The Startup Challenge offers student entrepreneurs from across Penn the chance to participate in the Startup Showcase–to pitch live in front of entrepreneurial alumni and to compete for funding and services to help launch their startups.

Through participation in the Startup Challenge and other Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship programs, student founders will have access to:

  • Structured, milestone-driven accountability
  • Feedback from industry experts, designed to help you to iterate
  • Team building
  • Teams are encouraged to apply to VIP-C to have access to coworking community sessions, group advising, and workshops with practical advice for how to found and build a company

The startups that progress furthest over the academic year will join the Startup Showcase, and be a part of the most exciting entrepreneurial event at Penn!

Competition Info:


Application deadline: Mid-January 2018

The Startup Challenge and Startup Showcase are version 2.0 of the Wharton Business Plan Competition.

We are grateful to the sponsors of the 2016-17 Penn Wharton Startup Challenge:

Grand Prize Sponsor:
Ellen H. and Richard E. Perlman (W’68)

Platinum Sponsor:
Gary and Alya Michelson Foundations

Gold Sponsor:
Eric Aroesty (C’92)

Silver Sponsor:
Friend of PWSC:

 In-Kind Sponsors:

Blank Rome LLP