Venture Initiation Program
Our flagship program, the Venture Initiation Program is a joint incubator-accelerator that introduces students to the key aspects of entrepreneurship such as ideation, validation, market-product fit, fundraising, networking, scaling, business planning, development, launching and more.
VIP-C is Penn’s very own incubator. Every entrepreneur is welcome, from those who are still learning the basics of transforming an idea into a business plan, to savvy CEOs working on their second startup
VIP-X is an intense, 3-month accelerator program for the most dedicated student and alumni entrepreneurs and the most advanced startups in VIP-C. Applications are by invitation only.
For some startups, San Francisco is the only place to be — and that’s why Venture Lab expanded our program specifically for alumni and students in the SF Bay Area.

VIP Fellows are students with an interest in working at an early-stage venture, particularly as one of the first employees or in joining an early-stage venture as a co-founder.

Meet Our Entrepreneur in Residence

Doug is the Founder & CEO of ChargeItSpot, a Philadelphia-based company building unrivaled solutions that solve problems in mobile device security, charging, and management.

Since its founding in 2012, ChargeItSpot has established partnerships with Target, Nordstrom, Under Armour, Bloomingdales, Gap, Westfield Malls, Penn Medicine, UPMC, and others. Now, Doug is leading the company into the Mobile Device Management space with a premier enterprise device management technology: ARC™.

Doug holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BBA in Marketing & Finance from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business.
Wharton Entrepreneurship played a huge role in Avisi's early days. As student entrepreneurs, we hardly knew where to start; but the community gave us the resources, support, and confidence to overcome countless challenges and create a medtech venture. If you're a student, I highly encourage you to explore Venture Lab and think about pursuing entrepreneurship to solve issues you're passionate about - if not now, when, and if not you, who?
Rui Jing Jiang, CEO & Co-Founder, Avisi Technologies Inc

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