VIP SAN FRANCISCO

Looking to start a business in the Bay Area? Our San Francisco accelerator for students and alumni provides all the resources of the Penn/Wharton community on the West Coast.

Wharton’s Bay Area Accelerator

For some startups, San Francisco is the only place to be — and that’s why Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship created a Venture Initiation Program specifically for students and recent alumni in the Bay Area.

VIP-SF is an accelerator open to Penn students and alumni entrepreneurs who are developing their own ventures. This four-month program runs twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. The team must be based in the San Francisco/Bay Area during their time in VIP-SF.

The Fall 2020 Application cycle is now CLOSED, please refer back to this page for updates on the Spring 2021 Application cycle

What You Can Do With VIP-SF

  • Work with a mentor who will help you realize your full potential.
  • Access co-working space at Wharton San Francisco.
  • Receive expert advice on how to navigate your startup’s unique challenges and opportunities with one-on-one advising.
  • Gain actionable insights from cutting-edge Wharton research and experts who have scaled successfully through workshops and group advising.
  • Connect with a network of entrepreneurial alumni who will inspire and motivate you.
  • Get feedback during biweekly group advising sessions with advisors, including VCs, angel investors, attorneys, and successful entrepreneurs.
  • Apply for awards, seed funding and the opportunity to apply for funding through Wharton Alumni Angels of Silicon Valley.
What can VIP-SF do for you?

What We’re Looking For

The application process for VIP-SF is highly competitive. To ensure you’re ready, we highly recommend that applicants have already taken academic coursework such as MGMT 231/MGMT 806: Venture Implementation or the Wharton Entrepreneurship Specialization on Coursera. Here’s what we want to see on an application:

  • Knowledge of business fundamentals
  • Validated product-market fit
  • Measurable traction (i.e. revenue)
  • Necessary expertise on the team

VIP-SF FALL 2020 COHORT

Peter Eberle (WG’13), Brian Friel, Dan Hoover, Dan Serfaty, John Akapo

A digital currency fund manager that has built a platform to manage investment funds.

Hamid Hajian (WG’18), Ramtin Kermani

A data analytics SaaS platform for real estate development firms and general contractors to run project feasibility analysis for a fraction of the cost.

Ying “Shirley” Pan (C’14), Xiaotian Ma

An FDA-registered life science company focused on developing high fidelity sample preservation technologies for research, diagnostic and therapeutic applications

Tobi Bosede (C ’11)

A technology company that gleans insight around provider quality, services offered, and price from a complex deluge of unstructured health data
using artificial intelligence (AI).

VIP-SF 2013 COHORTS

SPRING 

  • Bedi Parry (WG’12) – SocialGlimpz
  • Vijay Ramani (WG’13) – SocialMoola

VIP-SF 2015 COHORTS

SPRING 

  • Angela Chen (WG’14) – Capalio
  • Brad Graw (WG’15) & Peter Schilling – Joint Effort Corporation
  • Anna Lai (WG’14) & Becky Yip – Litmus Scientific
  • Manisha Belsare (WG’16) & Shreyas Desai (WG’16) – MYKTUP
  • Sally Huang (WG’15) & Aaron Yip – Roominate
  • Jeni Incontro (WG’16) – Stage Stream
  • Jon Jones (WG’16)- Vendri

SUMMER

  • Pav Dharwakar (WG’15) & Rel Lavizzo-Mourey (WG’15) – Silver Lining
  • Gunjan Garg & Manisha Gupta (WG’16) – Heartyy.com
  • Rishi Reddy (WG’16) – Navigation Health

FALL

  • Aravind Aluri (WG’16), Jory Lamb (WG’16) & Jeremy Martin (WG’16) – JAMM 3D
  • Min Yue (WG’16) – Kids Connect (Kiko)
  • Mary Patton Davis (WG’16) & Jenna Gebel (WG’16) – LeadUp
  • Kristof Schum (WG’16) & Domonkos Szabo – Nash
  • Brian Overland (WG’15) – Prolegis
  • Johnie Lee (WG’17)  & Pramod Adiddam – SmartFi
  • Rithesh Punyamurthula (WG’16) & Stephen Tahta (WG’16) – Synergys
  • Michael (Chi) Chen (WG’16) & Josh Zhou (WG’16) – TrueCare

VIP-SF 2016 COHORTS

SUMMER

  • Miranda Wang (C’16) – BioCellection, Inc.
  • Andrew Pietra (WG’17) – Qorum, Inc.

FALL

  • Alonzo Ellis (WG’17), James Green (WG’17) & Anderson Lunsford (WG’17) – Breach Response
  • Ronald AngSly (WG’17) – InnaMed
  • Edward Jiang (WG’17) & Gandis Mazeika (WG’17) – Spotful
  • Justin Cleveland & Evan Drake (WG’17) – Stayz

VIP-SF 2017 COHORTS

FALL

  • Igino Cafiero (WG’17) & Aubrey Donnellan – Bear Flag Robotics
  • Cory Bray (W’06) & Hilmon Sorey – ClozeLoop
  • David Jacoby (W’01) & Margot Schmorak – Hostfully
  • Daniel Judd (ENG’14, W’14) & Renee Migdal (WG’83) – Kinima.fit
  • Joanne Jiang (WG’13) – LadyMarry
  • Philip Cortes (WG’11) – Novi Bank
  • Tony Campos (WG’16) – Pivot Health Company
  • Fahad Jalal (WG’12) – SitterFriends

VIP-SF 2018 COHORTS

SPRING 

  • Ridhima Parvathaneni (ENG’13, W’13) – Boon VR
  • Harman Narula (WG’15) & SJ Sawhney – Canary Technologies
  • Michael Jue (ENG’03) & Nicholas Ng (ENG’03, GEN’04) – docCheer
  • Ted Chen (W’87, L’91) & Mike Demele – LifeSaver

FALL

  • Roman Pedan (ENG’10, W’10) – Kasa Living
  • Bianca Gonzalez (NU’08, WG’19), Flora Chang (WG’19) & Janak Agarwal (WG’19) – TaskUnite
  • Daniel Doyon (W’06) – Workplace Hospitality Management (WHM)
  • Marina Ibarra (WG’12) – Wolox
  • Alice Zhang (WG’08) – Zoba Life

VIP-SF 2019 COHORTS

SPRING 

  • Phong Ngo (WG’20) – Eclipse
  • Mike Lunati (WG’13), Marc Suter, Ramin Ghelichi, Demtrios Kellari – Gridline.ai
  • John McDowell (WG’11)  – Inscribe Labs
  • Lyn Oswlad (W’80), Jack Oswald, John Selling – ISO Thrive
  • Kristen Dumbeck (WG’20) – Love, Sylvie
  • Tomide Awe (WG’17) – Olori

FALL

  • Thomas Foley (WG’20), Fred Canney (WG’20) – iREITs
  • Sam Ribnick (C’11) – Luminal
  • Mike Yang (WG’04); Michael Strohecker (WG’04); Steven Lee (ENG’14); Michael Hodge – LuxCreo
  • Alex Shevelenko (C’97, W’97) – Relayto

VIP-SF 2020 COHORTS

SPRING 

 

  • Artem Milinchuk (WG’12)- FarmTogether
  • John Wong (WG’20, WEMBA) – Fluid Biotech
  • Julia Huang (WG’11) & Simran Karla – Haldi
  • Wayne Pan (WG’07) & Waleed Mohsen – MyNurse.ai
  • Miriam Williams (WG’15) & Tara Henning – Superkin

MEDIA MENTIONS

BEAR FLAG ROBOTICS NOMINATED FOR AGRIFOOD TECH INNOVATION AWARD

Bear Flag Robotics, a 2017 VIP-SF alum, was recently nominated as one of the “Most Innovative US Startup Pre-Series A” companies. Each year, startups are selected by a committee of notable players in agrifood tech venture capital. A total of 12 teams are selected across 12 categories and winners have gone on to raise over $420M in capital.

READ MORE HERE.

Elaine Kunda’s Disruption Ventures makes Hostfully its first woman-led deal

Canadian women-focused venture firmDisruption Ventures cut its first cheque, backing a startup that serves the fast-emerging vacation-rentals sector. Disruption invested in the US$1 million seed round of Hostfully, a San Francisco software provider that helps rental-property managers streamline operations and engage with guests

READ MORE HERE.

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