At Venture Lab, we believe that our alumni are the heartbeat of innovation and entrepreneurial success. This dedicated space has been crafted with the spirit of the University of Pennsylvania's trailblazing ethos in mind—a hub where our accomplished graduates come together to ignite change, drive growth, and redefine the future.

Navigating Your Alumni Journey

Whether you're an entrepreneur in the trenches of scaling your venture, a rising executive shaping the future of Fortune 500 giants, or a visionary in the venture capital landscape, here you'll find:
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Discover pathways to give back, mentor, and contribute to the ongoing legacy of excellence at Venture Lab.

Dive into success stories from peers who've turned bold ideas into remarkable ventures.

Network with a vibrant community of like-minded leaders, innovators, and changemakers.

Access exclusive resources, industry insights, and personal development tools to accelerate your journey.

Venture Lab | Alumni Reunion '24

Friday, May 17, 2024 | 4 - 6:30p ET | Tangen Hall

As cherished members of the Penn and Wharton entrepreneurial ecosystem, we're delighted to invite you to an intimate evening of reminiscing, reconnecting, and rekindling the bonds that tie our unique community together at Venture Lab. Share your stories, relive the memories, and discuss the exciting paths you've embarked on since you've graduated from Penn.

We're excited to welcome a cozy group of 150 alumni for this special event.

Please RSVP by May 13th to ensure your place for the reunion. Reconnect with your entrepreneurial peers and learn more about how our campus and ecosystem have grown.

VIP-X | San Francisco

For some startups, San Francisco is the only place to be — and that’s why Venture Lab created a Venture Initiation Program specifically for alumni and students in the SF Bay Area.

Questions About VIP-X in San Francisco: Email venturelab@upenn.edu with “VIP-X/San Francisco” in the subject line.
The Wharton Scale School series hosted in conjunction with Lifelong Learning in San Francisco guides entrepreneurs making the transition from a successful startup to a large enterprise. Hear from experts who share solutions to critical challenges faced by rapidly growing companies.
Through semester-long consulting engagements supported by professional advising, our talented and dedicated MBA and undergraduate consultants provide tailored research, analysis, thought partnership, and execution support to meet our clients’ needs.
The Visiting Experts Program is a Venture Lab program that provides students with the opportunity to meet alumni founders, entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and industry experts in one-on-one or small group AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions.

FAQ

What is the Venture Lab Alumni Community?
The Venture Lab Alumni Community is a vibrant network of University of Pennsylvania graduates who have ventured into entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. This platform offers resources, networking opportunities, and continuous learning to support your ongoing success.

How can I get involved with Venture Lab as an alumnus?
There are numerous ways to get involved, from attending events and workshops, participating in mentorship programs, to contributing your expertise as a speaker, writer, or judge in one of our pitch competitions.

What types of events and programs does Venture Lab offer to alumni?
We offer a wide range of events and programs, including networking events, professional development workshops, webinars, and exclusive alumni gatherings.

How can I subscribe to the Venture Lab Alumni Newsletter?
Simply fill out the subscription form in the 'Get The Inside Track' section of this page. You'll receive regular updates on news, events, and opportunities directly in your inbox.
Can I contribute to Venture Lab as a donor or mentor?
Absolutely! Your contributions as a donor or mentor are invaluable. Visit our 'Call to Action for Support' section to learn more about how you can make a difference.
How can I share my own success story with the Venture Lab community?
We love hearing about our alumni's achievements! Please contact us through the form in the 'Contact and Further Information' section to share your story.
How can I reconnect with fellow alumni?
Join our events, participate in our programs, or subscribe to our newsletter to reconnect with your peers. Our platform is designed to foster strong connections among our alumni.

Alternatively, you can find the list of Penn and Wharton alumni clubs here.

Who can I contact for more information or specific inquiries?
For more information about Venture Lab or specific inquiries, email us at venturelab@upenn.edu.

Additional Resources

Our partners at Lifelong Learning provide Wharton alumni with continuing education opportunites throughout their professional lives with extraordinary resources—online, on-campus, and in regions worldwide
Honoring Laura Alber, C'90, CEO of Williams-Sonoma

The Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Achievement Award is given by Venture Lab and recognizes excellence in the Wharton and University of Pennsylvania startup community. Recipients are chosen by the Venture Lab Advisory Board.

Alumni Success Stories

From groundbreaking startups to transformative leadership roles, these stories showcase the spirit and success of our Venture Lab graduates.
February 28, 2024 12:00 AM
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August 17, 2023 11:15 AM
Highlight, an in-home product testing company, raised $18 million in Series A funding to continue developing its technology already helping hundreds of brands test thousands of products.
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February 28, 2024 12:00 AM
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By  Christine Cheng
, September 12, 2023 03:22 PM
Meet The Community Grocer, a scalable non-profit community market, resource, and education center advancing food justice and health equity through EBT accessible meal solutions.
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August 23, 2023 10:39 AM
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.
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By  Emilee Gu
, November 11, 2022 10:44 AM
In May 2022, Nemu took home the Ashton Family Award for Female Founders in the 2022 Venture Lab Startup Challenge. In this article, Sarah Powers (WG '23), Nemu's founder, unveils the mission and values of Nemu. Follow her journey below!
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By  Christine Cheng
, August 28, 2023 08:00 AM
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.
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