Phil Weilerstein

Chief Executive


Since 1996, Phil Weilerstein has been the chief executive of VentureWell, a US- based non-profit formed to stimulate and support the incorporation of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. From the beginning, Phil’s focus for VentureWell has been to help bring high impact applications of STEM inventions to market.  He’s accomplished this goal by designing and overseeing programs that encourage curricular innovation and student venture creation, provide resources for faculty and student entrepreneurs to bring ideas to market, and by developing community through conferences and workshops for innovators and entrepreneurs in research and education.   

Phil is a Founder and Past Chair of the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division, and a recipient of the 2008 Price Foundation Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award, the 2014 Engineering Entrepreneurship Pioneers Award from ASEE, and the 2016 Deshpande Symposium Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.