About Us

This is an exciting time for entrepreneurship at Wharton, and across the University of Pennsylvania…

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Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship is a resource for any Penn student who is interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. We maximize the ability of our students and alumni to address important challenges through entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.

Ignited by great ideas, faculty, students, and alumni turn innovative concepts into scalable and sustainable businesses, and bring entrepreneurial development to existing companies eager for change. In a world hungry for productive innovation, our disciplined approach challenges concepts, focuses ideas, and provides the know-how to turn fledgling businesses into strong, enduring organizations.

By the Numbers

Leadership

Karl Ulrich 200

Karl T. Ulrich is Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce at the Wharton School. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development. He has won numerous teaching awards and is also a serial entrepreneur.

Clare Leinweber 200

Clare Leinweber is Managing Director of Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship. She works with the senior leadership team to set the strategic priorities of the organization, oversees student and alumni Entrepreneurship programs in Philadelphia and San Francisco, works closely with alumni board members and donors, and collaborates with entrepreneurship organizations across the University of Pennsylvania. Clare also oversees the Wharton Small Business Development Center.

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Brandon Lodriguss is the Executive Director for Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship, and is primarily responsible for the operation of Wharton’s San Francisco campus.  He is a part of the senior leadership team for PWE, and also manages several large strategic initiatives for the school in Philadelphia.  He has worked at The Wharton School for over a decade in various roles, including IT Director for Academic and Research Support and a Senior Project Director in Wharton’s Innovation Group.

History

Like so much else at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship has a proud history.

The Wharton School was the first to develop a fully integrated curriculum of entrepreneurial studies, in 1973. The Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center was the first Center dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship.

Looking Ahead

Today, Wharton boasts one of the largest entrepreneurial teaching programs, the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program, offering more than 30 courses across seven disciplines to thousands of students and entrepreneurs each year. New active learning environments bring entrepreneurship to life in the classroom. Our faculty and students study entrepreneurship around the world.

And always, our students and alumni create new companies, build new products, join startups, and work to solve society’s most pressing needs through entrepreneurship.