Innovation is intrinsic to Penn—part of the school’s legacy and roots since its founding by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. And much like Franklin’s belief that “well-done is better than well-said,” the culture at Penn is one of taking action and experimenting in pursuit of impact.
As a LaunchX student, you’ll join the entrepreneurs at the Pennovation Center—Penn’s business incubator and laboratory that aligns and integrates researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs for the commercialization of research discoveries. Creating an atmosphere for collaboration, creativity, and productivity across disciplines, the Pennovation Center brings people together to foster interaction and the exchange of ideas.
Living on-campus at the university, your LaunchX courses will be taught by expert instructors as you receive specialized mentorship from the movers and shakers of Philadelphia’s rapidly growing startup scene.
Vanessa is an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Speaker, and Educator. She is a leading thinker in innovation and entrepreneurship where she thrives at the interface of technology and business. Her specialty is translating technology/product assets to meet unmet needs for B2B, B2C and DTC companies.
Michael is responsible for managing PCI Ventures, including transitioning technologies into start-up companies. Prior to UPenn, he was an investor, worked in private equity, and began his career in manufacturing operations.
Jenna specializes in product design, strategy, and usability. Her work includes consulting with companies to strategically innovate and optimize their product and service offering.