Join a thriving community of Penn entrepreneurs.

Questions? Email Valentina Goutorova

Applications are rolling admissions – apply now!

Community, support, & resources, here on the Penn campus

Three cycles of applications: fall, spring, and summer

Our Philadelphia accelerator, for when you’re ready to launch

Two cycles of applications: fall and spring

Our San Francisco accelerator, for when you’re ready to launch

Application round will open early Fall 2019

Interested in exploring start-up culture? Become a VIP Fellow.


The Venture Initiation Program is an incubator that introduces students to the key aspects of entrepreneurship such as ideation, validation, market-product fit, fundraising, networking, scaling, business planning, development, launching and more. The mission of the program is to serve as a crossroads for all students across the University of Pennsylvania interested in all areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, providing the necessary tools and resources to get started. Our mission aligns closely with our vision, which is to see students enter the program with nascent concepts and leave with full-realized, rapidly-scaling companies.


  • A vast network of experienced alumni entrepreneurs
  • A community of aspiring entrepreneurs
  • An array of tools and resources across the Penn community
  • A series of bootcamps and workshops
  • 1:1 informative sessions with a knowledgeable staff
  • Funding opportunities

This is our community of companies:

Companies in VIP
graduate students
undergraduate students

Penn-Wharton Entrepreneurship offers a suite of programming for founders. This ranges from funding awards that founders can apply for to an accelerator, VIP-X, to mentorship and networking opportunities. I was able to take full advantage of these resources with Keaton. I was awarded a good amount of funding for my business which helped as I bootstrapped in the early stages—the application requires founders to set milestones and track progress, which is a valuable forcing mechanism.

-Melina Flabiano, WG’19, CEO & Founder of Keaton

We are grateful to the donors to VIP, who believe in the need to inspire and educate young entrepreneurs:

Eric S. Aroesty C’92
Alan J. Gold W’55
Stephen W’62/L’65 & Janis G’89/SW’91/SWP’05 Goodman
The Heller Family Foundation
The Isakow Family Foundation
Jason H. Karp W’98

Roy Kuan WG’95
Sergei Rodionov WG’02
Dan Schwab W’91
Michael Schwab W’85
Robert Sheft W’83
Amy Silfen W’83/WG’88
Emil K. Woods W’94