About WEP

About Wharton Entrepreneurship


Part of the Management Department of the Wharton School, Wharton Entrepreneurship is led by Ian C. MacMillan, the The Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Raphael "Raffi" Amit, the Robert B. Goergen Professor of Entrepreneurship

Prof. MacMillan became Director of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center in 1987 while Prof. Amit joined Wharton in 1999 as Academic Director of the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program.

Professors MacMillan and Amit are internationally recognized researchers and consultants in entrepreneurship and strategic management who have studied such topics as corporate venturing, venture capital, e-Business and wealth creation in emerging markets.

In addition to its co-directors, Wharton Entrepreneurship receives ongoing and active support from its Board of Advisors, business leaders from the entrepreneurial and private equity communities.


Wharton Entrepreneurship 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. Today the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program, named in honor of Wharton alumnus and benefactor, Robert Goergen WG62, is one of the largest entrepreneurial teaching programs available, offering more than 20 courses to some 2,000 students and entrepreneurs. The faculty of over 20 professors and practitioners teach courses for undergraduate and graduate students and guide initiatives for entrepreneurs.

The Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, named by its benefactor, Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider in memory of his father, was the first Center dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship. Working around the world to advance understanding of entrepreneurship, Wharton researchers produce studies drawn from analysis in China, South Africa, the US and many other economies. Current research is focused on a range of topics such as large-scale job creation, productivity and international competitiveness.

Entrepreneurial outreach activities are the third component of WEP and include the following: