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9 Best & Most Active Philadelphia University Startup Programs

University Startup Programs play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top Philadelphia University Startup Programs. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top Philadelphia University Startup Programs

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Dorm Room Fund

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Investor Type: Micro VC, University Program

Investment Stage: Seed

Dorm Room Fund is the strongest community of entrepreneurial students in the nation


University of Pennsylvania

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

The University of Pennsylvania is an American private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is a business school driven to create economic and social value.


Science Center

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

The University City Science Center accelerates technology commercialization, regional economic development, and the market availability of


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a school in Philadelphia.


Penn Wharton VIP

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Investor Type: Accelerator, Co-Working Space, Incubator, University Program

Investment Stage:

University of Pennsylvania’s community of 150+ companies in three programs: VIP-C (incubator), VIP-X (accelerator), and VIP-SF (for alums).


Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures (MADV) assists early-stage tech & innovation-based companies acquire funding and build sustainable businesses.


The M&T Innovation Fund

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Grant, Seed

Seed-stage cash grants and venture development for University of Pennsylvania startups.


Baiada Institute

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Investor Type: Incubator, University Program

Investment Stage: Non Equity Assistance

Drexel University’s startup incubator providing startup community space, content, coaching and competitions to students and alumni.

Written by Mark Kendall

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