Look out world, your startup is coming. It may disrupt an industry. It may be the next hot thing everybody has to have. It may solve a crucial, behind-the-scenes problem, or just make life simpler. The important thing is, we’re here to help.



Entrepreneurship Classes

Work on your venture (MGMT231/806), and learn about venture capital (MGMT804), tech strategy (MGMT731), negotiations (MGMT291/691), marketing and ecommerce (MKTG227/727)  and more in our entrepreneurship classes.

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your business, for when you’re ready to launch


VIP-Xcelerate is an intense 3-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.

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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.

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Startup Challenge

Startup Challenge winners receive cash and prizes worth over $135,000 to help them launch their ventures, and finalists pitch in front of a live audience and judges at our signature event, the Startup Showcase.

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Startup Showcase

A showcase of the best student ventures from across the University of Pennsylvania, plus the finals of the Startup Challenge. This is the biggest entrepreneurship event of the year at Penn.

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Innovation Fund

Apply for a Penn Wharton Innovation Fund award to get seed funding for your innovative startup (rolling applications).

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Summer Venture Award

$10,000 to work on your startup over the summer, instead of a traditional internship, from the Summer Venture Award.

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Practical Problems

Meet with experts in law, business, tech, design, research, PR, communications, and more who can help you with the practical problems of launching a startup through our Experts in Residence program.

Haft Entrepreneur in Residence

Meet one-on-one with alumni entrepreneurs and ask them anything; another side of our Experts in Residence program.

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