When you’re looking to start a business, there’s a lot to do but you don’t know where to start. Below are all the resources we’ve compiled in the hopes that it gives you at least a good place to start.  We’re also looking for you to help us build out this database and help one another out.  Feel free to use the comments section below to share the contacts you have, resources you’ve heard of, etc. For example, do you know of good web site designers? Graphic artists?

Blogs & Online Sites, Good Starting Points
Funding
Marketing Your Business
  • A good place to start: hubspot.com has free resources & useful webinars
  • Need a Logo? Try LogoPond for ideas
  • Seomoz.org – search engine optimization (SEO) help
  • Google Tools: website
Other useful sites
Wharton Resources

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs (WEP)
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs (WEP) is widely considered one the most influential Centers of entrepreneurship in the world. The Wharton School was the first to develop a fully integrated curriculum of entrepreneurial studies in 1973.

Wharton Entrepreneur in Residence Program (EIR)
Come participate in the Entrepreneur in Residence program, where you can interact one-on-one with a successful entrepreneur about strategies for your venture.  Past EIRs include Michelle Peluso (W’93), Travelocity; Pete Nicholas (WG’68), Boston Scientific; and Jeff Fluhr (W’96), StubHub. The 2009 Robert Haft Entrepreneur in Residence Fall Series will be listed at http://www.wep.wharton.upenn.edu/eir/.  Online sign-up opens two weeks prior to an entrepreneur’s visit and slots fill up very quickly.

Venture Initiation Program
VIP is an educational program managed by Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs which assists University of Pennsylvania students as they guide their business concept from idea to implementation.

Mentoring

Students participating in the WBPC or VIP, as well as students developing ventures in entrepreneurial management courses, will be matched, upon request, with experienced professionals as mentors.

Wharton Ventures
Wharton Ventures is a VC fund operated out of Wharton.  It does its own research projects, performs due diligence for potential deals and makes investments.  Our expertise spans consumer and enterprise internet services, digital media, software, health care, medical devices, cleantech and energy.  Wharton Ventures is currently looking for new deals.

Broader Penn Community

Weiss Tech House
The Weiss Tech House is a student-run hub of technological innovation at the University of Pennsylvania that encourages and supports students in the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies.

Center for Technology Transfer
The mission of University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer (“CTT”) is to transfer inventions and innovative knowledge to outside organizations for the benefit of society. CTT encourages invention disclosure; protects Penn’s intellectual property; obtains and manages patents, copyrights and trademarks derived from Penn’s academic research; and markets and licenses Penn’s intellectual property to established companies as well as new business ventures for product development and commercialization.  CTT serves as a bridge between Penn faculty and researchers and the business community. Through technology transfer, innovations may be incorporated into products and services that directly benefit society, as well as research and education at Penn.

Engineering Entrepreneurship Academic Program
Penn is at the forefront of the country’s leading engineering schools with the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Designed specifically for engineers and scientists having a passion for technological innovation, these popular courses focus on the roles of inventors and founders in successful high-tech ventures. By providing knowledge and skills important to the creation and leadership of such startups, Penn’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Program aims to train the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech companies.