As smaller companies grow, the greatest challenge lies in maintaining company culture when business owners feel that their spirit and values are lost during rapid expansion.
Yujiro is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building companies that have delivered innovative therapies to patients. In June 2015, he launched and incorporated IDEAYA Biosciences as its first employee and Chief Executive Officer and led the company’s IPO in May 2019 (NASDAQ: IDYA). From 2015 to 2018, he served as an Executive-in-Residence at 5AM Ventures. From 2014 to August 2015, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Flexus Biosciences, which he led through its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb in April 2015, and then served as Chief Operating Officer at FLX Bio (renamed RAPT Therapeutics, NASDAQ: RAPT), a spinout of Flexus Biosciences.
Goodbay Technologies provides outsourced customer support for leading growth-oriented companies. Goodbay Technologies is more than just a call center company – they partner with clients to drive customer retention and increase their profitability. Goodbay is part call center, part management consulting. In Sapan's role, Sapan focuses on creating strategic alignment between Goodbay Technology's team and the clients that they serve
Andrew and George’s careers in the intersection of health-tech, life sciences and entrepreneurship showcases the complex and often contradictory incentives of players in the healthcare industry. Learn more about the hardships and complexities within health-tech entrepreneurship by listening to Andy and George’s stories about Proteus and their other health-tech ventures and what they learned from the experience.
Howard recently joined Ultragenyx, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies for serious rare and ultrarare genetic diseases, and is responsible for leading the company’s global finance, accounting, corporate strategy and investor relations functions. Howard received his B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
US institution tops global assessment that takes account of measures including the quality of academic research
This session will explore the variety of alternative entrepreneurship through acquisition and search fund models with Professor Charbel Zreik.
Join us for an info session about Venture Lab's Bet on Entrepreneurship program. Attend to learn about the program and application process, and hear from alumni of the program.
Beginning on September 18th, students participated in the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative’s week-long Climate Change and the Future of Food Salon Sprint. During this Salon Sprint, students identified impactful business solutions to the challenges facing the food system and iterated their ideas through a series of workshops mid-week. The week concluded with a pitch competition on September 22nd, which offered students the opportunity to win a validation prize of $500.
The very next day after closing the deal, the search fund entrepreneur walks into an operating company and takes over the CEO role. From a high-powered Board room, to dealing with blue collar employees on the front line, the leadership requirements are unique and challenging. Professor Zreik will review fundamental “leadership moments” and discuss practical strategies for becoming the type of leader that is most likely to succeed in this journey.

A first-generation Nigerian-American, Jonathan Muruako CAS'17 SPP'24 grew up in a low-income household in Mississippi, where access to educational resources was limited. After Muruako began attending the University of Pennsylvania, he found himself constantly needing to play catch-up in an educational environment different from his upbringing. He recognized that many other first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) students faced similar challenges as he did. According to his research, only 10% of first-generation students graduate within six years, while close to 45% end up dropping out.
Philadelphia, PA, June 8, 2023 — Penn President Liz Magill and Wharton Dean Erika James are delighted to announce a $10 million gift to establish the Robin S. Wolpow, PAR’14 and Marc B. Wolpow, W’80, PAR’14 Fund for Healthcare Entrepreneurship at Venture Lab, the center for student entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania. The Wolpows’ landmark gift, facilitated through the Arbour Way Foundation (“AWF”), will create vibrant programming focused on healthcare innovation and co-curricular learning and collaboration across the University of Pennsylvania.