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Wharton Venture Initiation Program


Wharton Venture Initiation Program is an educational incubator program managed by Wharton Entrepreneurship that assists University of Pennsylvania students as they build businesses. VIP students become part of an entrepreneurial community that provides office space, educational programming, professional advising, seed funding awards and a support system of fellow VIP members. The VIP program operates under three divisions of VIP-Community, VIP-Xcelerate and VIP-San Francisco. VIP-Community provides advisory services, co-working spaces and workshops on entrepreneurship basics to the companies. VIP-Xcelerate is an intense 4-month accelerator program on the Pennsylvania campus. VIP-San Francisco brings the resources of the Pennsylvania community to the West Coast with an intensive accelerator which runs twice a year, in spring and fall.

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Primary Office
  • 3733 Spruce Street
  • Vance Hall, 4th floor
  • Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • United States

Wharton Venture Initiation Program Investments (239)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Avior Analytics 01-Jun-2019 Grant 000 Other Software Startup
00000000 000000000 01-Jun-2019 000000000000 000 Monitoring Equipment Generating Revenue
000000000 000000 01-Jun-2019 000000000000 000 Telecommunications Service Providers Startup
0000000 000 00000 01-Jun-2019 000000000000 000 Food Products Startup
000000 0000 0000 01-Jan-2019 000000000000 Pharmaceuticals Generating Revenue
00000 0000000 0000 01-Jan-2019 000000000000 Clinics/Outpatient Services Generating Revenue
0000 01-Jan-2019 000000000000 Application Software Generating Revenue
000000000 11-Oct-2018 000000000000 Educational Software Generating Revenue
Nananke 11-Oct-2018 Accelerator/Incubator Educational and Training Services (B2C) Generating Revenue
Openbook Lab 02-Apr-2018 Accelerator/Incubator Entertainment Software Generating Revenue
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Wharton Venture Initiation Program Exits (70)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Custora 05-Nov-2019 Merger/Acquisition Completed
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000000000 01-May-2019 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
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000000 0000000 02-Apr-2019 000000000000000000 Completed
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000000000 0000000 01-Apr-2019 000000000000000000 000.00 Completed
  • 00000 000000000
00 0000 000000'0 0 01-Dec-2018 000 00 00000000 Completed
0000000 00000000 15-Nov-2018 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
  • 000000 00000
000000000 05-Nov-2018 0000000000: 000000 Completed
Coqovins 01-Sep-2018 Out of Business Completed
LetSync 01-Sep-2018 Out of Business Completed
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Wharton Venture Initiation Program Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Valentina Goutorova Senior Associate Director 0 Philadelphia, PA

Wharton Venture Initiation Program Co-Investors (38)

Name With Exits Lead Partner 3 0 0
DreamIt Ventures 0 0
500 Startups 0
MI Ventures 0
NewSchools Venture Fund 0
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