VIP SAN FRANCISCO

VIP SAN FRANCISCO

 The Penn Wharton San Francisco accelerator provides resources for alumni and student entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wharton’s Bay Area Accelerator

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

VIP-SF 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 VIP-SF.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE VIP-SF SPRING 2022 CYCLE ARE NOW OPEN

DEADLINE EXTENDED: APPLICATIONS DUE ONLINE BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 BEFORE 11:59 PM PT

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, the Wharton Entrepreneurship Specialization on Coursera, or have the requisite hands-on entrepreneurial experience. Here’s what we look for in an application:

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

What You Will Gain from VIP-SF

  • Be part of a community of entrepreneurs and advisors who will optimize your startup’s potential.
  • Receive expert advice on how to navigate your startup’s unique challenges and opportunities with one-on-one advising.
  • Connect with a network of alumni entrepreneurs who will inspire and motivate you.
  • Get feedback during biweekly group advising sessions with advisors, including VCs, angel investors, attorneys, experts, and successful entrepreneurs.
  • Access co-working space at Wharton San Francisco.
What can VIP-SF do for you?

VIP-SF Alumni Testimonials

VIP-SF Testimonials

VIP-SF fills a critical gap in startup education that sits between case studies in the classroom and pounding the pavement as a startup founder. The needs and questions in a startup change so frequently and good advice is hard to find, because it needs to be relevant to stage and industry. Taking well meaning advice from a Series B mentor/investor when you're a Seed stage company can kill a business. VIP-SF gave Hostfully a supportive community where we could ask questions of faculty, advisors, and peers who understand the unique challenges of starting a company from the ground up.

CEO and Co-Founder | Hostfully

VIP helped LuxCreo to: Better structure our organization for alignment and performance, streamline our go-to market strategy, and focus our mission (3D "Production").
The value of VIP extends far beyond the program. Besides ongoing interactions, referrals and promotions through the Wharton alumni network have been invaluable.
Highly recommend the program!

Chief Operating Officer | LuxCreo Inc.

We sold the company to Accenture early this year. It would not have happened without the training and skills we gained at the VIP Program.

When I joined the VIP-SF experience, I was not ready to be a founder. After working in consulting pre-Wharton, I did not know what entrepreneurship truly meant. With guidance from VIP and tapping into its resources, I grew and grew. After a pivot, I finally settled into my role as COO of a company that grew to $13M in revenue in 2020. I became more confident in myself.

Chief Operating Officer | Maclean Health

VIP-SF FALL 2021 COHORT

Han Choi WG’21; Irfan Usman

KYTE is unlocking the metro drone delivery market via a high-precision, low-noise drone delivery solution.

Alex McCauley, CAS’04

Brightfox is a software-powered educational tutoring company, offering both in-person and online services.

JB Duler WG’94; Matthieu Jabbour

Kiv Broker develops turnkey SaaS solutions for the insurance industry.

Gina Shi, W’19

Munchrooms is dedicated to making healthier snacking more achievable and sustainable with our meat-alternative jerky.

Vishal Goenka WG’14

2Sigma School is democratizing access to accredited classes in advanced computer science to open up career and higher-ed opportunities for high school students in high-tech fields.

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

FALL

  • Peter Eberle (WG’13), Brian Friel, Dan Hoover, Dan Serfaty, John Akapo – Castle Analytics
  • Ying “Shirley” Pan (C’14), Xiaotian Ma – Fibulas
  • Tobi Bosede (C ’11) – Ilekun Health
  • Hamid Hajian (WG’18), Ramtin Kermani – Zebel

VIP-SF 2021 COHORTS

SPRING 

    • Josh Mackanic, WG’18; Brandon Cohen, WG’18 – Agora
    • Carlton Osborne, C’92; Holly Ganz – AnimalBiome
    • Joseph Wirija, WG’22; Hemant Jain, WG’22 – CarBevy
    • Todd Stein, WG’93 – gestoos

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