The Visiting Experts Program is a Venture Lab program that provides students with the opportunity to meet alumni founders, entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and industry experts in one-on-one or small group AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions. The program aims to provide insights into the practical, conceptual, and personal challenges of launching, acquiring, or growing a venture.

What You'll Gain

Our program provides six unique benefits that help shape you as a founder or joiner on the path to building and scaling your venture.

These sessions are for students with general questions, interested in learning more about a particular industry or role, or interested in hearing about a visiting expert’s career trajectory. Students are expected to come with questions and be prepared to actively engage in discussions.

These 1:1 sessions are for students with specific questions that align with the experience, or expertise of the Visiting Expert.

Practical 1:1 advice and assistance from student and professional legal experts.

These sessions are student-led. Participants are expected to come prepared with questions or requests for the legal experts

Upcoming AMA Sessions

March 21, 2024 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Yujiro is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building companies that have delivered innovative therapies to patients. In June 2015, he launched and incorporated IDEAYA Biosciences as its first employee and Chief Executive Officer and led the company’s IPO in May 2019 (NASDAQ: IDYA). From 2015 to 2018, he served as an Executive-in-Residence at 5AM Ventures. From 2014 to August 2015, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Flexus Biosciences, which he led through its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb in April 2015, and then served as Chief Operating Officer at FLX Bio (renamed RAPT Therapeutics, NASDAQ: RAPT), a spinout of Flexus Biosciences.
March 27, 2024 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Goodbay Technologies provides outsourced customer support for leading growth-oriented companies. Goodbay Technologies is more than just a call center company – they partner with clients to drive customer retention and increase their profitability. Goodbay is part call center, part management consulting. In Sapan's role, Sapan focuses on creating strategic alignment between Goodbay Technology's team and the clients that they serve
March 28, 2024 at 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Tangen Hall, 115 South 40th Street Room 342 Philadelphia, PA 19104
Andrew and George’s careers in the intersection of health-tech, life sciences and entrepreneurship showcases the complex and often contradictory incentives of players in the healthcare industry. Learn more about the hardships and complexities within health-tech entrepreneurship by listening to Andy and George’s stories about Proteus and their other health-tech ventures and what they learned from the experience.
March 19, 2024 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Howard recently joined Ultragenyx, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies for serious rare and ultrarare genetic diseases, and is responsible for leading the company’s global finance, accounting, corporate strategy and investor relations functions. Howard received his B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Join Venture Lab as a Visiting Expert

As an alum, becoming a Visiting Expert provides 1:1 engagements with aspiring student entrepreneurs in search of real-world guidance from industry experts and trailblazers.  
Interested? Get in touch with us below!
Students are looking to engage in one-on-one or small group sessions with:

  • Founders, CEOs, and Acquisition Entrepreneurs: Individuals who have successfully launched, acquired, or led companies.

  • Funders: This includes Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Debt Financers, Impact Investors, and experts in Philanthropic Giving.

  • Lawyers: Professionals specialized in areas like General Practice, Intellectual Property, Startup Law, and Not-for-profit Law.

  • Operator/Functional Experts: Roles such as COO, CTO, and Sales Leaders who have practical experience in managing and growing business operations.

  • Subject Matter Experts: Those with deep knowledge in emerging and fast-growing fields such as AI, fintech, and other areas of interest.

It was an awesome opportunity to reconnect, to give back a little, and honestly, I’m personally motivated by meeting with these students.
Shelby Zitelman, Founder, Soom Foods
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