest student entrepreneurs from across the Penn community. Come and watch our Eight Finalists compete for a slice of more than $300,000 in cash and in-kind awards to help launch their ventures!


Venture Lab offers five unique pathways for students and alumni interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. Each pathways features tailored programming that intertwines with our collective programs and resources.

What We Offer

Learn more about our programs, labs, and studios available to student #entrePENNeurs!
Our joint incubator-accelerator that introduces students to the key aspects of entrepreneurship such as ideation, validation, market-product fit, and more.

The Penn Wharton Innovation Fund exists to fund creative and meaningfully innovative ventures from the Penn student community.
Learn about our programs from the staff who manage them. Make an appointment now, in person or virtual!
The Studios @ Venture Labs are a collection of workspaces and labs that house digital and analog fabrication technologies that empower the Penn community to make their ideas a reality.
The Digital Design Studio at Venture Lab will be a comprehensive, print and digital production hub that features educational support for students, staff, and faculty across the Penn community.
Sign up today and meet founders, joiners, explorers, investors, and navigators from across Penn's ecosystem.
At seven stories and 68,000-square-feet, Tangen Hall is the largest hub of its kind on any college campus. Located on the northeast corner of 40th and Sansom streets, Tangen Hall is the physical “start here” button for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators at the University of Pennsylvania.

Founder Fireside Chat with Jim Bankoff, WG'96, Founder & CEO, Vox Media

Moderated by Lori Rosenkopf,Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Simon & Midge Palley Professor of Management

A twenty five year veteran of the online industry, Jim developed and led dozens of the most popular websites on the internet including, Mapquest, Moviefone, AOL Music, Netscape and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) as an Executive Vice President at AOL. He initiated and oversaw the drive to open up AOL's content and services onto the web and was the first executive of a major portal to embrace professional blogging with his acquisition of Weblogs Inc. and development and leadership of sites such as TMZ, Fanhouse, BloggingStocks and Engadget.
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Venture Lab was built to encourage interdisciplinary, integrated, and inclusive entrepreneurship. It’s a beacon that showcases the wide variety of opportunities across the University. Come grow with us!
Lori Rosenkopf, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship at The Wharton School
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