The following are resources on and around Penn's campus that WUEC has compiled for students trying to break into the entrepreneurial ecosystem here. If you would like to see a resource added, please email and we will make it happen.


Funding Options

Wharton Innovation Fund: Seed-stage grants offered through Wharton Entrepreneurship to early-stage Penn-affiliated companies.

M&T Innovation Fund: Seed-stage grants and guidance to to early-stage Penn-affiliated companies; managed by students in the M&T program.

Weiss Innovation FundFund for Penn students pursuing startups offered by Penn students. 

Chestnut Street Ventures: VC fund by Penn alum investing in companies led by Penn alum.

Red + Blue VenturesSeed and early-stage VC fund investing in Penn companies.


Student Clubs

Wharton Undergrad Entrepreneurship Club: Provides a pool of resources for student entrepreneurs to pursue ventures during their undergrad years .

Weiss Tech House: Encourages and supports students in the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies.

Technology Entrepreneurship ClubGoal to foster student collaboration to spread passion for technology and entrepreneurship to the Penn campus.

YouthHack: Non-profit organization helping students learn about startups. 

Wharton e-club: MBA entrepreneurship club



VIP-C: Group advising, co-working space, workshops, and more. Community for Penn startups.

VIP-XIntense 4 month accelerator program offering advising, funding, and advanced resources.

WeissLabs: Student-run startup incubator located at the Weiss Tech House. 

YouthHack Ventures: YouthHack's accelerator providing mentorship, community, and education.



Specific Classes

Coursera Wharton Entrep Specialization: Five online classes created by Wharton teaching basics of entrepreneurship.

Management Courses: MGMT 230 (Entrep), MGMT 231 (Venture Implementation), MGMT 214 (Tech/Innovation Strategy), MGMT 264 (VC and Entrep Managment), MGMT 212 (Social Entrep)

Marketing Courses: MKTG 227 (Marketing & Electronic Commerce), MKTG 243 (Creativity), MKTG 262 (New Product Development)

Operations CoursesOIDD 236 (Scaling Operations in Tech Ventures), OIDD 415 (Product Design), OIDD 314 (Enabling Technologies)

Other Courses LGST 213 (Legal Aspects of Entrep.), FNCE 250 (VC & Finance of Innovation), HCMG 391 (Healthcare Entrep.) REAL 396 (Real Estate Entrep.) 



Startup Showcase: Pitch your startup to a live audience and panel of judges for over $135,000 of funding. 

Startup ChallengePenn student entrepreneurs compete for a spot in the Startup Showcase. 

PennApps: Hackathon at Penn to learn new things, build apps, or start companies.

Penn Design Challenge: 6 week competition that provides students with structured environment to design new solutions to real-world challenges.



Founder’s Club: Community of founders across the University of Pennsylvania who are actively building and testing their startups.

Founder FinderMixers designed to help you meet potential teammates.

Angel Day:  Annual pitching and networking event in San Francisco held by Wharton Alumni Angel Network.

Startup Showcase: Network at showcase of best student ventures across Penn; largest entrepreneurship event at Penn. 


Startup Advice

Start Here MondayMeet with Wharton Entrepreneurship staff to learn about entrepreneurial resources on campus. 

Experts in Residence ProgramAppointments with subject experts to get advice on your startup. 

Entrepreneurship Legal ClinicLegal counsel related to starting and operating a startup by Penn Law. 

Scale SchoolWorkshop by Wharton Entrepreneurship offering solutions to critical challenges faced by rapidly growing companies. 



Startup Internship Award: funding for students who are interning over the summer at a startup.

Summer Venture Award: $10,000 to work on your startup over the summer.

Wharton SBDC: Provides business assistance to small businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Startup Jobs FairHeld by Penn Career Services every Spring semester.  




Dorm Room FundStudent investors provide founders with network, mentors, and $20k in funding. Philly: Grows local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services.

Startup Weekend: Build an amazing startup in Philly, all over the course of one weekend.

Philly Startup Leaders: Largest network of entrepreneurs in Philly, helping build/provide resources for startups.