Penn Funding Resources
Awards, Prizes, Competitions, and Funds
This list brings together all of the startup funding sources at the University of Pennsylvania. It does not include programs, accelerators, or incubators that provide funds in addition to their educational content.
The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition is prestigious and well-funded education business plan competition, run by the Penn Graduate School of Education.
Created by Penn President Amy Gutmann to strengthen the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment under the Penn Compact 2020 to innovation, the President’s Innovation Prize awards a graduating Penn senior, or a team of graduating seniors, $100,000 (plus a $50,000 living stipend per team member) to envision and implement an innovative, commercial venture that makes a positive difference in the world.
Each year the Loveman Award, a cash prize of $1000, is given to the undergraduate student(s) with the highest cumulative GPA graduating with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Winners are notified in the spring.
Ian C. MacMillan Award for Excellence in Research & Leadership
This award is for an outstanding undergraduate who has worked as a research assistant at the Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center for at least 2 years. The recipient must be able to demonstrate creative abilities in doing Internet and library research, data compilation and data analysis. This individual must also demonstrate strong leadership qualities, especially while working with team members and the willingness to take the extra step in pursuing various research projects. Candidates will be selected from the Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center’s team of Research Assistants.
The Edward B. Shils/Leonard L. Zeidman Fellowships in Entrepreneurship
The Shils-Zeidman Fellowships in Entrepreneurship are awarded by Wharton Entrepreneurship annually to select incoming MBA students from under-represented US minority groups, developing countries, and Israel who have financial need and an intent to study entrepreneurship. Up to $10,000 is awarded to entering first-year students who meet eligibility criteria and demonstrate a commitment to entrepreneurship in their admissions essays. Fellowships are renewable in the second year of the MBA program contingent on good academic standing.
Resources for Penn Founders
These resources are either affiliated with the University or have a mission of working with Penn students and alumni.
Annual pitching and networking event for the Wharton Alumni Angels of Silicon Valley, held at Wharton San Francisco.