About Us

This is an exciting time for entrepreneurship across the University of Pennsylvania…

Venture Lab is a resource for any Penn student who is interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. We maximize the ability of our students and alumni to address important challenges through entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.

Ignited by great ideas, our faculty, students, and alumni turn innovative concepts into scalable and sustainable businesses, and bring entrepreneurial development to existing companies eager for change. In a world hungry for productive innovation, our disciplined approach challenges concepts, focuses ideas, and provides the know-how to turn fledgling businesses into strong, enduring organizations.

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Karl T. Ulrich is Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce at the Wharton School. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development. He has won numerous teaching awards and is also a serial entrepreneur.

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Trang Pham is the Executive Director of Venture Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and leads our entrepreneurship and innovation programs. Prior to Wharton, Trang launched several companies, helped clients create new technology products as a management consultant, and ran an incubator that built companies around breakthrough innovations in the government defense and aerospace industries.


Like so much else at the University of Pennsylvania, Venture Lab has a proud history.

The Wharton School was the first to develop a fully integrated curriculum of entrepreneurial studies, in 1973. The Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center was the first Center dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship.

Looking Ahead

Today, Wharton boasts one of the largest entrepreneurial teaching programs, the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program, offering more than 30 courses across seven disciplines to thousands of students and entrepreneurs each year. New active learning environments bring entrepreneurship to life in the classroom. Our faculty and students study entrepreneurship around the world.

And always, our students and alumni create new companies, build new products, join startups, and work to solve society’s most pressing needs through entrepreneurship.

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