VIP-X
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.

VIP-X runs three times annually: fall, spring, and summer

What We Offer

When your startup is ready to launch, VIP-X provides the additional resources and mentoring that you need to take your venture to the next level.
Individual advising
Dedicated seed funding
Advanced workshops

Spring 2022 VIP-X Cohort

Flock is a beauty, wellness, and personal care social e-commerce marketplace that combines social media connections, group buying, and gamification to create an interactive, community-driven shopping experience.
Connect with U.S. based KPop and KDrama fans!
Lyvely Drinks aims to be the one-stop shop with high-quality, bar-level cocktails for different tastes and occasions; think cocktails from Dead Rabbit, Death & Co., or your favorite cocktail bar, ready-to-pour and drink from your fridge.
NuMarra harnesses generational wisdom to support women navigating menopause through a holistic symptom management platform.
Recuperet Health solves a gap in the transition of care of a patient from a hospital or ambulatory care center to their recovery and return to normal activities. The Recuperet platform integrates the patient's recovery process with their community support and their healthcare team.

Previous Cohorts

Fall 2021

Spring 2021


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


Spring 2017


Fall 2016


Upcoming Events

21
April
Co-Founder, Beyond Meat; Co-Founder, Perennial
20
April
Co-Founder & MP, Albany Road Real Estate Partners
11
April
VP of Business Messaging Group, Meta
15
April
Co-founder and CEO, Frutero Ice Cream

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HILADELPHIA, MAY 3, 2022 – The University of Pennsylvania’s Venture Lab is pleased to announce the winner of the sixth annual Startup Challenge, sponsored by Eric Aroesty, C’92: ToxiSense, co-founded by a team of four University of Pennsylvania freshmen, Aravind Krishnan, C’25, W’25; Udit Garg, ENG’25; Andrew Diep-Tran, W’25; and Aarush Sahni, C’25. The Startup Challenge was held on April 29, 2022 at Tangen Hall, the University of Pennsylvania’s hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation.
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Venture Lab is pleased to announce the creation of a new Entrepreneur in Residence program, a marker of the continued growth for the newly-formed entrepreneurship center. The newly-established position is a long-term engagement with the center to provide workshops, office hours, and general advising/mentoring to support early-stage student and alumni ventures in our Venture Initiation Program. Open to all Penn alumni, the role doubles as a meaningful way for former participants of the program to return to their innovative roots and support the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the university. After a strict selection process, the center is delighted to announce that Doug Baldasare, CEO and Founder of ChargeItSpot, a world leader in cell phone charging stations, will serve as the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence. Baldasare developed the concept for ChargeItSpot during his time in the program as an MBA student at the Wharton School and continues to serve as CEO.
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