Venture Initiation Program


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

Spring 2020 Applications DUE on February 2.

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

This is our community of companies:

Companies in VIP
graduate students
undergraduate students

“Penn acts as a great mechanism to vet the talent with whom you will work, and because of this, Penn is able to churn out successful startup after successful startup.”

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