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.

And through every step in the process, you grow your company.

The Startup Challenge is unique, because we do everything we can to help you succeed. We want you–and your startup–to rise to the challenge. Here’s how:

  • Structured, milestone-driven accountability
  • Feedback from industry experts, designed to help you to iterate
  • Coworking community sessions
  • Team building
  • Group advising and workshops with practical advice for how to found and build a company

Every team that enters the Startup Challenge gets access to these resources. 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 round closed for 2016-2017

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: