Venture Initiation Program – Fellows

Applications for Spring 2021 are now OPEN. Submission deadline is January 28 (11:59 pm ET).

Projects listed below are from founders in Venture Initiation Program. Make sure to review all and list those that interest you in your application (note that we will continue adding new projects until the week before the deadline).

Questions? Email Valentina Goutorova.

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VIP Fellows are students with an interest in working at an early stage venture, particularly as one of the first employees or in joining an early stage venture as a co-founder. VIP-Fellowship is an opportunity for these students to learn about startup life, be educated about critical concepts in venture creation, and apply skills learned in their entrepreneurship and innovation classes to a specific project connected to a student-founded venture in Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship’s Venture Initiation Program (VIP).

VIP Fellows commit to a project with a VIP venture for one semester (approximately 10 weeks/ 10 hours per week). As this fellowship is educational in nature and for the student’s benefit, all VIP Fellows are unpaid. Students also can participate in VIP workshops, bootcamps and advising sessions alongside founders.

The program is open to all Penn and Wharton students.

AntaresDiamond

Antares Diamonds

Antares Diamonds provides the first-ever sustainable artisanally mined diamond product for the ethically conscious consumer. Leveraging technology and our next-gen supply chain, we provide customers with high quality, ethically sourced artisanally mined diamonds and deep provenance data which surpasses industry standards for origin transparency.

  • 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?

Antares Diamonds is at the nexus of luxury goods, social impact, smart mining and emerging market technology. I am currently in Liberia, West Africa, operating on the business and leading the international team. VIP fellows have the opportunity to immediately impact the progress of the business through strategic analysis, developing new ideas and implementing new systems.

  • 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?

Implementation stage. The company made $50,000 in revenue last year. The next leg of growth consists of leveraging and managing new revenue streams and maintaining strong financial management systems.

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

I am looking for critical thinkers who have had some experience with international markets (esp. Africa*). I am also looking for team members who understand accounting systems and financial management. Additionally, a VIP fellow who understands luxury goods. brand development and general marketing would be invaluable.

AtomicAI

AtomicAI

AtomicAI builds data analytics tools for companies that manufacture nanomaterials.

  • 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?

Our co-founders are Penn Ph.D. candidates with deep technical expertise in physics, chemistry, and machine learning. Our venture provides an opportunity to learn practical technical skills and work in the nanotechnology industry, with applications to energy, biotech, and consumer electronics.

  • 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 negotiating a contract with our first commercial client. We are working on a dashboard that nanotechnology companies can use to visualize and explore their data. Our next milestone is to deploy the prototype on AWS. The fellow will make an impact by working directly on the prototype and iterating on the product as we collect user feedback.

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

We value diversity in the broadest sense and are looking for independent, intellectually curious fellows with a research mindset who are excited to learn on the job and participate in decision making. For fellows interested in working on the prototype: a background in computer science or a closely related field. Python programming experience is required. Applicants are encouraged to provide a GitHub profile link or other examples of software engineering experience. An interest in machine learning and nanotech is a plus!

Blakdoc

Blakdoc

Blakdoc is an online platform with the mission of diversifying the face of medicine by supporting students’ pursuit of careers in medicine with particular attention to those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

  • 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?

Blakdoc is an online platform that provides pre-health professions resources to students pursuing careers in medicine, with particular attention to students traditionally underrepresented in the field. This venture, uniquely aimed at diversifying medicine, was founded by two fourth-year medical students at the University of Pennsylvania chronicling their experiences through college and now medical school.

Blakdoc has garnered national attention and support and has reached an area of transition focused on scaling the platform to permit greater impact. This exciting period creates a unique space for a fellow to exercise their creativity, learn technical skills and work towards a meaningful goal in the pre-health professions industry. As a fellow, you’ll also learn about the process of upscaling a venture and also have an opportunity of joining Blakdoc full time if the situation permits.

  • 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?

Blakdoc is entering its sixth year and is looking to grow and scale up our venture. Our next milestone is to establish partnerships with like-minded brands in order to enhance our social media presence and expand product offerings. The fellow will make an impact by contributing to content curation, aiding in improving the social presence of the platform and streamlining outreach endeavors.

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

We are looking for students with interest and experience in social media marketing, branding and communications as well as web design, management and development. Background and expertise in medicine is not required. Ideally, we are looking to work with students who appreciate flexibility and will capitalize on the unique opportunity to shape the future direction of Blakdoc and its impact in the medical field.

BocaFlavor

BoCa Flavor

BoCa Flavor takes a modern approach to deliver traditional Caribbean flavor using ingredients sourced from grassroots farmers. We curate healthy and versatile seasoning blends fusing staple Caribbean ingredients made to liven up any kitchen.

  • 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 living more globally now than ever before. The desire for ethnic flavor is increasing while accessibility remains limited. BoCa Flavor is changing that. Our handcrafted, all-natural blends expose our consumers to the versatility of Caribbean flavor. The fellow will learn a lot about the food and consumer goods industry while collaborating with an experienced, motivated and fun 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?

BoCa Flavor is revenue-generating and expanding our customer base daily. We intend to release new products to market this year and extend the reach of our brand.
The fellow will be responsible for validating new product development or deriving customer insights across our online presence. The fellow’s work will be instrumental to the growth of the company and have a direct and visible impact.

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

BoCa Flavor is looking for emerging entrepreneurs interested in getting experience in the food and consumer goods industry. This will be a great opportunity to sharpen one’s leadership skills working on real-world challenges. An ideal candidate would be someone who is excited to work with a start-up tackling a traditional business segment using innovative problem-solving techniques. We’re looking for someone who is great with stakeholder engagement, has exceptional communication skills, and is self-motivated.

This opportunity is for you if you consider yourself among the next generation of problem solvers interested in driving change to disrupt the American food market. For more information about the individual roles we’re looking to fill, please visit this link.

BON

Bon Apothecary

Bon Apothecary is creating a sustainable sheet mask regimen to minimize waste in the beauty industry. Bon Apothecary masks are made to be minimally packaged, biodegradable and paired with a proprietary beauty serum developed in Canada.

  • 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?

Bon Apothecary is building a sustainable beauty company to fix the 250 million sheet masks that end up in landfills each year. A VIP Fellow can expect to learn the ins and outs of building a beauty company from scratch. The VIP Fellow will be highly involved in the decision-making process in building a community, creating a sustainable supply chain, and launching a brand.

The VIP Fellow can expect to work with Bon Apothecary’s founder, a second-time entrepreneur who is an ex-VC and ex-consultant, as well as with our labs and formulators.

  • 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?

Bon Apothecary in the product development and pilot testing phase. Our next milestone is to develop the initial pilot batch of products and beginning eCommerce sales in the next three months. Our fellow can expect to be involved in helping develop a marketing strategy and campaign pre-launch and working with our founder directly to help in product development.

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

We’re looking for someone curious, eager to learn and excited by the fast-moving skincare industry. We’re specifically looking for people interested in entrepreneurship in the future, and ideally with an interest in eCommerce and marketing.

Skills: Social media marketing, community building, influencer marketing, familiarity with Photoshop or other image editing software

What you will do: Develop and spearhead a digital media campaign

Candr

Candr

Candr (previously MBA Blind Love) is a mission-driven consumer technology dating startup focused on changing the way we currently date. Modern dating has become too focused on the superficialities and our mission is to strip away any visual biases and have users get to know each other on a deeper, more emotional level first.

  • 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?

On Candr, users are matched anonymously and explore each other’s values through guided questions and email exchanges before they choose to reveal their identities to each other. At Candr, we’ve intentionally maintained the blind/anonymity aspect of our platform in order for members to get to know each other without any preconceived biases or judgments. We take pride in creating a safe space where members can freely express themselves and celebrate their diversity and individuality.

If you are passionate about the lifestyle/dating space and want to create a dating culture that encourages users to celebrate their individuality and diversity of thought, Candr is the place for you. With over 3,000 users who’ve signed up for our platform since launch, you will get hands-on experience working directly with user data and creating a direct impact in their lives.

  • 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?

Since our initial launch in March 2020, we had over 3,000 MBAs sign up across the top business schools and created 15,000+ unique connections. We’re currently testing version 2.0 of our product, which is a web application that allows users to send emails anonymously to their matches. We will be designing and building paid features as well as specific features to improve the product to drive user engagement.

Our next milestones include the following:

1) design and build paid features to finalize monetization and pricing strategy
2) launch our podcast – “MBA Bachelor” in February, and build a strong community following through social media and community engagement
3) expand beyond MBA students to Med and Law schools

Fellows can make an impact by participating in any of these workstreams and being proactive about being involved in driving the completion of these milestones.

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

We are looking for help with our
1) Social Media / Digital Marketing/Community Building
2) Pricing Strategy and Product Testing
3) Engineering and Product Development.

Looking for anyone with the following skillsets: social media marketing, graphic design, web design, Canva, product design and management, customer interviews and surveys, AB testing experience, web, and API development using Python, SQL, Tableau, conjoint and pricing analysis, podcast distribution and sponsorships.

Our team is very scrappy and folks should be eager to get their hands dirty. You should be proactive in proposing ideas for the product, comfortable with ambiguous environments, and resourceful and creative in problem-solving. You should have strong project management skills and take ownership of your workstream while maintaining flexibility in case business needs change.

Above all else, we would love to talk to anyone who has a strong passion for the lifestyle/dating space and wants to be a part of a movement of creating a different dating culture that celebrates individuality and looks beyond the superficialities.

For more information about the individual roles, please visit this link.

CardCurrator

Card Curator

Card Curator is an app that helps users travel for next-to-free by maximizing their earnings from credit cards.

  • 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?

I started this company with my dad because we both love to travel, and after our combined 30 years in finance, we saw how we could also help people do what we love. I became interested in the points and miles space as a volatility trader in NYC, where I certainly wasn’t maximizing my spending, but soon learned how to travel in luxury around the world for next-to-free. By 2018, I left my job to start Card Curator, an app that fully automates everything I know, with what the banks don’t want you to know.

Our company necessitates curious minds. Card Curator has a small, global, and motivated team that values individual input. We have advisors from Atlassian, IBM, as well as serial entrepreneurs in Austin, San Francisco, New York, and London; developers in Toronto and Johannesburg; and executives in Philadelphia and Lakeville, CT. We have successfully raised $325k in pre-seed funding, and officially soft-launched on both the App Store and Play Store.

Our business is constantly evolving as COVID changes the market environment for both travel and credit. While this creates new challenges, it also provides us with many new opportunities to test novel ideas and expand where our limited competition cannot.

  • 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?

As our team is so geographically diverse, we have been working remotely since day one, and we have flexible work hours. Despite this geographic dispersion, we are a tight-knit team and help each other. We are driven to make Card Curator a success, and we also understand that everyone has a life, so we encourage a healthy work-life balance. As our VIP Fellow, we know that you have a full class load, and we only ask for 10 hours a week at most. We use a variety of platforms to stay in touch and keep track of our progress.

We had 3 wonderful VIP Fellows in the Fall, who all contributed significantly to Card Curator, while they learned valuable new skills and grew personally.

We are in the post-launch phase. We have officially soft-launched on both the App Store and Play Store! We are now slowly expanding our roll out to acquire more quality users while focusing on the data analytics and feedback they provide.

Our next milestone is to grow to 2,000 weekly active users in the first 6 months.

We will achieve this milestone by spending our pre-seed investment round capital as efficiently as possible to minimize the acquisition costs of users through an organic word of mouth campaign, as well as highly targeted advertising on Instagram and Twitter. We want to maximize our focus on fixes, tweaks, and new development driven by the feedback and data analytics we receive from the new users.

Our team lacks substantial marketing experience. Our fellow will be the go-to person in charge of our marketing, customer acquisition, and customer retention strategies. We have the professional level of HubSpot to help automate and simplify as many processes as possible. We also have a variety of growth tools working for us on Twitter and Instagram. We are heavily focused on data analytics and want it to drive our marketing decisions. We also have a variety of other tools and services we are using to help on the marketing front.

We are also always looking for more technical skills as well to help contribute to the current version of the mobile app, or our in-development web app! Our previous fellows helped us on both the marketing side, as well as automated testing on the front and backend of the mobile app.

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

We are looking for a VIP Fellow who is excited by consumer fintech and loves to travel. We are looking for serious marketing experience either personally or professionally, or strong technical skills, preferably with experience coding in Python and Flutter. We also want someone who loves to take initiative, and would strongly consider joining our team full-time, potentially in a CMO role, or another senior-level position.

Clinicor

Clinicor

Only 1% of heart failure patients are on the right treatment. Clinicor is building a digital prescription-only clinic to optimize heart failure patient therapy. Through hybrid telemedicine and digital platform, our affordable solution will empower patients to be active in self-management while providing physicians with relevant data to support management 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 an early-stage digital health startup that aims to improve care for heart failure patients. Given the COVID pandemic, health care delivery has changed tremendously over the past year, allowing for improved digital solutions. Given the early stage of our venture, we believe that a VIP fellow would have a key role in our operations and can help in determining the future of our company. We are committed to providing a good experience for the fellow and carving out a project that we believe will be meaningful. We will include them in weekly check-ins and work to take/provide feedback on a regular basis.

  • 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 validated our concept with clinicians and have built our product prototype. Our main goal for this semester is to run a pilot study in order to gather data to raise via VCs. Our fellow will be directly involved in helping to execute our pilot.

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

We are looking for a fellow with an interest in healthcare. Some skills that would be helpful are operations experience, and research/data analysis experience.

Coblossum

coBlossom

coBlossom is an app that turns exercises derived from couple’s therapy and scientific studies into fun activities that couples can enjoy at their own pace while building the core skills for a healthy relationship.

  • 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?

Relationships play an important role in our personal wellbeing, and while a lot of time and money is spent on wellness areas such as fitness and nutrition, we dedicate less resources to building our relationships. coBlossom’s mission is to help couples build strong relationships through an assortment of fun, science-backed activities designed to provide couples with core relationship skills.

As the founding team, we will enable the VIP Fellows to take ownership over their workstreams while providing mentorship to ensure the Fellows are supported and are building the skills they want to work on. The founders have a combined 10+ years of experience in strategy consulting and development/product experience in big tech and can share details about their experiences. Fellows have the opportunity to shape the brand and identity of coBlossom.

  • 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 completed a user study with couples at the end of 2020, and after strong reception, we’re ready to start developing a beta and grow our brand. Our next milestone is to launch the app by fall 2021. Fellows can make an impact by playing active roles in:
● Defining our marketing plan, leveraging our existing survey and user study insights, and building brand awareness via original content
● Designing our brand kit and UI/UX for the beta
● Assisting in building a cross-platform mobile experience, which will likely include a mix of a standard app backend and a game server backend

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

We are looking for Fellows who are excited about making an impact in the wellness space and are willing to learn and grow. Potential roles include, but are not limited to:
● Development: Depending on prior experience, could build minigames with Unity Game Engine, work on Azure cloud services, or work on mobile app development in Flutter
● Design: Spearhead the UI/UX for our beta launch, includes creating a brand kit for coBlossom, conducting research on competitor design strengths/weaknesses, and providing actionable insights
● Marketing/Digital: Social media content creation (including blog posts), paid advertising strategy

Dyslequity

Dyslequity

Dyslequity is an online platform that allows parents to match with tutors/psychologist and chat with a community of parents for additional advice, support, knowledge, guidance, and care.

In the future, we plan to build technology to support remote long-distance clients and specialist contact, care, advice, education, intervention, and monitoring.

  • 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?

Dyslequity is an online platform that helps parents in finding tutors and neuropsychologists / licensed educational psychologists trained to support children with language-based learning differences (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, etc).
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about social impact, technology, and education. Working with our team will provide individuals with fast-paced start-up experience in EdTech & in the Consumer Health industry.

  • 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 still an early-stage start-up, but have built our initial services and are launching our platform in February. We have developed an online community, an online marketplace for tutors, and plan to build technology to assist in diagnosing children. We hope to make diagnosis more equitable and accessible for the 20% of children with a Language-based learning difference.
During the months of February & March, we are building our online diagnosis tool, while actively seeking funding opportunities and onboarding parents, tutors, and psychologists.

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

We are looking for a fellow who is a self-starter and passionate about making an impact within education. It would be great, but not necessary – if you have experience in web design, social media marketing, branding, and communications.
We are also looking for a software engineer interested in audio recognition.

Edie

Edie

Urban agriculture for healthier produce, people & the planet.

  • 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?

Edie is a B2B, urban farming startup, building controlled environment hydroponic farms in the Caribbean, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa that use 95% less water to produce 40x more produce than conventional farming, bringing agriculture closer to the consumer and reducing food imports. A fellow will gain global exposure to food markets and use product development skills as we design our first farm.

  • 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 goal is to become the biggest local supplier of fruits and vegetables regionally. We are currently testing a pilot of the farm in Trinidad and Tobago. With the help of a VIP fellow, we will conduct Phase 1 market research, farm design and equipment selection in Q1 2021. In addition, we will be seeking grant, non-dilutive and VC funding through-out H1 2021. A fellow will get hands-on experience with B2B client management, government policy, fundraising and technical problem solving, working with an architect, engineer and physicist to optimize farm design.

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

We are open to fellows from all personal and professional backgrounds as we believe that diversity of perspective, experience, and focus is critically important to the success of any venture.

A successful fellow will be:
An entrepreneurial problem solver: You are a self-motivated self-starter. You are also comfortable with ambiguity as things are constantly evolving in an early-stage startup. You are also good with deadlines.
Passionate about impact: You are passionate about technology, healthy food and agriculture and you are ready to have some fun while making a huge, positive impact on the future of the food we eat.
A communication & sales lead: You are comfortable dealing with senior clients and manage B2B sales.

Whether you have experience in 1, all, or none of these areas we would love to have you!

Felix

Felix Technologies

Felix is a trustworthy and convenient digital platform that enables Latin Americans in the US to send remittances abroad via cash, or paying directly for goods or services. Receivers enjoy the benefits of the remittance without the hassle of traveling to collect cash.

  • 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?

Felix Technologies is unique because we work at the intersection of Fintech and social business. We want to use technology and finance to improve the lives of migrant families in Mexico. Working with us will provide an opportunity for the VIP fellow to have a tangible impact in the lives of many customers. Additionally, this is a great experience to create a tech product from scratch and learn about fintech, payment methods and crypto currencies along the 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?

We are currently in the pre-launch phase building the platform while gathering feedback from potential users. During the summer, we performed a thorough customer research process that included rounds of interviews of potential users in Philadelphia, New York, California, and Florida. Based on our findings, we designed and released an alpha web application. Our next milestone is to test and iterate on this version to build a beta application to be launched during the Fall. Our fellow will be directly involved in the development of the technology for this beta that will enable millions of Latin American immigrants to provide for their families abroad.

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

A VIP fellow would have a strong drive to create change and improve our customer’s lives. They must be creative, data-driven, and have the desire to own a workstream and propose ideas for the product. Also, they must be able to work well in an ambiguous environment in which business needs change day to day.

At this stage we are looking for a fellow with experience in full-stack development, preferably with knowledge in Python and Vue JS. Knowledge in fintech technologies and blockchain is highly desired but not required. Intellectual curiosity to learn about these domains is a strong plus.

Freesa

Freesa Health

Freesa is a DTC online mental health platform that connects members of the Asian community with culturally competent therapy and counseling. The platform will provide a user forum, therapist network, and teletherapy services.

  • 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?

Our venture is unique in that we tackle the problem surrounding accessibility and quality of mental health care head-on by ensuring that our clients have convenient access to carefully vetted therapists that can cater to their unique identity, background, and experiences. To accomplish this, we are taking a community first approach and are aiming to educate around mental health topics and deliver services in a comprehensive manner.

As a VIP Fellow for Freesa, you will have the opportunity to work with experienced professionals who are similarly passionate about increasing access to mental health care and will get to be an essential part of our journey towards launch. You will also get an incredible learning experience by getting to see the inner workings of an early-stage health tech startup and your work will directly benefit those who are struggling to access proper mental health care.

  • 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?

Last year, we completed validating our venture and won grant funding. We are now in the process of creating a minimum viable product. We plan to achieve this by building out an initial user community and therapist network. VIP Fellows can help make an impact by contributing to the development of our MVP and helping us attract an initial set of users and therapists.

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

We are in search of fellows who are enthusiastic, exhibit a high desire to learn, take initiative, and are passionate about increasing access to mental health care. We are very much willing to cater to what the VIP Fellow wants to learn and have some potential roles in mind.

For undergrad students, we can envision fellows operating in the following areas:
• Market Research Fellow
• Digital marketing Fellow
• UI/UX Design Fellow

For MBA students, we can envision fellows operating in the following areas:
• Product Manager Fellow (tech operating experience preferred)
• Content Development Fellow (mental health care background preferred)
• UI/UX Design Fellow

Fulton

Fulton

Fulton is bringing wellness to footwear by modernizing arch support. We are beginning by launching a supportive, comfortable, and sustainable insole because alignment starts from the ground up.

  • 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?

Fulton (formerly known as Atlas) is unique because it is disrupting a stagnant industry (ie. Dr. Scholl’s, custom orthotics) with both a novel product and a refreshing brand. The product custom molds to the shape of your foot, unlike any other insole on the market. Likewise, the brand targets younger people who care about their wellness, whereas other brands are geriatric or athletic focused. We will be able to provide a VIP fellow with an exciting opportunity to launch a brand leveraging the playbook that Warby Parker, Burrow, and other dominant consumer brands used when they were MBA students.

We are looking to work with a VIP Fellow who brings big ideas to the table and is excited to execute them! Fulton is in a very exciting phase right now (read more below), lending to a truly unique experience for a fellow. We want to empower our VIP fellow to have the autonomy to see the project they carve out through to completion, guided by our mentorship and partnership each step of the 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?

We are at a pivotal part of our venture development, and gearing up for a full launch in February – including press, influencers, digital marketing, guerilla marketing, and more. We’ve spent last year developing our product, supply chain, and go-to-market strategy. Now, we are ready to execute! This is a unique opportunity to get your hands dirty and learn what it takes to launch a brand. We’ll be focused on a combination of efforts during this semester, and have identified five key projects; however, we are open to working with fellows to come up with projects that best utilize their skillsets and interests.

1. Partnerships: Devising a strategy for partnerships, and executing on it. Identifying and reaching out to potential partners – local businesses, other DTC wellness brands, chiropractors, podiatrists, personal trainers, etc. Thinking through retailer strategy as well – who to start with, how to start, and how to grow.
2. Marketing – Influencer: Building and executing our influencer strategy. Identifying and engaging with influencers across different channels and categories (wellness, lifestyle, fitness, running, etc). Communicating and following up, sending free products, relationship management.
3. Marketing – Social Media: Developing social media strategy for post-launch, managing social channels, developing and executing content to post. Responding to comments and messages, identifying new ways to expand our reach. Analysis of the performance of our paid social media ads and organic content.
4. Business Development Strategy: We hope to grow our business by partnering with other organizations and offering Fulton insoles as an employee benefit – particularly in jobs that involve extensive periods of standing such as waiters, sales associates, and doctors. We would love to identify and reach out to these types of businesses to develop this stream of our growth strategy.
5. Product Insights: We completed an early access trial; we sold hundreds of pairs of insoles and sent a series of product surveys to our customers to learn about their experiences. We would love to think about new ways to analyze this data and find actionable ways to apply insights.

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

We are looking for someone excited about the space we are entering, with an interest in DTC brands. Anyone who is willing to get their hands dirty and execute projects – we love a mindset of “no idea is too big or too small.” Experience working with startups is a plus but not necessary at all!

Hera_

Hera Travel

Hera is a travel platform designed to equip women with the resources she needs to travel fearlessly. It provides travelers with detailed safety information about the city they are visiting while connecting them with other women travelers who are traveling to the same place at the same time.

  • 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?

Women’s safety should be everyone’s priority. With travel more or less on hold right now, this gives The Hera the unique opportunity to time our launch with the restart of travel, providing women with a solution to help them travel fearlessly. If you’re passionate about travel and women empowerment, this is the venture for you.

  • 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 starting to build out the first iteration of our web app which we hope to launch by May of this year. There are ample opportunities for a fellow to get involved in this exciting stage.

Examples include:
1) Developing relationships with key partners: hotels, tourism boards, women safety organizations
2) Engaging and fostering our current community (FB groups, managing the mailing list, etc)
3) Helping with build-out of the web app

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

In search of a creative, motivated individual who would is passionate about the cause and has the time to help us grow quickly. Tech skills and/or experience in travel and hospitality a plus

That being said, we are happy to chat with anyone with an interest in travel tech!

HPA_Placer

High Performance Aviation, LLC

Buying or selling aircraft shouldn’t be difficult. We help aircraft owners buy and sell aircraft. Our plan gets owners successful results, quickly and painlessly.

  • 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 have an established business and client base but are looking to take the business to the next level. As an aircraft brokerage firm, we help private aircraft owners buy and sell aircraft. We are transitioning our focus into two segments this year: inventory aircraft (buying aircraft and reselling); and turbine aircraft (turboprops and jets).

A VIP Fellow will get to make a real impact on our operations and business development. An ideal candidate would have an interest in aircraft or the aviation industry. There will be opportunities to contribute to the internal business operations and to the customer experience as we work together to build a better business.

  • 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 venture is fully operational and in a growth stage. Our next milestones include increased transactions in the turboprop and jet market, marketing automation, and a streamlined customer experience. A VIP Fellow will work with our team to analyze current operations and processes in multiple areas and then assist with implementation of improvement initiatives.

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

We have opportunities for multiple skillsets. Here are some of the opportunities available:
• Marketing and social media – Marketing automation, strategy, planning, execution
• Financial modeling related to capital needs, cash flow and timing, cost of capital, ROI for inventory deals, trade-ins, and corporate aircraft transactions
• Business Strategy and strategic alternatives to the existing business model: extensions, diversification. (Potential new markets, product mix, additional services, advisory services, etc.)
• Customer experience / customer journey – Improved processes, internal operations improvements, streamline customer communication
• Multimedia Development – Video, audio, website, marketing materials, proposal templates

Kedis

Kidas

Kidas protects children in video games in which 19M US children suffer from bullying or harassment. We have created a machine learning-based technology that connects to any gaming console (Xbox, Playstation, etc) and automatically alerts parents about threats in their kids’ online voice gaming communication. Our core technology is based on the teams’ experience from unit 8200 of the Israeli military, the Israeli equivalent of the NSA.

  • 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?

Kidas (Techstars 20′) is uniquely positioned in the intersection of direct to consumer, social impact, and deep tech. By working with us, you will experience how we together create product features and a marketing strategy based on customer feedback and data.

  • 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?

Kidas is running live pilots with parents and is about to start a pilot with one of the US’s biggest telecom providers. Our next milestone is to start charging customers for our service.

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

We are looking for creative hustlers who want to be part of a team that creates the next family security brand. We also possibly would like to use the fellowship as a vehicle to recruit Full-time paid interns/employees after the program.

Lumnify

Lumify Care

Lumify Care is a nurse-led startup improving patient experience by developing innovative tools and resources needed to support frontline healthcare workers.

  • 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 or any of your loved ones ever stayed overnight in a hospital? If so, we’re sure you can understand just how challenging it can be to comfortably heal while you’re hospitalized. That’s why we founded Lumify Care.

Team Lumify is a tight-knit, innovative nurse-led team that is on a mission to ensure patients are more comfortable while in the clinical setting and frontline healthcare workers are more supported. VIP Fellows will get to work directly with the founding team and become immersed into the day to day of running an early-stage startup. Your work will directly impact patients and frontline healthcare workers around the world.

To begin reaching our mission, we’ve focused on improving patient sleep, a foundational pillar of patient experience, through our wearable uNight Light device, Sleep-First Education Initiative, and uNightShift Community. uNight Light is the first-ever wearable LED light made for nurses, by nurses. Our novel use of red and blue lights in the clinical setting allows frontline healthcare workers to illuminate their workspaces while decreasing patient sleep disturbances on average by 70%.

  • 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?

Lumify has launched and is in a growth stage. We have raised pre-seed funding through various on-campus accelerators and grants, such as VIP-X and the Penn Wharton Innovation Fund Launch Award. Additionally, we’ve sold out of our product and are currently manufacturing our second bulk order. To date, we’ve grown our uNightShift community to 170 nurses, engaged over 2,500 night shift nurses, and validated our solutions through pilots at three U.S. healthcare systems. Over 400 nurses from twelve healthcare systems have used uNight Light, with 95% of nurses stating that uNight Light helped them see better while providing patient care, impacting approximately 60,000 patients.

Within the next year, our big milestones include various marketing campaigns with nurse influencers, reaching 100+ hospital executives, and beginning the development of our second product. VIP Fellows will assist directly with initiatives involving marketing, business strategy, finance, and product development.

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

We’re a quirky and fun team, so we’d love our VIP Fellows to be the same! Team Lumify is looking for VIP Fellows who are passionate about healthcare, but more than anything are excited about making a social impact. We are committed to furthering your personal and professional development, and would be happy to chat with you so we can create your ideal role. For more information, please reach out to Anthony at contact@lumifycare.com.

Specific areas we have in mind for VIP Fellows:
o An MBA, undergrad, or design student interested in digital marketing. In this role, you will help us refine our branding, build a digital marketing strategy, and broaden our online and social media presence.
o An MBA/Undergraduate student interested in finance and business strategy. You will source partners, connect with hospital executives, create a funding runway, and manage financial scalability.
o An engineering/IPD student interested in a PM role to begin developing additional products, communicating with manufacturers, and managing supply chain.

Maia

Maia.AI

Maia.AI aims to reduce distracted driving-related motor vehicle crashes through artificial intelligence – enabling smart, connected occupant protection.

  • 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 at Maia.AI, are passionate engineers, technology enthusiasts, and subject matter experts with 15+ years of experience in the automotive safety field. We are addressing driver distraction and inattention, which remains one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the US. We are exploring applications of artificial intelligence to build state-of-the-art technology that can be integrated into current on-road vehicles to help mitigate injuries and save lives.

Our venture provides an opportunity for a passionate individual to get involved in the initial phases of a technology startup. The VIP Fellow will be extensively involved in the product development process including assessing product-market fit, minimum viable product development, and user testing.

Our venture provides an opportunity for a passionate individual to get involved in the budding phases of a technology startup. The VIP Fellow will be extensively involved in assessing product-market fit, conducting customer discovery across target market segments and market research, as well as get first-hand exposure to emerging technologies.

  • 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’ve spent the last Fall semester understanding our end users, conducting customer discovery and market analysis, and identifying our initial target market segment. Our next milestones are as follows:

  1. Continue assessing product-market fit to validate our business model and aid the product development process.
  2. Develop a minimum viable product and test with our end users.

We want the VIP Fellow to wear multiple hats and play an active role in the product development process, including business model and technical product development.

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

We are looking for two roles:

1. iOS App Developer/Engineer
– Experience developing iOS mobile apps.
– Comfortable working with large amounts of data.
– Experience with machine learning is preferred but not required.

2. Product Manager
– Experience with customer discovery, market analysis, and assessing product-market fit is a plus.
– Prioritize product development strategies and understanding key performance indicators based on product-market fit analysis.
– Effectively communicate with the team, potential users, and stakeholders.

Medvision

MedVision

MedVision is a novel approach to healthcare inventory management, using IoT sensors to track medical supplies in real-time. We automate manual inventorying processes, provide real-time predictive and prescriptive supply-level analytics, and save both clinicians and administrators substantial time and headache.

  • 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?

MedVision is built on 10+ years of first-hand experience within healthcare supply chains and witnessing the system issues in hospitals. These insights are core to our design philosophy: “technology needs to be invisible for healthcare adoption.”

VIP fellows will work directly with our founding team of Ex-Apple, DE Shaw, McKinsey, TI, and UHG. Fellows will have an active role in shaping our product development and strategic decisions. Above all, we will work to make a tangible impact in one of the most broken domains within healthcare.

  • 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?

MedVision is in the product development and piloting phase, having finished building our modular hardware. We won the Forbes “Paste It Forward” Startup Competition and will be deploying our MVP at specialty clinics in the coming months.

We envision fellows will work in one of the following domains:
1. Software Development: Improving our account management system
2. Product Management: Catering our native customer-facing apps to user needs (UI/UX, analytics, etc)
3. Customer Success: Negotiating pilots and working with customers to iterate product

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

We’re primarily looking for highly motivated individuals that are willing to learn and attack problems in a fast-paced environment. Technical knowledge (Python and/or React Native), experience with product development, or sales is an added plus, but we’re all learning as we go.

MedVision is bringing healthcare data infrastructure into the 21st century; we hope you’re as excited as we are!

Mellie

Melli

Melli is a social enterprise that provides social and environmental product information to consumers via the mobile app to align consumer purchases with consumer values. We want to change the way consumers and businesses view social impact so that it becomes a market priority.

  • 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?

The sustainable goods market in the US is growing rapidly and is projected to reach $150 billion by year-end, but consumers face barriers in convenience, lack of awareness, and availability of products with a positive social impact. Melli is unique in that it is a social enterprise and a technology startup dedicated to reducing these barriers for consumers. Fellows will learn a lot about entrepreneurship in a small team with opportunities to take on different roles. Fellows will also learn about mobile app development as well as numerous dimensions of social impact such as environmentalism, minority ownership, company governance, and more.

  • 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?

Melli is an early-stage startup. We are currently finishing up our MVP, and we would love our fellow to help us further develop our app based on our beta user feedback. We recently won the Penn Innovation Fund Validation Phase award, and we conducted a survey validating our assumptions consisting of roughly 100 responses from students and recent alumni from 27 colleges nationwide. We are hoping to roll out the app to Penn students this semester and then expand to other colleges the following semester. Our fellow could help us by working on the business side with our strategy, marketing, company outreach, and growth.

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

We are looking for someone who is passionate about social impact and entrepreneurship. Experience with or willingness to learn about front end and/or backend development is a plus.

Metal-Light

Metal Light

Metal Light is a clean-tech company that is developing an innovative power-generating technology platform, using metal and air, to provide reliable electricity for millions of customers globally.

  • 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 a highly focused and professional team with a common goal of bringing a game-changing clean energy solution to market. Our team consists of the original co-founders, and we are looking to grow our technical development team to help get a final product to market.

  • 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 in the prototyping stage where we are building up our technical capabilities with the goal of achieving a minimum viable product in the next six months. We have proven the technology at a benchtop level as well as a small scale prototype device. We have established the electrochemical processes required for the technology, and are now working on the device design and implementation. The fellow would assist with further prototyping efforts as we design and build a large scale prototype that will be the same size profile as our target minimum viable product.

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

We are looking for a technical VIP fellow that is comfortable working in a maker space with 3D printing, metalworking, laser cutting, and electronics soldering. Prior design and prototyping experience is preferred.

munchy

Munchy

Munchy helps the canna-curious embark on their journey safely and confidently through a cannabis subscription service catered to new users. We help users discover the right cannabis experience to amplify creativity, energy, and wellness in their daily lives.

Our mission is to destigmatize the adult use of cannabis and uphold social equity in the cannabis industry. We believe that one day, cannabis will be a common household commodity. You should be able to buy cannabis at a grocery store without judgment, replace mimosa with THC-infused coffee at brunch, and bring edibles to dinner parties instead of a bottle of wine.

  • 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?

Cannabis is one of the most nascent yet fastest growing industries in the US and globally. Munchy is uniquely positioned to provide VIP fellows with exposure to the intersection of product development, consumer behavior & psychology, supply chain, regulations, marketing, and social impact. As we are a very early stage company, our VIP Fellows will get to experience the full process of building a company from the ground up, have the autonomy to own the strategy and execution of their functional areas, and potentially become more involved with the company after the fellowship period.

  • 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?

Munchy is currently in the process of building an online presence and validating product-market fits. For the next stage of our startup, we will be working towards market sizing and defining concrete customer segmentations, applying for a cannabis business license, and developing a detailed communication plan leading up to our launch event.

We just wrapped up an exciting semester where we’ve identified the specific problem to tackle and are moving on to building an MVP to continue validating our business in the market. For the next stage of our company, we are looking for VIP fellows to help with:
1. Website Development Fellow: Build out and continue supporting our website on Wix. We are open to leverage another platform that the VIP fellow has expertise in. This is an opportunity to hone in not only your technical skills but also your ability to optimize the online experience for users.
2. Consumer Behavior / Marketing Fellow: We are passionate about delivering the best cannabis experience for our users. This fellowship position will focus on the medical, functional, and psychological aspects of the canna-curious users as well as those who have only tried recreational cannabis a couple of times. Opportunity to build and own the customer journey mapping process as well as recommend our target customer segments. Medical, psychological, or marketing experience preferred but not required.
3. Product Development Fellow: Help curate products for our subscription service as well as educational content for each product. Integrated Product Development (IPD) student or previous DTC product development experience preferred.
4. Content Development Fellow: Curate weekly content for our blog, newsletters, and social media accounts. Creative writing experience preferred.
5. Legal Fellow: Stay up to date with the latest cannabis regulations in California. Prepare applications for cannabis licenses. Law school student or previous legal background preferred.

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

In addition to the specific skills listed above for each fellowship position, we are looking for:
• Passionate about or have an interest in the cannabis industry
• Self-starters, willing to learn and adapt, work independently, go-getters, creative, and love a challenge
• Ability to manage ambiguity and clearly communicate with the team, potential users, and stakeholders
If you have an interest in developing skills beyond or across the 5 positions listed above, we are open to working with you to design a fellowship experience catered to your goals and interests.

Nayko-Naturals

Nayko Natural

Nayko Naturals creates natural, handcrafted, preservative-free skincare products that get back to the basics. The current venture team consists of 1 founder and 1 technical support consultant.

  • 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 represent a fresh perspective in the beauty industry and will not become susceptible to allowing scale to manipulate our product ingredients. By getting back to the basics, we’re able to focus on effective and ethical ingredients that the skin deserves and desires. I have consciously formulated products without water-based ingredients, eliminating the need for numerous preservatives and other synthetic elements. The fellow will learn a lot and be challenged.

These are exciting times for our brand! Demand is high for our products and we are looking to expand. The fellow can expect to learn and be challenged in a fun and ever-changing environment.

  • 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 venture is in a post-launch, revenue-driving stage, where we are looking to grow and expand our customer base. Next milestone is to create a strategic roadmap and marketing plan to be used in growing our customer base.
The fellow will be responsible for creating and implementing the roadmap and marketing strategy. I will also strongly lean on the fellow for social media marketing analytics and growth.

  • What skills and attributes are you looking for in a VIP Fellow?
  • Interest or experience in e-commerce, direct to consumer
  • Appetite to learn and be challenged
  • Ambitiously meets goals
  • Communication
  • Marketing & Social Media expertise
Order-In

Order In

Order in builds virtual and physical work environments to reimagine the workday. Our members-only platform helps top-tier professionals access community, structure, and support for a happier and more productive remote work experience.

  • 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?

Order In is a “future of work” startup reimagining the workday via our remote work platform for top-tier professionals who are WFH. We make the remote workday more structured and productive, and less lonely! Given the current climate (and the permanent impact the pandemic will have on the % of people who work remotely) this is a very, very hot space. Learn more about us at www.orderinclub.com

Our paid membership is live with a length waitlist. So far:

  • 80% of our members feel more productive after joining
  • 85% are forming “genuine” friendships in the community
  • 35% of our applicants refer someone with no economic incentives

Order In has previously hosted VIP Fellows and summer interns, and we’re proud to say that past students recommend working with us because we offer a structured experience to have ownership over meaningful, challenging, and strategic projects with an immediate and visible impact on the company.

When asked whether they’d tell future students to take a role with Order In, 100% of our summer interns said “hell yes!”

  • 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 now a revenue-generating business:  we have an active B2C community up and running, a lengthy waitlist to join it, and we’re developing our B2B offering. After rapidly iterating on our product via free a free beta, we launched our paid offering in December.

This is an exciting moment for us as we gear up to scale. Our most important milestone for 2021 is to surpass $1M ARR, and we’re on track for monthly membership growth milestones towards that goal.

We’re also building MVPs for in-person membership clubs and experiences, to test when COVID safety allows.

Past VIP Fellows have taken on high-impact strategy projects with visible and measurable results, and we plan to help spring VIP Fellows do the same. Fellows will likely focus on either product or growth; see descriptions below.

Proyecto Verde is an early-stage start-up and currently executing customer discovery and market research. We want to begin development on an MVP this summer, and we will achieve this through our findings this semester. Our fellows will work on projects that will directly impact the features we will prioritize and the first iteration of our platform.

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

We’re looking for scrappy & energetic students who are excited about what we’re building, vs. selecting for a particular skill set. We see this as an especially strong learning experience for students interested in VC, PM roles, and/or becoming a founder themselves.

Fellows will focus on one of two areas:
• Product & UX: Focused on building out the product, improving the user experience, market research & strategy, streamlining & automating with an eye to scale, prototyping etc. (Technical background preferred, but not required).
• Growth: The most important metric for any startup! Focused on user acquisition strategy, evaluating & auditing growth channels, brand positioning, performance marketing, and scale. This focus has exposure to the creative side of branding. (Visual design or performance marketing experience preferred, but not required).

In addition, everyone who joins our team will have exposure to long-term strategic planning, community engagement, and investor relations, so we’re looking for strong communicators. Ideal candidates can imagine different stakeholder perspectives with empathy, and advocate for their own ideas.

Proyecto-Verde

Proyecto Verde

Proyecto Verde is a loans and banking platform for immigrant small business owners which uses an alternative data model to provide clients with credit and is available in their preferred language.

  • 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?

Proyecto Verde fills a gap that traditional financial institutions and online lenders do not for immigrant small business owners. Anyone interested in financial services or fintech, or interested in working with immigrant and minority communities or alternative data credit scoring is encouraged to apply.

This is a unique opportunity to work on going from “0 to 1”! Fellows will be involved in the daily operations of the company and work directly with the founder in making business decisions for product development. For those interested in product and project management, this is an opportunity to strengthen those skills and learn from the founder who previously worked at American Express and Goldman Sachs.

  • 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?

Proyecto Verde is an early-stage start-up and currently executing customer discovery and market research. We want to begin development on an MVP this summer, and we will achieve this through our findings this semester. Our fellows will work on projects that will directly impact the features we will prioritize and the first iteration of our platform.

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

– Skills or experience in the financial sector and/or working with immigrant and minority communities
– Interest in learning how a startup pre-MVP functions
– Knowledge of Spanish is a plus, but definitely not required (please indicate fluency)
– Due to the stage of development, we can work with fellow to curate a project that would be a good fit for the company’s needs and their skills

RecoveryBox

Recovery Box

Recovery Box is a simple plug and play system that consolidates heat and cold therapy into a single space and provides unique content that guides individuals or groups through a 30-minute recovery session.

  • 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?

If you are passionate about health, wellness, sports recovery, and/or the cross-section between health and technology, Recovery Box will grant you the opportunity to get your hands dirty as we continue to test our prototype and pave the way for a soft launch in Spring 2021.

Ultimately, Recovery Box is building a community around recovery. This is especially important in our current climate as people look for ways to maximize their athletic performance and reduce injuries, stress, anxiety, and depression.

  • 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 successfully completed two pilots and will be running a third pilot in Spring 2021. As we continue to refine/build our MVP, we will be applying for a variety of pitch competitions and building a MVP for a soft launch. We will also be working on the following:
-Pilot #3
-Product refinement/development
-Renderings/manufacturing conversations
-Supply chain management
-Website development
-UI/UX development for app
-Pre-sales
-Funding
-SEO

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

We are open to all personal and professional backgrounds! More than anything, we are looking for teammates who are hungry and humble, and interested in making an impact in the wellness space. A few of the roles include, but are not limited to:

PRODUCT DESIGN
Skills: Engineering background, graphic design expertise (solid works, CAD, image rendering), and manufacturing experience.
What you will do: Work side-by-side with a small team of engineers and facilitate conversations with manufacturers as we take our product from prototype to MVP.

MARKETING/DIGITAL
Skills: Social media content creation, photography, video editing, styling, paid advertising, and familiarity with Canva, Instagram, Shopify, or Mailchimp.
What you will do: Develop and spearhead a digital media campaign plan throughout the piloting of our prototype.

UI/UX
Skills: Detail oriented, Figma, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, ability to discuss and explain design options.
What you will do: Optimize existing user interface designs, take customer feedback from our pilot and implement it, help design, and take a landing page to a functioning website.

Rejuva

Rejuvia

Rejuvia is direct to consumer, science-driven wellness company that creates innovative, hemp-based products for its wellness-minded community.

  • 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?

Depression and anxiety are a generational problem. The global pandemic and political unrest of 2020 have left individuals feeling more uncertain and less grounded than ever before. Following a reliable morning routine was a valuable tool for me in finding joy and productive energy again. I want to bring this to the world.

VIP Fellows will get to work directly with the founding team and early employees to get an immersive experience in a company that is rapidly growing and angel-backed.

  • 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?

Rejuvia has launched and is in a growth stage. We have raised a pre-seed round and are looking to grow our early customer based and early-stage revenue. Our biggest upcoming milestones are achieving our ambitious revenue goals, widening our profitability margin and securing partnerships with large retailers. We are also in early stages of developing new, innovative products that will be brought to market in Q2 2021.

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

We are looking for hard workers that have a strong desire to learn, contribute and be a part of a small, ambitious team. Strong candidates for our VIP Fellowship will have a passion for digital marketing and social media as well as a curiosity to find new growth ideas.

RMBR

RMBR

RMBR is a way for students to collaboratively capture their college memories. Users and their friends contribute photos, videos, quotes, notes, and location information to a “memory” that serves as a digital time capsule – preserving the experience and the relationships it represents.

  • 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 trying to give college students a seamless, collaborative way to record their college memories. Tackling the problem that in survey results >80% of respondents believe they will wish they had done more to preserve their college memories. Our fellow will be given autonomy to pursue avenues they believe would be beneficial, and be involved in major strategic discussions. Further, they will get to work closely with the two founders, who have elite experience in software engineering, private equity, venture capital and investment banking. We are willing to serve as mentors to fellows and share our knowledge of technical and softer skills to help them be successful in their role with us and into 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?

We are near the final stages of building our MVP, having conducted a market survey with ~150 participants and 10+ in-depth potential customer interviews. Due to the social nature of our app, we are delaying the launch until after the COVID-19 pandemic is under control – likely August 2021. Our next milestone is to continue refining the product on the basis of customer feedback and securing seed funding. We are looking to conduct 100 customer interviews and build an app with top of the line functionality and user interface. Our fellow will be highly involved with product development, specifically UI design. They can also help develop the product, conduct user interviews, and do further market research as we gear up for an NSO 2021 launch.

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

A VIP fellow should be passionate about UI design and ideally have prior experience. Being a potential user for the app, having a strong work ethic, being self-motivated and open to involvement beyond the fellowship are all plusses! If you sound interested in what we are building at RMBR, we would love to speak with you.

roura

Roura

Roura is a wearable device using heating and massage to alleviate period pain.

  • 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?

Our venture is unique because we are tackling period pain from a technical engineering perspective. We are a collaborative environment, and because our background is in engineering the VIP Fellow will get to do hands-on important work for the business and marketing side of the venture.

  • 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 venture is currently in the prototyping, pre-seed phase. We are also focusing much of our energy on user interviews. By the end of 2020 we aim to know what our customers will be willing to pay for our device and have a strong online brand presence. We want to have a tested and functioning MVP by summer 2021. Our fellow will help us develop a branding strategy and online presence. Additionally, our fellow will use Qualtrics and other online resources to do secondary market research and conduct pricing surveys.

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

We need our VIP fellow to be self-motivated and an independent worker. Roura is in the early stages of development and our VIP Fellow should be a creative thinker who is ready to adapt and change along with the venture. We value strong communication skills and the ability to explain complicated topics to a wide audience. Experience with secondary market research and pricing surveys is important as it will be a large part of the fellow’s day-to-day work.

RQ

RQ Beauty

RQ Beauty is a technology enabled beauty brand that brings centuries of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into modern beauty and brings the body into balance by offering what the body needs.

  • 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?

RQ Beauty is a technology-enabled beauty brand that brings centuries of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into modern beauty and brings the body into balance by offering what the body needs. Through face mapping, we identify underlying health concerns that link the internal organs to skincare concerns on the face and provide holistic skincare and ingestible solution. With thousands of active ingredients rooted in TCM instead of the common few in western skincare, RQ Beauty provides a natural and holistic approach to beauty and health.

As a VIP Fellow, you will have the opportunity to work alongside RQ Beauty’s founder, a 2Y MBA who was a Chemical Engineer with deep expertise in product development and innovation in the Beauty and consumer industries (Procter and Gamble, S’well) and has previously launched over 200+ formulas, as well as new product categories. You will be given ownership of your workstream and provided mentorship to ensure you are gaining the skills and experience you want.

  • 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?

RQ Beauty is in the product development and testing phase. We have completed consumer research and are in the process of finalizing the product formula. Our next milestone is to finalize the product formulas, build brand awareness, and identify suppliers and manufacturers in the next three months.

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

We are looking for VIP Fellows interested in the wellness and skincare space and eager to roll up their sleeves and learn. We are looking for fellows (undergrad/grad) to fill the following roles:
Brand/Digital Marketing Fellow: MBA/Design student interested in Brand/Digital Marketing. You love storytelling and will help define and build our marketing strategy, create content and assets, and spearhead our social media presence. Familiarity with photoshop and design software a plus.
UI/UX Fellow: Master/Undergrad student interested in building consumer-centric experiences. You will work closely with the Brand/Digital Marketing Fellow to build our online website for consumers to interact with our brand and products. Photoshop, web and mobile development experience a plus.
Product/Operations Fellow: MBA/Engineering/IPD student interested in product roles and want to be deeply involved in the product development process. You will build and manage relationships with potential manufacturers and suppliers, vet partners, and define the supply chain.

RU

Rù is a beverage company that celebrates Asian flavors designed with function and health in mind.

  • 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 launching in March, working hand in hand with our production and marketing partners currently. This is a unique opportunity to join a CPG start-up, near the finish line of taking it from 0 to 1. You will be working with another VIP fellow, who continued with us from last semester!

  • 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 about to launch, working on the last parts of our ingredients ordering and setting up the framework for marketing and sales. We will need a fellow’s help with the sales, partnerships, and PR components. there will be elements of operations help needed when we do launch in March.

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

Someone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and be collaborative. We love creative people who bring new ideas to the table! We will be going to meet different partners in person in Philadelphia for sales pitches, so someone who is based in Philly and is comfortable with that.

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Sibi Health

Sibi Health is a patient-centric, modern solution for the $51B U.S. market for elective, direct-pay healthcare. Sibi Health gives patients the knowledge and power to choose affordable care, and doctors autonomy over their practices and the freedom to focus on what they love: caring for 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?

The fundamental problem underlying the rising cost of healthcare in America is the disconnect between the service you receive and the price you pay. Did you know that you can get better rates than insurance when you pay your doctor directly for care?
Sibi Health aligns the incentives of doctors and patients through an online marketplace where patients (buyer) can find a doctor (supplier), see transparent pricing, book an appointment, and pay all in one place.

Sibi is a patient-centric, modern solution for the $51B U.S. market for elective, direct-pay healthcare. Sibi gives patients the knowledge and power to choose affordable care, and doctors autonomy over their practices and the freedom to focus on what they love: caring for patients.

As a VIP Fellow, you’ll get to help build a business from the ground up; your ideas, persistence, and ability to push the vision forward will help set the stage for future growth.

  • 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 won the 2020 Penn-Wharton Summer Venture Award and finished an exciting summer and Fall term where we grew Sibi’s network of providers in the Philadelphia area, got our first paying customers, started building out content, and further refined the product and revenue model. The next step is to acquire 100 patients to continue validating the product, continue growing our provider network, and raise a pre-seed round in order to hire a team full-time.

Our VIP-Fellow can choose to focus on one of the following priorities based on their interest and skillset:

Customer Discovery & Insights
Are you a stellar writer and critical thinker with experience pinpointing weaknesses in an argument and crafting questions that probe for honest answers? Are you a natural listener who makes people feel comfortable, with a knack for pattern recognition? If you’re ready to combine your talent with our quest to understand the nitty-gritty details of how self-employed professionals interact with the U.S. healthcare system, come right this way!

You will source, survey, connect with, and interview self-employed professionals to deepen our understanding of our target customers and answer key questions to validate the business. In your first week, you’ll start by writing the survey that will get to the heart of peoples’ experiences so we can tailor Sibi Health to what they need and better position ourselves in the market. Then, you’ll collect survey data by distributing the survey for maximal results through a combination of cold online outreach (think infiltrating slack channels, Reddit, Craigslist, and messaging Instagram accounts) and warm email intros through friends of friends with connections to freelance communities. Finally, you’ll use the data you’ve gathered to help determine the direction of the business.

Content Marketing
Do you love to write and add a little spice to things that could otherwise sound mundane? Are you particularly great at boiling down complex concepts and jargon into bite-sized pieces that people can understand and relate to? Do you find yourself screenshot-ing great ads to save them “for later”? If you want to help guide patients through the confusing world that is the U.S. healthcare system, please hop on board!

You will develop written and visual content, social posts, and other campaigns to drive organic growth, awareness, and customer affinity. Check out some articles we’ve written already at https://medium.com/@sibihealth and by subscribing to our newsletter at www.sibihealth.com.

Digital Marketing
Do you have prior work experience building and running digital ad campaigns (Google search, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) from start to finish? Do you pride yourself on your ability to find the lowest CAC? If you’re excited to use your technical and creative skills to give healthcare access to millions of more people and get a startup off the ground in the process, you’re in the right place!

You will build, run, and analyze our first digital marketing campaigns to drive Philadelphia-area self-employed professionals to sign up for Sibi Health.

Pre-seed Investment Prep
Do you have a venture capital investing background but want to cut your teeth on the startup side, or have you successfully raised a round of funding yourself? Are you a talented storyteller who’s skilled at anticipating how an audience will react? If so, we want you!

You will develop investor materials, conduct market research, and prepare a list of target investors for Sibi Health’s first outside capital raise. You’ll partner with Catherine, Sibi Health’s founder, to position the company for success.

Growth/Direct Sales
Do you have what it takes to transform a vision into a thriving business? Do people usually describe you as persistent, persuasive, outgoing and confident? Are you organized, and a great listener? Do you love talking with people? If you’re looking for early-stage startup experience, you’ve come to the right place.

Growth Track 1: Provider Sales
Growth Track 2: Employer/Partner Sales

You will own sales and partnership development from start to finish to push the Sibi Health vision forward and drive growth. You will source partners, cold call and cold email them and find warm intros, convince them to join our network, work with them to get them onboarded and build the relationship to expand their involvement with Sibi.

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

We’re looking for a go-getter who is endlessly curious, scrappy, independent and loves building things from scratch. We want someone who’s excited about using market forces and a customer-centric approach to fix the U.S. healthcare system. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who’s not afraid of doing the hard (and often un- glamourous) work needed to take an idea and execute on it.

Snatch

Snatch

Snatch is an app-based platform that strives to create an online campus marketplace community. Our app provides a university specific platform where only students and local businesses from the same campus can interact, buy and purchase products.

  • 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?

As a company focused on online marketplace/ retail, our app has become a highly requested service that already local businesses around campus are interested in joining as well as fellow students. If you wish to create this next step of the online school community, joining Snatch will not only give you exposure to establishing and operating a marketplace but also allow you to communicate with local businesses, brainstorm new features with our outsourced professional developers, and be hands-on in growing an early stage venture.

Another unique part of our venture is that we have another team at Duke to establish presence there as well, so you can connect with and gian resources both at Penn and Duke through this experience. Lastly but most importantly, everyone in our team has an entrepreneurial mind, and we always make sure that everyone’s voice is heard–and so will yours!

  • 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 planning to officially launch our app at the end of January, and have surveyed potential customers for feedback and suggestions on our demo app. Currently, we are reaching out to local businesses at Penn and Duke to populate the marketplace. For our next step, we will be marketing our app to potential sellers and then finally market to buyers as well as continue our previous effort in gaining more sellers. We also wish to land seed fundings and participate in more accelerators such as Techstars, and as a fellow, you can gain hands-on experience in networking with such professionals as well as increasing traction to our app through dynamic marketing efforts.

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

The most important attribute we value in our team is a diligent work ethic and the willingness to bring new ideas to the table in order to grow our venture.

Experience in marketing/ design with a creative mindset is preferred as we will be implementing creative marketing strategies and upgrading our logo and color scheme. We are also hoping to build our social media presence, so any experience with Instagram design and layout will be valuable.
Also, as we will be reaching out to local businesses, students, and investors, anyone who likes making connections and can be proactive in communicating is welcomed!

Welltrip

Welltrip

Welltrip is a medical travel startup that helps patients search for verified, peer-reviewed doctors and book medical appointments at one-half the U.S price tag or less.

  • 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?

Welltrip is unique because it is the only digitally native, one-stop-shop for medical travelers, offering new levels of transparency to US healthcare consumers.

The platform includes:
• Pricing of medical visits
• Guided 3-D virtual tours of medical facilities
• Add-on services for transportation, housing, and tourism

VIP Fellows will have an amazing experience with Welltrip because:
• We enjoy a work-hard/play-hard environment with frequent opportunities to travel
• Our founders and advisors are an amazing group of mentors including: a Forbes 30 Under 30 VC, a serial entrepreneur & Wharton professor, a former Harvard Residential Advisor, and former consultant who’s coached over 300 analysts.
• Fellows will be able to tailor their internship to have the exact experiences (and resume bullet points) they need for future careers

  • 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 a minimum viable product (MVP), formed strategic partnerships with clinics and travel agencies in our initial launch city (Medellin, Colombia), and are receiving our beta-test patients in January.

Our next milestones are:
• Product Development – delivering a quality end-to-end patient experience that can be standardized
• Healthcare Policy – recruiting a clinical board and developing needed clinical protocols
• Digital Marketing & Analytics – growing our existing customer base
We envision a VIP fellow making an impact in one of the buckets above depending on their interests and experiences.

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

Required:
• A desire to try new strategies, software tools (not coding), and cultural settings
• A growth mindset and ability to change and adapt quickly

Preferred:
• Functional experience in sales, marketing (SEO / Social Media), or product management
• Industry experience in healthcare or digital marketplaces
• Comfortable speaking/writing in Spanish