About Venture Lab
Home of EntrePENNeurs
at Penn by Wharton
Our Mission
Venture Lab is the entrepreneurship center at the Wharton School that serves all students and alumni across the University of Pennsylvania who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. We maximize the ability of our students and alumni to address important challenges through entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.
Our Impact
Like so much else at the University of Pennsylvania, Venture Lab has a proud history. The Wharton School was the first to develop a fully integrated curriculum of entrepreneurial studies, in 1973. The Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center was the first Center dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship.

Today, Wharton boasts one of the largest entrepreneurial teaching programs, the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program, offering more than 30 courses across seven disciplines to thousands of students and entrepreneurs each year. New active learning environments bring entrepreneurship to life in the classroom. Our faculty and students study entrepreneurship around the world.

Labs & Programs

Check out a few of our signature programs, funding opportunities, and more
Our flagship program, the Venture Initiation Program is a joint incubator-accelerator that introduces students to the key aspects of entrepreneurship.
Since its inception in the Fall of 2001, our Visiting Experts program has provided over 1700 Penn students with the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with over 170 successful entrepreneurs.
The Penn Wharton Innovation Fund exists to fund creative and meaningfully innovative ventures from the Penn student community.
Compete for a slice of more than $150,000 in cash and in-kind awardsto help launch your venture!
The Studios @ Venture Labs are a collection of workspaces and labs that house digital and analog fabrication technologies that empower the Penn community to make their ideas a reality.

Where Ideas Come to Life

With a new name and a new home, Venture Lab — formerly known as Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship — is the culmination of a nearly 50-year journey to help aspiring founders at Wharton and across the university realize their visions.