Whether you’re looking for resources to start or scale your own company, to build the next generation of Penn entrepreneurs, or to engage with the alumni community, Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship can help.
Resources for Entrepreneurial Alumni
VIP-C: Find Community in our Incubator
Apply to join VIP-Community (rolling application), and become part of the most dedicated community of entrepreneurs at Penn. VIP-C members meet regularly in the group co-working space to support each other, set goals for their startups, take workshops, and get group advising on their ventures. The venture must be based in Philadelphia to participate. VIP-C is for ventures at the discovery and early development stages.
VIP-X: Accelerate your business, for when you're ready to launch
VIP-Xcelerate is an intense 4-month accelerator program on the Penn campus. Applications are by invitation only, and ventures must already be members of VIP-C. With individual advising, dedicated seed funding and awards, access to mentoring, advanced workshops, and all the resources of VIP-C, including co-working space and a strong community of fellow entrepreneurs.
VIP-SF: Our Bay Area Accelerator, open to students and alumni
Our Bay Area accelerator, open to students and alumni. VIP-San Francisco brings the resources of the Penn community to the West Coast with an intensive accelerator which runs twice a year, in spring and fall. With individual advising, dedicated seed funding and awards, networking with and mentoring from entrepreneurial alumni, and access to co-working space at Wharton San Francisco.
Build Your Business
In this program of MBA and undergraduate consultants, teams of two consultants participate in semester-long projects with a single client. Teams are supported by a 2nd year or Senior Engagement Manager.
Venture Capital for the Penn Community
Red + Blue Ventures
Red + Blue Ventures is a privately owned and operated seed and early-stage venture capital fund that invests in companies from the Penn ecosystem. Not affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.
Chestnut Street Ventures
Chestnut Street Ventures is a community of Penn alumni investors, investing in Penn alumni-led companies. Not affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.
Increasing The Number of Alumnae Founders
This new alumnae club encourages more Penn Wharton women to start companies—and help them get funded. The goal is to increase the number of Penn Wharton women founders and investors in the startup ecosystem.
Grow the Next Generation of Penn Entrepreneurs
When you become a mentor, you participate in the education of a student entrepreneur. Mentoring is offered 3 times during the year – Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer.
If you are a Penn alum interested in sharing your entrepreneurial or industry expertise with student founders, please email Cathy Ogur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Judge the Startup Challenge
When you judge the Startup Challenge, you enhance the entrepreneurial experience for today’s students, and strengthen our entrepreneurial community.
Students at all levels (from freshmen to PhD), from all Penn schools, and with any amount of entrepreneurial experience can participate. Judges are expected to provide both quantitative scores and qualitative feedback that will benefit the student team as they work on their venture. Interested in judging? Email Jill Anick.
Recruiting and Career Resources
Wharton MBA Career Management
Employers interested in hiring MBA students for summer internships and/or full-time positions are encouraged to contact the Recruiting Relationship Manager for Startups & Entrepreneurship. Learn more about recruiting Wharton MBA students and alumni here.
In New York and San Francisco, MBA Career Management holds annual Startup and Tech Expos, bringing together students with startups and tech companies that are hiring in New York and the Bay Area.
Are you an MBA alumnus or alumna looking to make entrepreneurship & innovation part of your own career path? Are you looking to join the board of an innovative company? Go to MBA Career Management’s Alumni Resources page to learn more about the resources available to the alumni community.
Penn Career Services
Penn Career Services holds a Startup Jobs Fair each spring semester for Penn and Wharton students who are interested in working or interning at a startup. You can also post job or internship positions here.
Watch this video from Penn Career Services on how to post ads for internships or jobs.
Having trouble turning your startup’s needs into a job or internship description? This guide can help.
Your Support Makes Everything We Do Possible
At Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship, we strive to stay entrepreneurial ourselves. Rather than relying on yesterday’s solutions, we innovate and iterate, testing new programs and getting feedback on their usefulness and relevance. This is why, whether you’re two years out or twenty, you may notice some changes.
Some things do stay the same, however. One is our dedication to providing the very best entrepreneurial education to our students. Another is the importance of support from our alumni, whose gifts make everything we do possible.
Meet Student Entrepreneurs
Launched in 2017, the Startup Showcase is the biggest entrepreneurship event of the year at Penn!
Watch the Startup Challenge finalists pitch live for $135,000 in cash and prizes; talk with student entrepreneurs demoing their startups; network with other entrepreneurial alumni; and see our vibrant entrepreneurial community in action.
Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Achievement Award
The Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Achievement Award recognizes excellence in the Wharton and University of Pennsylvania entrepreneurial community. Recipients are chosen by the Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and awarded at the Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Dinner in San Francisco. Meet our award winners!
Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship China Entrepreneur Award
Connect with Penn People
For over 15 years, student entrepreneurs and ventures that have gotten their start in our Venture Initiation Program. VIP-C is our in-house incubator, offering a supportive community of fellow entrepreneurs and workshops on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, while VIP-X, in Philadelphia, and VIP-SF, in San Francisco, are our accelerators, for when ventures are ready to launch.
Sort VIP alumni by name, industry, or location using our handy tool.
Quakernet, Penn’s directory of students and alumni, provides an extensive directory of entrepreneurs.
Log in, then click “Browse Directory Tags,” located under “Alumni Directory” in the left menu.
Select tags like…
- social entrepreneurship
- social enterprise
- startups or start-ups
- venture capital
…and more, to find alumni who are active in the entrepreneurial community.
Don’t forget to add yourself, and to update your tags!
Wharton Alumni Network
With 96,000+ alumni in 153 countries, 76 regional clubs, and 1,000+ alumni events every year, the Wharton Alumni Network is an amazing resource for making connections.