VIP-X is an intense, 3-month accelerator program for the most dedicated student and alumni entrepreneurs and the most advanced startups.

Applications close May 15th, 2024.

What We Offer

When your startup is ready to launch, VIP-X provides the additional resources and mentoring needed to take your venture to the next level.

Learn more about VIP-X.
1:1 Advising and Group Coaching
Dedicated Seed Funding
Advanced Workshops
Dedicated Venture Workspace
1:1 sessions with EIRs
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Alberto and Gay Peisach Mentoring Initiative

After receiving support during their time in VIP-X, many founders need industry-specific advice to progress ventures and scale. Thanks to the Alberto and Gay Peisach Mentoring Initiative, VIP-X founders can receive additional support and are matched with alumni mentors with industry and/or specific functional expertise.

If you a Penn Alumni interested in mentoring a VIP-X founder, fill out the form here to register.

VIP-X | Spring 2024 Cohort

Serena Advani C'17 W'17 WG'22

Seadrop Skincare is reinventing skincare with our debut product: a first-of-its-kind, crushable, “just-add-water” skincare tablet that is freshly activated with tap water. While traditional liquid cleanser is ~90% water and stored in single-use plastic, our waterless cleanser comes in zero-waste, refillable packaging for skincare that’s cleaner for both the planet and your skin.
Brandon Huang, WG'25

GoodRun is a digital home for the basketball community and ecosystem, including players, hosts, facility managers, coaches, etc.
Jade Peterson GED'24

Jolt Education is an internet add-on that enables teachers to drag and drop short-form educational videos into their existing lessons to increase engagement and reduce time spent on lesson planning.
Jeanine Mojum  WG'24

Amoureux Beauty is redefining sensitive skincare with products that both address and prevent disruption from internal and external skin stressors.
Avanthika Ramesh WG'25

MediMint is a healthcare platform that modernizes the traditional process of medical image sharing, currently dependent on physical CDs, by leveraging blockchain technology to establish a secure channel for seamless imaging data exchange between patients and providers with minimal change management, prioritizing transparency, security, and efficiency, ushering in a new era of patient-centric healthcare.
Abigail McCulloch  WG'25

Padel Blue is a padel club focused on uniting communities in health and social connection.
Riddhima Kapoor WG'24

Veggie Vice is the clean vegetable chip designed for health-conscious snackers. Simply made with a sliced, freeze-dried, veggie and powerful flavors, it delivers an irresistible crunch and robust flavors for nutritious guilt-free indulgence on the go.

VIP-X Alumni

Fall 2023
  • Nirby: Nirby is a real-time soil analytics and farmland management tool for large agricultural enterprises, leveraging satellite data and proprietary drone systems to deliver actionable insights within minutes.

  • BetterBasket: BetterBasket provides competitive merchandising intelligence and recommendations on pricing and product assortment for food and beverage businesses.

  • BrainFood: BrainFood is a mental wellness brand launching a brain-specific micronutrient beverage and educational support for busy young professionals and students, promoting focus, stress resilience, and brain health for a more fulfilling life.

  • Fitalyst: Fitalyst is on a mission to re-humanize campus data to help close the achievement gap for First-Gen students.

  • Snowlake: Snowlake redefines affordable housing, using technology and ethical management to revitalize buildings.

  • Caboodle: Caboodle brings the circular economy to life via our luxury, sustainable DIY craft kits for adults
    • Founders: Rachel Snyder (WG'24), Megan Burke (WG'24)

  • LCKR: A sports and activities rental marketplace that turns curiosity into adventure
Summer 2023
  • Alopex Golf: Technologies enhancing the indoor golf training experience, optimized for accessibility with high-speed video recording, cloud-based remote coaching, and AI-powered 3D analysis.
    • Founders: Lindsay Smith (SEAS'23), Ryan Hosler (SEAS'22)

  • InvenTABLE: InvenTABLE is a kid-safe power tool that teaches valuable STEM skills by giving kids ages 8-12 the ability to cut through cardboard and build 3D models with ease.
    • Founders: Kausalya Raman (GEng'23), Max Liechty (SEAS'22)

  • Munch Industries: is building food automation for quick-service dining areas. Our first product is Orble, a customer-facing automatic bubble tea machine for dining areas to get into the 4 billion dollar boba market.
    • Founders: Nastassja Kuznetsova (SEAS'23), Lada Korotaeva (SEAS'23), Sophie Takahashi (MT'23)

  • MineMe: MineMe enables everyday internet users to own, control, and monetize their data while providing companies access to robust, ethically sourced consumer data. MineMe is built on the following tenets: You own your data. You are in control. And with MineMe, you can monetize.
    • Founder: Archana Somasegar (WG'24)
  • Pairfect: Pairfectis a modern-day matchmaking service that introduces single people to other singles through a combination of technology and matchmakers who screen each user and suggest matches.
    • Founder: Annie Xu (SPP’24 WG’24)

  • Airalux Medical: Airalux is a smart, digital incentive spirometer and companion app designed to address unmet needs in incentive spirometry (IS).
    • Founder: Joshua Freedman (GEng'23)

  • Aimless: Aimless is a platform allowing retailers and firms to turn their data into revenue-generating machine learning insights. Instead of hiring engineers to navigate the process of building ML infrastructure, Aimless wraps this technology into a platform requiring no code and no prior knowledge.
    • Founder: Joshua Weiner (SEAS'23)
Spring 2023
  • ALL-in Eduspace (Devi Kasih, ENG'10, W'10, GED'23) ALL-in Eduspace is an education consulting firm that offers personalized mentoring.
  • BUILD Nigeria (Claire Utomi W'23) Creating social change through education for Nigerians.
  • Clédo (Joseph Han, WG'23) Clédo offers clinically proven skin and hair care products to fight public enemy no.1: aging.
  • NEPRI Pasta (Jessica Ramses, ENG'22, GEN'23) NEPRI pasta is a nutritious pasta for the health-conscious consumer.
  • Odyssey Notebooks (Rainbow Yeung, WG'24) Odyssey Notebooks uses special papers to create premium and sustainably crafted paper products for fountain pen users, artists, and every-day writers.
  • SecureFlow (Evan Adamo, WG'23; Conor Brown, WG'23; Aayush Garg WG’24) SecureFlow is the first-ever web-based platform that streamlines the workstreams required to exchange cash in mergers and acquisitions.
Fall 2022
Summer 2022
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Fall 2021

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Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

Summer 2019

  • Air23: (Sieva Kozinsky, WG’20; Vishnu Rachakonda, ENG’18, GEN’19) Helping Pharma Companies Recruit For Clinical Trials
  • Avior Analytics: (Ryan Wosick, ENG’19; Joseph Scheidt) Improving Patient Engagement in Physical Therapy
  • BioAlert Technologies: (Marc Rosenberg, C’18, GEN’19; Soleil Carrero, GEN’19) The First Continuous Infection Monitoring System
  • ConnectED Mobile: (Andie Kaplan, WG’20) Cell phone service made easy
  • Frutero Ice Cream: (Mike Weber, WG’20; Vedant Saboo, WG’20) Sweet Treats Straight From The Tropics

Spring 2019

  • Elix: (Lulu Ge, WG’20) Personalized Plant-Based Healing Formulas
  • Cobare: (Jelece Morris, WG’19) Sustainable Solutions For Feminine Care
  • Keaton: (Melina Flabiano, WG’19) Carefully Crafted Office Workwear For Women
  • Polyview: (Amreeta Gill, WG’19; Tyler MacBroom, WG’18) Enhancing Operational Productivity with Management Software
  • Synovium: (Elston He, L’20, WG’20; Rajiv Patel-O’Connor, C’19; Evan Zou, C’19, W’19) Leveraging Data For Treating Autoimmune Diseases

Fall 2018

Summer 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Summer 2017

  • brEDcrumb: (Scott Elfenbein, WG’17) Getting Low-Income Kids to Great Colleges
  • E-Health Now: (Kelly Xu, WG’17; Vinayak Kumar, C13, G13, M18, WG18; Ram Prasadat) Bringing Hope to Chinese Cancer Patients
  • Eager Academy: (Chris Hanson, C’17)  Teaching Students How To Learn
  • Fellow Hunter: (Parker Barnett, GEN’18A) A Sharing Economy for Hunters
  • Neuroflow: (Chris Molaro, WG’17; Adam Pardes, GR’19)  Curing PTSD with Wearables
Spring 2017

Fall 2016

VIP-X in San Francisco is an accelerator open to Penn alumni and student entrepreneurs in the Bay Area who are founders or leaders of early-stage ventures. This four-month program runs twice per year, in the fall and in the spring. The company must have traction, and the team must be based in the San Francisco Bay Area during their time in the program.
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