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This list brings together all of the Wharton School’s resources for Penn students exploring entrepreneurship and launching or joining a startup. Just getting started with entrepreneurship? Try these 5 resources.
Open to all Penn students
Take entrepreneurship classes to learn every part of building a business. Work on your startup in class, develop a product, or prepare yourself for a career in startups, private equity & VC, intrapreneurship, or social entrepreneurship.
The Wharton Scale School workshop series is your guide as you move beyond initial product-market fit to the creation of a large enterprise of tremendous value.
Learn the basics of entrepreneurship, online. Take a single class, or complete all five in the specialization. These courses were created by Wharton, and are taught by Wharton professors, including David Bell, Kartik Hosanagar, David Hsu, Laura Huang, Ethan Mollick, Lori Rosenkopf, and Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Karl Ulrich.
You can audit any of these classes for free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Y-Prize is a contest in which members of the Penn community compete to propose the best applications for an emerging technology. The prize is administered by the Mack Institute for Innovation Management.
The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize that celebrates leadership and innovation in the social sector with an emphasis on impact and transferability of practices. The work of the Prize resides within the Wharton Leadership Program.
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.
Meet other entrepreneurial students at a Founder Finder mixer.
Clubs & Conferences
Current students can learn about all of the student-run clubs and conferences by logging in to CampusGroups (Wharton) and Groups Online at Penn. Clubs of particular interest: Wharton Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club, e-Club, Innovation & Design, Technology Entrepreneurship Club, Wharton FinTech, or the Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Club.
Students who are actively working on a startup or who have founded a startup before coming to Penn/Wharton are encouraged to join the Penn Founders’ Club.
Learn more about all of Penn’s startup funding resources here.
Apply for a Penn Wharton Innovation Fund award to get seed funding for your innovative startup (rolling applications).
Apply to the M&T Innovation Fund for seed-stage cash grants and venture development for University of Pennsylvania startups. Managed by students in the Jerome Fisher Management and Technology Program.
$10,000 to work on your startup over the summer, instead of a traditional internship, from the Summer Venture Award.
Don’t know where to start? Meet with one of our knowledgeable staff and craft your entrepreneurial path.
Meet with experts in law, 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.
Meet one-on-one with alumni entrepreneurs and ask them anything; another side of our Experts in Residence program.
Learn more about the many ways Penn can help you launch a career at a startup.
Help local small businesses plan, launch, and grow through consulting or researching for the Wharton Small Business Development Center.
When you intern at a startup, our Startup Internship Award can help with financial support.