VIP-San Francisco

Our Bay Area accelerator, for students or alumni

For some startups, San Francisco is the only place to be–and that’s why VIP is there as well.

VIP-SF brings the resources of the Penn community to the West Coast.

Penn students and recent alumni (within 2 years of graduation) can apply to join VIP-SF. 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, there’s no better accelerator to launch your Bay Area startup.

This highly competitive program is exclusively for ventures that have validated product-market fit, measurable traction, and have assembled all the necessary expertise on the team. Applicants must have knowledge of business fundamentals to participate; to be ready for VIP-SF we highly recommend that applicants have already taken either academic coursework such as MGMT231/MGMT806 or the Wharton Entrepreneurship Specialization on Coursera.

Teams must be based in the San Francisco/Bay Area during their time in VIP-SF.

VIP-SF runs twice a year, in the spring and fall. The application deadline for Winter/Spring 2017 is February 1.

Learn more about VIP-SF and other entrepreneurial offerings at Wharton San Francisco here.

Competition Info


Application Process:
Application deadline for Winter/Spring 2017 is February 1