The Startup Challenge is Venture Lab’s flagship event, which brings together successful entrepreneurial alumni with Penn student entrepreneurs, to showcase the best ventures from across Penn’s campus. The Startup Challenge includes the Semifinals, Finals, and Awards Ceremony.


11:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks from:

  • Erin McGowan NPL'12, Senior Associate Director, Venture Lab 
  • Trang Pham WG'18, Executive Director, Venture Lab

11:10 AM
Finalist Pitches (teams 1 -4)

  • 11:10 AM: Shinkei System Corp.
  • 11:28 AM: Impact Local
  • 11:46 AM: ToxiSense
  • 12:04 PM: Groov
12:20 PM
12:30 PM
Finalist Pitches (Teams 5 - 8)

  • 12:30 PM: DeToxiFy
  • 12:48 PM: Miren
  • 1:11 PM: Ossum Technologies
  • 1:29 PM: Nemu
2:15 PM
Elevator Pitches

  • 2:15 PM: Ossum Technologies
  • 2:18 PM: Shinkei Systems Corp.
  • 2:21 PM: Miren
  • 2:24 PM: Impact Local
  • 2:27 PM: Groov
  • 2:30 PM: Nemu
  • 2:33 PM: DeToxiFy
  • 2:36 PM: ToxiSense
2:40 PM
People's Choice Award
3:30 PM
Winner’s Announced and Closing Remarks from Lori Rosenkopf, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship 

4:30 PM
Event Concludes

We’re proud to announce this year’s Finalists for the 2022 Startup Challenge. 

Teams consist of students from The Wharton School, The College of Arts and Sciences, and The School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Startup Challenge and Showcase attracts the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds from across the Penn community as they compete for a chance to win $150,000 in cash and prizes.

Meet Our Judges

Bikram Bakshi
Bikram Bakshi, WG'05
Entrepreneur and Innovator
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Mona Bijoor, C'98 WG'05
Founder, Sol TV and JOOR
Partner, Kings Circle Capital
Best Selling Author of Startups and Downs
Robert B. Goergen Jr.
Robert B. Goergen Jr., WG'00
Founder and Chairman, G5 Capital
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Devo Harris, W'99
Founder, Adventr
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