Venture Initiation Program – Fellows

Applications for Spring 2019 semester are closed. Please check back in the Fall 2019 for new opportunities.

The projects listed below were submitted for the Spring 2019 semester and are listed as an example.

 

Questions? Email Valentina Goutorova.

VIP Fellows are students interested in working with an early stage venture, particularly as one of the first employees. Students may also be interested in joining an early stage venture as a co-founder. Projects listed below are from the student founders in Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship’s Venture Initiation Program (VIP). VIP Fellows commit to working on a project with a VIP company for one semester (approximately 10 weeks). All positions are unpaid. The program is open to all Penn and Wharton students.

aavrani

For women in the US who are looking for a better go-to skincare routine, Aavrani is a premium solution that offers the benefits of ancient Indian rituals, using all-natural, powerful ingredients, such as turmeric and almond oil. Unlike other organic skincare companies, Aavrani combines curated South Asian traditions with distinctive luxury.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

aavrani is at an incredibly exciting juncture in the company timeline.  We launched in June, brought on a former Miss America as a co-founder, and are executing an influencer program with over 200 influencers. Fellows get to help grow our brand, learn a ton about marketing and execution of a social media strategy, and work on building a product pipeline!

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We launched in June 2018 and are currently selling our first run of products from our online store, aavrani.com.  Our next milestone is having our second run of products and launching at retailers like Sephora, Ulta, and on QVC!

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Some of our most in-need skills are graphic design, web design, and social media advertising expertise.  That said, if you are an incredibly hard worker, super smart, and passionate about skincare, you would still be a great fit!

Aureum

Aureum is a primary care provider that offers more personal, accessible and accurate care service for Chinese patients.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Have you ever walked out of a primary care appointment thinking the process could have been much easier? Have you ever shunned away from seeing a physician because it is such a hassle? Are you interested in working in a cross-culture setting and improving healthcare for millions in the 2nd largest economy in the world?

If the answer to any of the questions is yes, then join the Aureum team! Together we will be designing a brand-new patient journey for Chinese patients over the next 6 months and deliver beta testing to 500 patients over Summer 2019. VIP-fellow will gain invaluable experience working in a cross-border setting, designing digital healthcare solutions and working in a fast-paced start-up.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Aureum has just finished the concept validation phase and is part of the VIP-C incubator at Wharton. Our next milestone is to launch beta testing in Shenzhen (the Chinese ‘Silicon Valley’) over Summer 2019.

Fellows will help make an impact on multiple areas leading up to the beta testing:

– Product design: Development of the Aureum App which will be used as a primary portal for patients.

– Patient journey design: Identify and design patients touch points to optimize patient primary care experience.

– Operation strategy: Identify & implement the optimal operation strategy (e.g. the correct doctor/nurses mix, care center logistics).

– Sourcing of physicians: Help sourcing potential primary physicians in China.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for Fellows who are passionate about delivering impact on improving people’s healthcare experience, interested in the Chinese market and can dedicate thoughtful time to the venture.

Experience and expertise desired but not required: 1) Healthcare management (experience in primary care particularly welcome); 2) Electronic medical record; 3) App design; 4) Operations. Understanding the Chinese healthcare market is a plus but not required.

Còbare

CòBARE is a feminine care company that is reinventing the world of feminine care to help women live confidently bare and address their self-care needs outside of just menstrual cycles.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

CòBARE is a feminine care company that produces convenient, sustainable products and services to help women care for their bodies. We explore issues beyond just menstrual cycles and bring light to the many natural functions of a woman’s body that require support. We strive to empower busy, modern women by providing them with products that are both functional and fashionable. The feminine care industry has been in need of an upgrade for quite some time and we’re here to do just that.

As we are still in our product development stage, VIP-Fellows will have a hand in perfecting and launching our first two products for this Spring. Fellows will have a hand in growing a brand and launching a company.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

CòBARE is currently in the product development stage of a high-performance underwear and building a social media presence focused on vaginal health education. Currently an early-stage pre-revenue startup, we are planning to launch through our eCommerce site by the second quarter of 2019.

Our next milestone is to identify packaging and develop a sales strategy with our B2C business and B2B partners. In addition, we’ve begun conversations with a large non-profit to assist their efforts to bring health education to young girls, a mission that closely aligns with ours. A VIP Fellow would be integral in helping us with operations, building out the brand, and refining our social impact initiative.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for people who have skills in operations, graphic design and social media advertising. Most importantly, we are looking for creative, hard workers who are passionate about empowering women and innovating in women’s sexual health and wellness space.

Dorothy

Dorothy aims to remap flood zones more accurately than the National Government, while also connecting and streamlining flood insurance for homeowners and buyers.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

There are two major issues we are tackling with Dorothy. Issue 1, there is approximately $900 billion dollars of UNINSURED residential and commercial property located within a FEMA designated flood zone. Issue 2, over the last 5 super storms (category 5 Hurricanes), 85% of the damage occurred OUTSIDE of FEMA designated flood zones. We address these issues by remapping flood zones more accurately and streamlining the flood insurance process. Why we are unique? There is no other company (that we are aware of) taking this route on addressing these issues. Joining Dorothy will be a great experience for the fellows! We are a new venture and going through all the hurdles of starting a business. Getting involved with us at this time is extremely valuable because you will have access to the inner workings of a startup, insight you won’t get from working a regular job. You would also be helping to solve one of the most significant problems this county is facing. Flood impact and disaster coverage are only set to grow and become more severe in the coming years. Now is the time to get behind a better solution and we believe Dorothy provides it. We’re also quite pleasant to work with and have a ton of expertise in fields ranging from architecture, planning, insurance, and predictive analytic modeling.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We are a pre-seed venture but have received some funding through Penn. We have completed the first iteration of our proof of concept which is a flood model for Houston, Texas, we compared our data against FEMA to see which predicted the flood extents for Hurricane Harvey more accurately (Dorothy predicts 60% more accurately) Our next major milestone is to launch a prototype in Houston, Texas. In order to prepare for this, we will need to fully integrate our flood model with a consumer-based platform. This platform will pull flood data from our flood model, identify flood risk, and then direct and connect consumers to flood insurance providers.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

The most important skill set we are looking for at Dorothy is passion about the topic we are trying to solve. We are an early stage company so anyone we work with this semester has an opportunity to come on board full time after graduation. We want to immerse you in the process of developing ideas and how they are transformed into business opportunity. Generally, the fellow should be self-sufficient, take initiative, does not need supervision in order to make progress. Obviously, we will be providing guidance and structure, but we really want to bring on fellows who could be team members later on. More specifically, we need technical assistance. The fellows should have one or more of the following skill sets, including backend/frontend/UI-UX development. The primary focus over the next few months will be the development of our platform, so if you’re interested on flood impact and have ideas for Dorothy, we would love to have you.

E-bundled

E-Bundled is utilizing machine learning to help small businesses procure the basic supplies that they need automatically, and focus on their core business offerings.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

E-Bundled is an early-stage startup that is looking to revolutionize the way that basic supplies, such as cleaning and office supplies, are purchased by businesses. Currently, most small to medium-sized businesses rely on manual stock-taking to monitor inventory levels and back-of-the-envelope calculations to estimate demand. E-Bundled will replace this inefficient process friction by applying machine learning algorithms to predict customer needs and automate their purchasing decisions – allowing customers to focus on their core business. VIP-Fellows will be able to join E-Bundled at an early stage and play a critical role in turning this exciting concept into a successful company while working closely with the founding team.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

E-Bundled is currently working on four critical milestones: business development, market research, UX design, and the development of the machine learning algorithm. Each one of these tasks feeds into the other and, consequently, progress must be made in lockstep. The VIP Fellow can help E-Bundled by working across three of these milestones (business development, market research, and UX design) to support initiatives to reach a minimal viable product. An indicative, but not an exhaustive list of tasks that the VIP-Fellow will work on are:

– Conduct market research to identify the most attractive segment for launch;

– Work with potential customers to design UX onboarding experience (no programming experience necessary, initial design can be done on Powerpoint or similar application);

– Conduct customer interviews to identify customer needs and influence product development;

– Conduct a marketing analysis to determine the best customer acquisition method

-Develop a short marketing pitch that highlights E-Bundled’s product value;

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for VIP-Fellows that are personable self-starters that can work independently across a variety of tasks. We would prefer Fellows that have marketing or sales experience, either academic or professional, however, it is not a requirement.

Elivade

Elivade’s mission is to support people of color throughout their career and elevate diversity in the workplace. We are building a unique online career community that enables high potentials to network with each other, find role models, discuss career topics, and exclusively engage with some of the most exciting companies.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

We are ambitious and seek to not only corner a niche market but to address all stakeholders in the complex healthcare ecosystem and create a comprehensive solution that truly transforms patient care.

Ethnically diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams by 35%” (Source: McKinsey). However, most companies struggle to hire and retain a diverse workforce. Elivade uniquely tackles one of the most current issues in the US. Our core team of 6 is in Philadelphia with additional campus ambassadors at schools in our launch cities (Washington, Boston, Philadelphia). We’ll provide a great experience to Fellows as we 1) Already had successful experiences with Fellows last semester, 2) Have a diverse team with many different backgrounds and expertise, 3) Have very hands-on tasks as we are about to launch.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We have finalized the design and are in the final stages of the prototype development. Our plan is to launch end of January at 7 schools in Philadelphia, Washington, and Boston. A fellow could be particularly helpful across one of the 4 following teams:

Partnerships: Recruit 10-15 corporate partners to participate in the pilot (current conversations: Paypal, EY, Keystone Strategy, McKinsey, Walmart).

Community: Prepare and manage marketing efforts through local campus ambassadors (we already have a network of 8+ ambassadors). Once the platform is live, the community team also helps drive the discussions and platform content.

Social Media: Manage social media accounts and help Elivade increase its reach & relevance.

Financing: Help us secure additional funding (competitions, financing round etc.)

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

– Entrepreneurial mind (we are always open for improvement suggestions!)

– Enjoys people interactions (most tasks will involve people management or sales conversations)

– Sales experience is a plus but not a must

– A basic understanding of recruiting processes

– Needs to believe in our mission to help diversity candidates succeed throughout their career.

Fitalyst

Fitalyst simplifies healthy decision-making for busy college students by providing a digital wellness copilot that takes the guesswork out of daily wellness decisions.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

We are working at the intersection of public health and digital health. As you are currently experiencing, college students as a public health demographic are not receiving sufficient wellness support during their academic journey. Fitalyst takes a behavioral science approach in helping students build lifelong habits by simply facilitating better decision making. If you are interested in behavioral science and/or wellness, join us in the fight against the Freshman 15.
Fellows will help us with branding/marketing, finances, operations, and the launch of our first product named Tag at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We plan to launch Tag in February 2019. We are currently in the product development phase. Fellows will help iterate on product and operations strategy throughout the Spring semester.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for fellows who want to work on BIG ideas in the wellness space. Fellows who want to sharpen their skills in operation, finance, branding/marketing, and product design & back-end development are encouraged to apply. Creative individuals with a passion for impact will be a good fit for our team.

Flourish Change

At Flourish, our goal is to “turn pocket change into global change” through our platform that processes micro-donations (primarily through roundup technology) and fosters relationships between nonprofits and their donors.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Never before in history has a generation with the aspirations and cares of the millennial generation met an age of technology so advanced. This unique intersection has given us the opportunity to create a platform that taps into a market previously unprofitable for nonprofit organizations. We’ve created an app that processes micro-donations. By rounding up electronic spare change from debit and credit-card transactions and providing a way to aggregate micro-donations, we have opened the door for people, particularly millennials who may not be able to write “big checks” to the nonprofits they want to support, to give to the causes they care about. Additionally, our platform gives nonprofits the ability to interact with their donor base by promoting specific projects, providing news and updates, and direct communication with each donor.
Working for Flourish allows a person to work for something greater than themselves. At Flourish, our success is the success of the nonprofits we partner with in their efforts to make the world a better place. Not only is working for Flourish working towards the greater good, but it is doing so in an inaugural way.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

The Flourish app has been accessible in the iOS and Google Play stores since February 2018 and functioning in beta-testing mode. On September 1 of this year we will be launching fully into production mode and will begin to onboard several nonprofit organizations that have signed on to join our platform. Since we are on the “ground-level” so to speak, our fellow will be able to watch the direct impact of their work in our business.

At Flourish, we see everyone as a teammate. As our teammate, we want a VIP Fellow to enjoy what they do and to come alongside us as we strive to drive our business off the ground. We view being part of a startup as an adventure that involves excitement and hard, fulfilling work. The small nature of our team allows for transparency and allows for each teammate to gain experience working on a variety of tasks.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

As a member of our team, we are looking for someone who is passionate about what we’re working toward–making the world a better place. We desire someone who is a hard worker, a quick and willing learner, works efficiently, thinks critically, and who is flexible to do a variety of tasks. We are looking for a dynamic member of the team who is willing to whatever is needed to drive growth. Ideally, they would have a “hacker” mindset of “if I don’t know, I will learn.” Most of the work will surround sales and marketing; therefore, someone with a quantitative background willing to help us understand and develop our customer acquisition pipeline, marketing strategies, and sales. Experience in one or more of the following areas would be a plus:

  1. Marketing – Social media advertising. Successfully execute a social media advertising campaign including cost/impact analysis for advertising to different market segments.
  2. Journalism – Non-profit storytelling. Support our social impact blogging efforts and partner with nonprofits to generate improved content.
  3. Media – Advertising content creator. Support efforts in curating social media campaign contents.

Fuego

Fuego has created a line of hybrid dance shoes for men and women with the style, versatility, and comfort of a casual street shoe. We are reinventing the dance shoe, fusing it with streetwear and minimalism.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

This is a great opportunity to help plan and execute the launch of a direct to consumer brand from the ground up.
This February, Fuego Shoes is launching a line of shoes never seen before. We’ve created a hybrid street shoe / dance shoe. It’s a shoe utilizing a specialized material for the sole, which makes the shoe suitable for dancing. It’s also able to be used outdoors, contrary to typical dance shoes which can not. This eliminates the hassle dancers have of always having to carry around two pairs of shoes. We’re also innovating on style in the dance shoe space, creating a trendy sneaker as a replacement for formal, outdated dance shoes.
The VIP fellow will be given autonomy and creative license to come up with fresh ideas and help mold a new brand’s image from the very beginning. The fellow will also have the unique chance to see his or her work come to fruition.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Our first production run has just been completed. The shoes will arrive mid-February from overseas. Once the shoes arrive, we’ll do a video shoot and then launch shortly after. We need someone to run social media, from strategy down to the execution. Coming up with ideas for fresh content, helping to narrate the message, collaborating with photographers, scheduling, etc.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Can work on any combination of these things based on the fellow’s interests and business need.

– Social media strategy and execution
– Discovering and engaging with influencers and other brands to collaborate with
– Find new ideas for content and develop messaging
– Creating new content by working with and leveraging photographers and videographers
– Email marketing strategy and execution

Much of the work will involve creating content and copy. Need someone who is a self-starter as much of the social media and email marketing strategy is being created from scratch. Creativity and deep knowledge of Instagram will be key.

GoFurther Careers

Founded in 2015, GoFurther Careers is a professionally run education company specializing in higher education application and job recruitment strategies and solutions for international students.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Founded in 2015, GoFurther Careers is a professionally run education company specializing in higher education application and job recruitment strategies and solutions for international students. Our company is investing heavily in tech-enabled solutions and applications to help our clients gain a better experience throughout their process.

Our company offers direct mentorship from top MBAs (Wharton, Goizueta, etc.) and a unique learning experience in a fast-growing market.

The Fellows will work directly with the founders, get continuous feedback, and receive strong referrals with good performance.

Fellows can expect to work in a highly dynamic and entrepreneurial environment using their skills from school and prior work experiences to make a significant impact on our company.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We are at the monetization/post-launch stage of our venture implementation. We are a 10-person company with regional headquarters in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Manila, and Beijing.

Our next milestone is developing an app to better connect and match our services with our 1000+ a year clients. We also hope to strengthen our marketing platform and improve our market share in our target market via web-based solutions and outreach opportunities.

Fellows can expect to develop expertise in app/web-development and marketing strategy through their work with the company.

They will work in high-impact environments where their work will significantly change the way we do marketing and operations, especially as we transition from Excel worksheets to more app/web-based platforms.

Marketing interns can expect to be at the forefront of our business development initiatives and work on marketing analytics and outreach strategies that directly affect the company’s top line growth.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Coding and app development skills; passion for technology and tech-enabled solutions (for tech intern);

Interest in marketing analytics and outreach strategies (for marketing intern);

Strong interpersonal skills with a good aptitude for communication and transparency; patient and perseverant;

Entrepreneurial team-player with the ability to work independently without supervision;

Strong English communication skills.

Halo

Halo is putting location-targeted ads on top of Uber/Lyft vehicles. We attach smart ad monitors on top of cars and display ads that change based on the location of the driver in order to more effectively target consumers.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Halo is revolutionizing the offline advertising industry. We’re bridging the gap between online data points and offline ads by using sophisticated targeting techniques such as online search, US census, and advertiser CRM data to better inform offline targeting decisions. Our smart ad monitors easily attach to the top of ridesharing vehicles and display high-def dynamic ads when the vehicles drive through the relevant locations. This hyper-targeting allows us to show ads only to consumers who are most likely to respond to them, which increases conversions and reduces wasted ad impressions.

Our team comprises of a Wharton MBA with previous experience at Google (Digital Marketing Strategy), a UPenn Hardware Engineer with experience at the GRASP Robotics Lab, a Wharton/UPenn Software Developer with previous experience at BCG, and a Wharton undergraduate with experience at a major Advertising Agency.

Despite being founded only 3 months ago, we have already experienced significant growth and traction. Just days after our founding we applied to Y Combinator with just an idea and team and were invited to interview at their office in Mountain View. Since then we have received interest from multiple Fortune 50 advertisers as well as signed up 35 Uber/Lyft drivers to work with us and are nearly finished with the first iteration of our software and hardware product.

Though our rapid growth has been exciting, it has also meant that there is ample work to go around for our team of four. This provides a great opportunity for VIP fellows, as they will be able to lead entire modules and play an integral role in the progress of the startup.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We are currently finishing development of our prototype monitor and iOS mobile app. We are progressing towards our first pilot program in Philadelphia with 10 drivers and a few advertisers in the beginning of 2019 (likely February).

In early 2019, we plan to raise our first round of funding before conducting our initial pilot program with 10 drivers in Philadelphia. We will later expand our pilot to include more drivers in Philadelphia as well as in other cities, with plans to raise another round of funding near the end of March/April. We think 2019 will be a very exciting year for Halo, and we’re excited to share that experience with VIP fellows!

What is left to be done before the pilot:
1. Finalize clients, pricing strategy, performance tracking metrics, and creative development process for our Ad units
2. Interview and confirm rideshare driver availability and payment process
3. Complete development of our iOS app, performance tracking software, and hardware integration with our physical monitors

Halo’s fellows can help with any of the above tasks for the pilot or can make an impact helping with other things such as marketing, branding, driver recruitment, new advertiser sales, etc. Fellows can help with whatever they are most interested in.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We’re looking for people as excited about this space as we are! We want you to take on large responsibilities and become an integral part of the team. Halo’s fellows will have full exposure to all aspects of a fast-growing early-stage startup including funding, customer acquisition, growth-hacking, marketing & branding, product development, partner collaboration, and hiring.

In terms of skills, any of the following are a bonus: Design (website, mobile app, logo, advertisements), Marketing (social media, digital advertisements), Data Science (SQL), Data Visualization (Python), Mobile App Development (Swift – iOS, Java – Android).

Keaton

Keaton is a women’s workwear brand that makes thoughtfully-designed essentials for the office and beyond.

In February, we are launching with a Perfect Pant that was designed with input from over 300 women. The pant is machine washable, has large pockets, and is perfect for busy young professional women.

Keaton’s founder, Melina Flabiano, has over five years of experience in the fashion and retail industries ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 brands. She was inspired to found Keaton to help women look and feel their best at work.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Keaton is disrupting the stale market for women’s professional attire. Anyone familiar with women’s workwear has probably heard complaints about the poor range of options on the market—drab suit separates that do not change season after season, poor-quality or dry-clean only material, and prices that aren’t justifiable. Keaton is changing this by creating a line of women’s office clothing that are comfortable and stylish—options that women actually want to wear. This is a product geared directly to women our age and with a similar lifestyle, so feedback from a Fellow will be extremely welcome and valuable.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Keaton is launching in February using a pre-order model. The Fellow will have lots of opportunities for exciting, hands-on work: building the brand on social channels and through in-person events, attending fittings and receiving feedback on the prototype, and supporting an initial round of friends/family/angel fundraising. The main role for the Fellow is to support our launch by helping to plan and execute trunk show events. There will be 2-3 events in February/March 2019, and based on the feedback from our soft launch, we will be launching on a wider-scale later in the Spring.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for a well-rounded team player who is passionate about women’s workwear and women’s issues in the corporate world. The Fellow does not need to have specific expertise in apparel manufacturing or e-commerce business but does need to be flexible and open to rolling up his or her sleeves and learning new things. Keaton is looking for a Fellow who can really help shape our business’ launch, so this is a role with opportunity for significant impact. Thanks for your interest!

Mansa Tea

Mansa Tea is a vintage single-origin pu’er company that offers curated collections of pu’er, tea tastings, and tea education for modern tea enthusiasts. We aim to develop tea drinkers’ palate for aged pu’er in NYC and beyond, just like aged wine and single-origin coffee.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Mansa Tea specializes in pu’er, a high-end fermented tea that can be aged for 40+ years. As pu’er is a relatively unknown type of tea in the US, we focus on educating tea drinkers and making high-quality pu’er more available at high-end restaurants. If you have passion for tea, or high-end food in general, this will be a fun role for you that involves tea tasting.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We soft-launched in November 2018 by beginning to sell our single-origin pu’er online. Since then, we have collaborated with Equinox and WeWork to help educate more tea drinkers on pu’er. We are currently planning a sushi omakase and tea pairing with a Michelin-trained chef. Our next milestones are 1) working with Michelin star restaurants to bring our single-origin pu’er to more tea drinkers, and 2) developing educational content as a form of content marketing.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for a VIP Fellow to help with marketing and sales. Specifically, digital marketing experience (social media, SEO) along with strong writing skills, interpersonal skills, and willingness to hustle as we work with vendors and consumers will be helpful. Strong passion for tea, or food in general, will make the content creation process a lot more fun!

NOMM

NOMM (Nutrition On My Mind) makes vegan, wheat-free, organic cookies with simple ingredients, no added sugar, and no added fat so that you can indulge guilt-free!

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Nutrition On My Mind (NOMM) strives to make indulgence guilt-free with organic, no added sugar, and no added fat snacks and desserts. Our first product line is wheat-free, soy-free, nut-free, and vegan cookies. The challenge with all of the existing better-for-you products is that they are often “pseudo”-healthy and include sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and added fats/oils in their formulation. We demonstrated initial traction with our soft launch at the end of 2018 and are finalizing our product formulation and packaging which makes this an interesting inflection point and time for a VIP Fellow to work with us. There are a number of different work streams on which we can involve a VIP Fellow, and we can be flexible to accommodate a VIP Fellow’s time commitments and work interests.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We conducted a beta test with online sales in the Philadelphia area with our “20 days of NOMM cookies” holiday soft launch in December 2018. We are in the process of finalizing our packaging with a targeted completion date of mid-January. We have identified Philadelphia area retail customers with the goal of focusing on local distribution opportunities (local fitness boutiques like Ripped PHL, coffee chains like Saxby’s, grocery stores like Di Brunos, etc.).

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for VIP Fellows with one or more of the following skill sets and interests:

– Packaging/Website Design – utilizing a background in web and graphics design to improve our Shopify website and assist with packaging design ideation and mock-up creation 

 R&D – conducting market research to identify/prioritize follow-on flavors; ideally, a Fellow focused on this area would have a background or interest in nutrition to help make formulation recommendations

– Sales & Marketing – assisting with our digital marketing strategy. The Fellow could also manage/support our external assistance on our marketing strategy (the undergraduate MUSE club is doing a spring semester project for us and we currently have some external support with social media marketing).

Okko

Okko is a digitally-native brand providing invisible intimates essentials for busy, modern women. (okko = “our kinda knock out”)

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

At Okko, our aim is to empower busy, modern women. We bridge the gap between function and style within the intimates sector, with products that never sacrifice on comfort or versatility.  By focusing on timeless essentials, we use innovative materials & production processes as well as high-end reusable packaging for an elevated customer experience – at prices affordable for every day wear.

Joining Okko, you will have an incredibly exciting opportunity to make a huge impact using both your creative and analytic muscles. Having completed much of the “heavy lifting” tactical work, our VIP Fellow will be joining Okko at one of the most fun & exciting stages of the business- developing and scaling our sales & marketing efforts.

We aim to avoid the traditional VC-funding route, and so will be squarely focused on real income-generating activities rather than capital raising. With backgrounds in tech & finance, we are both constantly seeking better ways of doing things above the status quo- even if that status quo is our own.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Over the past ~nine months, we have completed the following activities: finalized product designs; assembled supply chain & shipping logistics vendors; developed baseline visual identity brand assets with a third-party design firm; developed initial website & tech stack, completed initial budgeting and forecasting exercises; raised $90k friends & family convertible note round, and $100k Series Seed strategic investment from Jaspal Group (the Inditex of SE Asia).

  • Organized and completed full lookbook photoshoot (to be added to the website shortly)

Our initial inventory orders arrived in Philadelphia in late fall, and we launched our website in early November. Our main focus over the next several months will be to identify cost-effective sales and marketing efforts to grow our customer base beyond our personal networks.

During the course of the VIP- Fellows’ time with Okko, the company’s major milestones will include:

  • Build social media presence to reach 5K Instagram followers by end of April
  • Initiate and press coverage outreach
  • Execute retail sales partnership pilots
  • Expand Website Capabilities
  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

First & foremost, we are looking for a fellow that is scrappy and execution-focused; can think creatively; and who will take initiative — not only in finding solutions to outlined tasks, but also in preemptively identifying and solving problems that we haven’t yet anticipated. Additionally, a strong interest in consumer products is a must… but being a potential user of our products is certainly not required!

#periodpainfree

E-commerce platform personalizing plant-based medicine to solve chronic women’s health conditions, beginning with dysmenorrhea, to help all women feel #periodpainfree.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Did you know that up to 80% of women experience period pains, resulting in an economic loss of over 600 million hours of productivity in the U.S. annually?!
We are a direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform personalizing plant-based medicine to solve chronic women’s health conditions, beginning with dysmenorrhea (i.e., the cramps, bloating, headache, fatigue, irritability, etc. associated with menstrual cycles).
Our venture just raised an angel round of financing and is building an experienced team to disrupt the femtech space, empowering women to become more educated about our bodies, harmonize our health and feel our best every day of the month.
Fellows will have the opportunity to not only partner with the founding team to launch the beta platform but also work with talented consultants and advisors, expanding your network across tech, VC, retail, healthcare, strategy and brand management.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We spent 2018 in R&D, product development and just completed a successful phase of prototype testing. Over 50 women completed our online health assessment and of those who followed our herbal remedy treatment, nearly everyone reported significant improvement in symptoms with majority converting from free trial to paying subscriber.
These initial results are extremely promising, and the next milestone is launching the full beta site in January 2019 to a waitlist of nearly 2,000 women. Once the beta is live, marketing and brand partnership efforts will ramp up – fellows will help identify like-minded female empowerment, wellness-focused brands, retailers and influencers to expand our reach.
Fellows will also help develop the strategy and plan for the greater launch, including considerations for technology solutions, operations, go-to-market plan, branding, partnerships, social impact (i.e., non-profits to collaborate with) etc. – note, #periodpainfree is only the beta name.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Do you have a passion for health, wellness and technology? Are you obsessed about building brands with character and conviction? Do you feel the future is female and would like to lessen inequities that exist?
If so, then you could be a great fit! We’re seeking the following skills but believe that anyone with a strong interest in this category could make measurable contributions: strategy/operations, marketing (social media, content creation, market research/pricing, etc), graphic design, web design and development (programming skills are a plus!)

Phrase Health

We provide analytics for hospital administrators to review the alerts that doctors and nurses receive when they’re with patients.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Why PhraseHealth? We are at the bleeding edge of education, technology, and healthcare. We are helping improve the health system and the patients in it. We have a team of tech, clinical, and business talent at the top of their fields. We have demonstrated traction with paying clients and a deep sales pipeline.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We are revenue generating pre-seed stage start-up. We have a number of products, engineering, and business goals, but our main focus over the next few months will be to close our top 4 clients. We can come up with projects that match Fellows’ interests or structure the experience to land other consulting, tech, or engineering internships. Some examples of things we need help with are client-facing support, customer analysis deep-dives, product development for enhancements like analytics benchmarking features, product strategy research, pricing/financial modeling, etc.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Hustle–Willingness to do anything big or small to help the team. Willing to put in extra work and not give up when you don’t know how to do something (we’ll train you). Long-term Internship Interest–Open to helping our company part-time (or full-time) after the fellowship is done. Hustle–Did I mention hustle? Need to commit at least 5 to 10 hours per week (flexibility around exams though).

PolyView

PolyView’s mission is to enhance the operational productivity of enterprises by providing project management software for environments with a mix of methodologies and provide the right views for each stakeholder, from intern to CEO.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Businesses around the globe transform their strategic initiatives into programs and projects, typically managed with either the agile or waterfall project management methodologies.  Today’s enterprise project management software tools are either agile or waterfall.  Our mission is to enhance the operational productivity of enterprises by providing project management software for environments with a mix of methodologies and provide the right views for each stakeholder, from intern to CEO.

You’ll learn a ton about enterprise software, and especially agile project management, which is great for anyone who wants to work with software in the future. This spring we’re going to be iterating on our design with target customers, attempting direct sales, and establishing a pilot program

We have a combined 13 years’ relevant experience, both as a former engineer and program manager, in new product development with a focus on software – we acutely experienced the pain point for which we’re creating a solution.
We believe entrepreneurship is a search for truth – we don’t know all the truths yet, but we’d love to have someone join us on the journey
Companies similar to ours in the $4.2bn project and portfolio management (PPM) market easily raise $100mm, and we think our product offers a much more complete and robust solution than anything else available!

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We have just finished designing mockups for our key screens that highlight key features and workflows, and we are beginning our direct sales efforts and establishing a pilot program for development. Along the way, we’ll be making our website, creating additional sales materials, building a sales funnel, and running some web marketing experiments.

What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We’re looking for a dedicated VIP fellow and could use help in one of a few areas:
o Software development: full stack web developer (Java + REACT, Python, AWS web hosting experience)
o Sales: create and prioritize a sales funnel
o Marketing analytics: surveys and conjoint studies
o Digital marketing: online advertising experiments, website creation

Peso Capital

Peso Capital is an early-stage fund management company targeting Latin American financial markets. The fund bridges the gap between US capital and investment opportunities in the Latin American region.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

VIP Fellows will work alongside experienced partners with prior background in capital origination, private investments and quantitative risk management on the implementation of an Emerging Market fund company. VIP Fellows will evaluate potential business opportunities, perform financial, legal, operational and managerial due diligence while supporting business development and financial analysis. VIP Fellows will contribute with operational investment recommendations and participate in the decision-making process in the formation of the fund.

Peso Capital offers students a unique opportunity to become one of the first employees of an early-stage Emerging Market fund management company.
Founders with experience from Wharton/Yale, Ex-BlackRock, Ex-JPMorgan, Co-President New York Wharton Hedge Fund Network, Successful LatAm Private Equity Fund

Expect first-hand fund formation experience; Learn both an entrepreneurial and financial skillset; Explore interest in Latin American Financial Markets; Mentorship from founders; Resume-building opportunity; Future employer recommendations; Potential full-time opportunity in the future.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Stage:
Early-stages of fund formation. Initial investment strategizing and business development.

Milestones / Impact:
Fund prospectus development
Investment Management Agreement creation
Due Diligence Research
Presentation Materials
Financial modeling analysis

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

– Strong communication and interpersonal skills
– Diligent, proactive, and very rigorous work ethic
– Ability to perform in a highly entrepreneurial environment
– Interest and/or prior experience with Latin American financial markets
– Financial modeling experience is a plus, but not necessary
–  Proficiency in Spanish is a plus, but not necessary
– Undergraduate / MBA

Recipicious

The high-quality recipe network.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Recipicious is the high-quality recipe platform. We let users guess the “unforgettable” dish everyone wants to eat, from their neighborhood. This is done through a community upvote function. Uniqueness: a real startup that is building a food enthusiast community through simple technology. We are very image / content / user-experience based.

Experience for Fellow: Biweekly lesson on a topic of entrepreneurship/funding/user interaction experience/foodie community. Depending on what this VIP fellow does, he/she can learn tech side / public speaking side.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Beta development and testing. We want this to be done in the year 2019. Fellow’s work on tech / marketing directly influences how our beta achieves success / best serve the community.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Commitment and basic work ethics. We need the fellow to be communicative on Slack, our major platform to document work flow. We don’t care if you are a high-shot IVYer or not. We need you to finish what you have promised. No ghosting.

We are looking for help in 3 areas:

1) [TECH] a back-end developer to help code the beta. 2) [OUTREACH] a marketing intern to help reach out to food influencers / subscribers through social media / foodie groups. 3) [FINANCE] an experienced individual to help us in raising funds.

Rmdy

Rmdy is a D2C, women’s digestive health company that bridges the gap between supplements and pharmaceuticals to create products that actually work.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Rmdy is at an incredible juncture. We’re going into production with our formulation that we developed with a professor at Yale School of Medicine, received funding from Rough Draft Ventures, and are launching our website and social media to raise awareness and grow a waitlist. Our VIP fellow would get hands-on experience in building our brand, product design, and marketing & social media!

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We’re going into production for a launch of April 2019. We’ll be launching our website and social media presence in January/February to grow our waitlist and raise awareness.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Experience in social media advertising, influencer marketing, and graphics/web design would be helpful. But we’d still love to talk to you if you’ve got a deep interest in these areas, an awesome work ethic, and attitude!

SAAVHA

SAAVHA is a company whose mission is to simplify and improve secure identity verification and combat cyber-security threats while helping to ensure data and privacy rights are met.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

At SAAVHA, we solve real-world problems by using cutting-edge technology to secure and simplify user experiences.
Imagine the next time you go to log into a website, call a company, check-in at the security desk, or request something through an Alexa, all you had to do was repeat a phrase to verify you are you. We are making this possible while giving you control of your data and increasing organizational profitability.
The Best part is…
You will have the opportunity to build these technologies (Blockchain, Biometrics, AI) into real-world use cases together with Industry Leaders. When working with SAAVHA, you will have a platform to further develop your classroom knowledge and make a meaningful impact on society.
Matt is a physician turned tech entrepreneur and Penn Alumni who created the company vision. Rahul is our technical expert who besides holding leading positions at Oracle and IBM, was CTO to a company that brought Zynga it’s advertising capability.
So, what does all this mean for you and your experience working with us as a VIP-fellow? Big Impact, cool tech, learning, real-life application experience, and an opportunity to demonstrate to future employers your capabilities while having fun with us!

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We are a seed stage venture, with a completed Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for Demo/Implementation. Our company started from technology created through a hackathon that gained us support from members of the U.S. Congress & Senate. In addition to having 10 agreed beta-testers for various use cases, we were selected as the Patient Identity Implementation partner for a consortium of Fortune 500 Pharma companies to demonstrate Blockchain in Clinical Trials.
In the first part of 2019, we will be implementing and testing our MVP with beta-testers while we narrow down our customer targets to one specified market on which we will focus the rest of the year. Fellows will help and participate in 4 primary areas:

1- Software Engineering: Implement, modify, and update the MVP for the specified use cases of interest.
2- User Experience/User Interface/Design Testing: Test application implementations for usability and impact on customer-specific key performance metrics.
3- Business Development/Strategy: Narrow down our customer market to one target customer, prospect customers, generate leads, and close deals.
4- PR, Social-Media, and Content Marketing: work with news/media contacts to help us offer thought-provoking educational interactions focused on simplifying technology, cybersecurity, and data/privacy rights protections.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

At SAAVHA, we focus on teamwork and believe in Empathetic Supportive Simple Honest Innovation. We are looking for people who share similar values and who have an apt for creativity, cutting-edge technology, and creating easy to use solutions/designs.
If you are a self-starter, like learning new things quickly, and want to show others what you can do, then reach out to us and join the innovative SAAVHA team.

Sage Health

Sage connects users with the best plant-based meal plan targeted towards specific health goals. We take the thinking out of eating healthy.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Recognizing that healthcare providers have limited time to counsel patients about nutrition, which is often one of the main contributing factors toward chronic disease, there is an increasing need to provide patients and health-conscious users with a comprehensive nutrition solution.

In the Sage app, with an input of a user’s biologic profile (e.g. age, height, weight, activity level) and health goal (e.g. lose weight, manage diabetes/blood pressure/cholesterol, reduce symptoms of autoimmune/gastrointestinal disease), a user will receive a personalized meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) complete with a shopping list and meal prep instructions. The meal plan is targeted towards a user’s calorie or macro/micronutrient goals, powered by a proprietary meal generation algorithm based off of the most recent nutritional science literature. The goal of Sage is to make eating healthy frictionless and to promote plant-based as the future of food.

Our core team draws from experiences at Silicon Valley health startups like Azumio well as large corporations like Lyft. Our founder is taking a gap year from medical school to work on this venture full-time, so the turnaround time for feedback on your work will be nearly immediate. Sage just completed the accelerator program at Weiss Labs in fall 2018. For the spring, Sage was accepted to HCMG 867 (Healthcare Entrepreneurship) and will be growing under the mentorship of Professors Gary Kurtzman, Jeff Libson, and Eric Heil – who are experts in medicine, law, and serial entrepreneurship. Sage was also accepted to the inaugural Health AI Network Spring 2019 incubator program, so there is ample opportunity to get involved, make connections, and thrive alongside Sage this spring!

Our VIP fellows will gain tangible skills in areas they are interested in, and learn about areas they didn’t even know existed. As a fellow, we will ensure that you will leave with a portfolio of work to further your career development.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We are at the end of MVP development and will be live on the app store in the next few weeks. Our milestones vary across multiple dimensions:

Product: As the app goes live, many cycles of product reiteration will take place to ensure that users are receiving a product that is sticky and suits their needs. Fellows can help with design (mobile and web app), engineering (React Native / Firebase). As one of the first members working on the product, you will own Sage’s platform development and drive mission-critical, high-impact changes to improve community engagement and growth.

Analytics: We use Mixpanel for analytics, and interested fellows will learn user funnel analysis to test hypotheses and conduct their own A/B tests with user cohorts to directly improve the product. We aim to have a majority of users open the app >20 days per month.

Marketing: The plant-based community is tight-knit, and we are thrilled to bring forward a service that many have asked for. Fellows will help grow Sage organically through outreach to plant-based/vegan/vegetarian online communities as well as hosting Philadelphia meetups. As the app grows, Fellows will gain exposure to paid acquisition tactics through engaging with social media influencers as well as Instagram/Facebook paid advertisements.

Clinical: We are connected with physicians, dietitians, and pharmacists who are excited to integrate Sage into their practice. Fellows will be joining our founding team in meetings with healthcare executives (e.g. Penn’s Center for Healthcare Innovation) and clinicians, and you will own the development of new clinical pathways (e.g. identifying new opportunities to be addressed by Sage’s meal generation algorithm – like autoimmune disease symptom management, muscle building for athletes, etc.).

Partnerships: Fellows will maintain partnerships with healthcare providers and clients (e.g. we are piloting with Penn Lightweight Crew team as many of the team’s athletes need to cut weight for spring races). In addition, to make eating healthy frictionless, we aim to partner with online grocery delivery services like Instacart, Amazon Fresh, Thrive Market, and community supported agriculture services so that users can easily receive their meal plan ingredients with a click of a button. Fellows will participate in these engagements to ensure the success of partnerships.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Most of all, we value the desire to learn with a hacker mindset. If you’re interested in healthcare, plant-based nutrition, app design and have a desire to move fast, come thrive with Sage! Our founder is working on Sage full-time, so there is plenty of time for learning and mentorship.

Sigo

Sigo Seguros is a tech-enabled insurance brokerage making car insurance easy, transparent, and fair for Hispanic-Americans, who today often go to brick-and-mortar insurance agencies where they are charged extra fees.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Sigo is at the intersection of insurance technology and social impact. We seek to improve the car insurance experience for millions of Hispanic Americans who, due to lack of options today, wind up paying predatory fees to their insurance agents. Sigo uses technology to lower operating costs and eliminate these fees; we are the first tech-enabled, online-only insurance brokerage focusing on this market. Those eager to work on a growing startup, develop new solutions to seemingly intractable problems, and have a positive impact on the lives of others would fit in well at Sigo.

We have successfully worked with VIP Fellows in the past. We strive to craft projects that are impactful to the business and interesting to the people working with us. We do this by developing, together with the Fellow, several possible options of projects that the Fellow can choose to work on. Our Fellows work on discrete projects that help build their resumés and portfolios.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Sigo is launched in Pennsylvania and will be launching in California in January 2019. We are looking to begin generating revenue within the next month as well. This will be our next major milestone. Development on the next version user-friendly insurance quoting platform is underway. At the same time, we will be exploring partnerships with other businesses that serve this market and beginning a fundraising round.

It is an extremely exciting time for Sigo, and VIP Fellows would be closely involved in any or all of these initiatives. We need help tuning our digital marketing to this new market, improving our product, and building relationships with possible partners.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for several different possible skill sets in a VIP Fellow:
1. Software engineering – front end
2. Software engineering – back end
3. Marketing & digital marketing expertise
4. Business development and partnerships

We look for Fellows who are eager to get their hands dirty and work on Sigo with us, who hustle, and who are flexible to the changing needs of an early-stage startup.

Synovium

Synovium is a healthcare technology company that leverages state of the art machine learning techniques and data analytics to revolutionize the treatment of autoimmune disease.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

We are ambitious and seek to not only corner a niche market but to address all stakeholders in the complex healthcare ecosystem and create a comprehensive solution that truly transforms patient care.

Our co-founders carry a diversity of interests and expertise; we have a medical doctor, a JD/MBA candidate with experience in healthcare finance & health tech startups, an engineer with experience in deep learning, and a business student specializing in biotech finance. But more importantly, we’re a friendly group of people who work closely together as a team to get tasks accomplished.

In terms of computing, we have access to thousands of dollars worth of compute credits and are at the precipice where lots of meaningful work needs to be done. We are currently utilizing an AWS EC2 to host thousands of patient records from which we are working to derive clinically meaningful insights. We have hands-on-deck technical co-founders who have experience in deep learning internships and have previously shipped products and are friendly people who are great to work with.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

We are building out our MVP – the next milestone is building our physician-facing product. A fellow will be a crucial part of our core product development and will aid in developing our data infrastructure, helping to create state of the art NLP algorithms for unstructured text extraction and prediction, and developing machine learning algorithms once data is adequately cleaned and structured.

Specifically, our fellow will work with our team to develop convolutional neural nets and other sophisticated machine learning techniques in a semi-supervised, domain-specific approach. We have multiple demo days scheduled for 2019 and the VIP fellow will have an opportunity to be a key player in our technical and product success.

If working on technical product development is not the fellow’s cup of tea, we also offer multiple business development opportunities. Synovium is applying to several on-campus and external accelerators and incubators in the spring 2019 semester and will need to craft a specific approach to each opportunity. Additionally, Synovium’s data aggregation strategy involves outreach to physician groups and health systems. A VIP fellow will play an important part in developing our market knowledge and outreach strategy.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for a highly-motivated student with skills in software engineering, data science/machine learning. He or she should have the flexibility to work in a dynamic environment with equally motivated peers looking to make a difference in the healthcare space

Text-911

Text-911 is an advocacy non-profit dedicated to bringing emergency text capabilities to all Americans; the power to save over 200 million lives.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Text-911 is an advocacy non-profit dedicated to bringing emergency text capabilities to all Americans. We work with police dispatchers, county legislators, and advocacy organizations to expedite the process of implementing text 911.

Our venture is unique because it has the potential to impact over 200 million Americans. We are a tight-knit team passionate about social entrepreneurship and driven through the impact we seek to create.

Text-911 will provide VIP Fellows with an incredible experience because they will have exposure to creating a national movement while gaining effective planning and organizational skills to prioritize complex tasks within deadlines.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Our startup is currently a minimum viable product (MVP). Within the next six months, Text-911 aims to accomplish the following milestones:

– Complete designing our interactive Geo-Map search system where Americans can see if their county has emergency text capabilities.
– Meet with organizations such as the FCC, the National Association of the Deaf, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
– Produce a video campaign showcasing the importance of emergency text capabilities for all Americans through real stories.

Fellows will be assigned a task every week to get Text-911 one step closer to our milestones!

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Text-911 is seeking passionate Fellows who are interested in learning more about social entrepreneurship and public policy. Additionally, a VIP Fellow who is comfortable holding conversations and speaking with all people is ideal, as we consistently conduct interviews with many experts and police dispatchers. VIP Fellows who have prior experience or knowledge editing videos will also be helpful.

Overall, if you are passionate about creating an impact, you’ll be a great fit for our team!

Whipped

Whipped is a customizable beauty experience that allows customers to customize hair and skin-care products from high-quality, all-natural ingredients.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

Whipped is a customizable beauty experience that allows customers to customize hair and skin-care products from high-quality, all-natural ingredients. People have created DIY products for a long time but have no way of knowing whether their home-made products are satisfying their needs. When going to big-box retailers, customers find unhealthy and unidentifiable ingredients in their products. Whipped is your one-stop-shop where consumers have the flexibility to personalize their beauty products.

As Whipped is in the concept validation stage, VIP Fellows will have the opportunity to help validate our offering and build our brand, while learning about product development and creating a social media strategy.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Whipped is in the concept validation stage. We have conducted surveys and have gained an understanding of our target market. Currently an early-stage pre-revenue startup, we plan to launch during Q3 2019.

Our next milestone is product development and packaging. During Q1, we plan to procure ingredients and begin product creation and testing. We also plan to test different packaging options to gauge customer interest.

A VIP Fellow would be integral to helping Whipped build our brand, solidify operations, and strategize product creations.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

We are looking for a variety of skills in a fellow (fellows do not need to have all of the below skills):
• Chemist Background: Have the ability to help formulate pre-made recipes for beauty products
• Graphic Design: Would assist with revamping our logo
• Social Media Advertising: Help to build our brand and social media presence
Most importantly, we are looking for a hard worker who believes in the vision of Whipped and is passionate about healthy, clean solutions for hair and skin care.

ZHU

The premium bags handmade in France for urban artists.

  • What is unique about your venture and why would someone want to work with you? How will your company provide a good experience for the VIP Fellow?

ZHU is a high-end bag house. ZHU is made for urban artists. The bags are handmade in France using Italian leather. The brand blends traditions with modern looks.
Uniqueness: the fashion house that creates small-batches handmade bags. It is dedicated to making premium handbags in quality, not in marketing and advertisement value.
Why work with me: Jump out of the Wharton bubble and learn some shocking facts in fashion.
a) Biweekly lesson on a topic of fashion/retail, as discussed. b) engagement with retailers to add on to your resume.

  • What stage of venture implementation are you currently in? What is your next milestone and how will you achieve it? How can your fellow help make an impact?

Early sales. Sells more until break even by this year 2019.
His / her work on outreach directly influences how much more my bags can sell and if my business will survive.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?

Commitment and basic work ethics. I need the fellow to be communicative on email and Google excel sheet, our major platform to document workflow. We don’t care if you are a high-shot IVYer or not. We need you to finish what you have promised. No ghosting.
I am looking for help to:
1) Reach out to retailers/concept stores/brands/art galleries in different areas to pitch the lookbook
2) Follow up with the partners and try to get a collaboration exhibition/deal done
3) The goal after 10 weeks is to get one partner/one show confirmed/one more retailer stocking us on commission.