For Students
Venture Lab is here to help Penn students interested in entrepreneurship & innovation find their unique path and career. Our collection of entrepreneurship resources available to students across the entire Penn community.

Goergen Entrepreneurial Programs

Endowed in 1997 by Robert B. Goergen WG’62, the program is distinguished by its ability to combine theory with practice, allowing students to gain access and insight from the entrepreneurial business community. His generous gift endows the teaching programs in entrepreneurship
Join the most dedicated community of entrepreneurs at Penn. VIP-C members meet regularly in the group co-working space to support each other, set goals for their startups, take workshops, and get group advising on their ventures.

Our Bay Area accelerator, open to students and alumni. VIP San Francisco brings the resources of the Penn community to the West Coast with an intensive accelerator which runs twice a year, in spring and fall.

Meet with experts in law, tech, design, research, PR, communications, and more who can help you with the practical problems of launching a startup through our program.

The Summer Venture Award (SVA) of $10,000 is intended to assist students financially over the summer in lieu of full-time internships so that they can concentrate on developing their entrepreneurial ventures.

The Startup Internship Awards are awarded to select students who will spend the summer interning at a startup and who demonstrate both a commitment to entrepreneurship at Penn and to pursuing an entrepreneurial career.
The Startup Challenge is a competition for Penn's student-founded ventures. Teams can earn up to $135,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

We are here for all Penn students. When students run their idea by me at Venture Lab, I tell them that entrepreneurship can grow big, but it starts small and anyone can start it.
Trang Pham, Executive Director of Venture Lab
The resources at Penn are unparalleled, and I am very appreciative of that. I was accepted into VIP-C and then VIP-X, the incubator and accelerator tracks in the Venture Initiation Program. VIP-X gave me the proper resources to launch Steignet.
A.J. Steigman (WG'18), Founder & CEO, Steignet

Additional Resources

The Innovation Fund exists to fund creative and meaningfully innovative ventures from the Penn student community.
Snider Consulting delivers actionable recommendations that help our clients drive and sustain business growth through semester-long consulting engagements supported by professional advising, our talented and dedicated MBA and undergraduate consultants.

WeissScale is the Weiss Tech House‘s student-run startup incubator, encouraging and supporting students in the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies.

Learn the basics of entrepreneurship, online. Take a single class, or complete all five in the specialization. These courses were created by Wharton, and are taught by Wharton professors, including Kartik Hosanagar, David Hsu, Ethan Mollick, and Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship Lori Rosenkopf.
Experience the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of the Wharton School in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Each space in our technologically advanced academic facility is designed to foster an in-depth and collaborative learning experience.

The Y-Prize challenges students to discover the hidden potential in Penn research. You’ll learn what it takes to take technology out of the lab and into the marketplace, to transform invention into true innovation. You’ll gain a valuable foothold in Penn’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and meet brilliant people along the way.


Venture Lab offers five unique pathways for students and alumni interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. Each pathways features tailored programming that intertwines with our collective programs and resources.