Wharton Venture Award
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Funding provided in part by the generosity of The Heller Family Foundation
Available to Wharton Undergraduate Juniors and First-Year MBA Students.
The Wharton Venture Award (WVA) of $10,000 is intended to assist students financially over the summer in lieu of full-time internships so that they can concentrate on developing their entrepreneurial ventures. Winners are required to work on their ventures full-time over the summer. Wharton undergraduate juniors and first-year MBA students who are developing a venture are welcome to apply.
2013 Wharton Venture Award Winners
Lane Rettig (WG'14/G'14)
AlumVest is an equity and rewards-based crowdfunding platform that connects entrepreneurs affiliated with top universities with alumni and peer backers and investors.
Evan Rosenbaum (W'14)
EKR turns books into living communities.
Frank Brodie (WG'14/MD'14)
Maculens Vision Technology is a patent pending polymer filter that dramatically reduces glare and discomfort from bright spots at nighttime.
Betty Hsu (WG'14)
ProfessorWord offers an easier and more effective way to teach and learn vocabulary.
Zach Simkin (C'06; WG'14)
Tink is leveraging 3D printing to disrupt the distribution and supply of industrial spare parts (B2B) by cataloging and developing a database of spare parts CAD files.
2012 Wharton Venture Award Winners
Samir Malik (WG’13)
A marketplace connecting hospitals with underserved care facilities. We bring the doctor’s office online.
Rajiv Mahale (WG’13) (In a WVA first, one student entrepreneur applied and made the finals with two different ventures. He has been offered one award to allocate across both ventures.)
accessMD.com and Catalogue.com
accessMD.com: Offers patients and physicians across the globe a certified second opinion from one of the nation’s top 20 specialty hospitals.
: Online marketplace for professionally curated interior design inspiration.
Steve Lau (WG’13) and Jon Dussel (WG’13)
An intuitive online application focused on enabling simple social organization and sharing of everything on the Internet.
Deepa Gandhi (WG’13)
Dagne Dover (formerly Gold & Twine)
Monogrammed, luxury, and quality handbags and accessories at mid-market price points.
Su Que “Kristy” Leong (WG’13)
Grand Round Table
Empowers medical practitioners to connect seamlessly with the expertise, experiences, and shared resources of their own medical communities on one simple-to-use platform.
2011 Wharton Venture Award Winners
Steven Dong (W'12) & Corey Lerch (W'12/E'12)
Weight-lifting you can wear.
Dan Getelman (W'12/E'12)
Lore (formerly) Coursekit
Lore is the place to go online for your classes.
Mike Kijewski (WG'12)
GrayCAD is a software application that helps hospitals assess their radiation safety compliance during capital equipment upgrades.
Nimit Maru (WG'12) & Roberto Sanchez Garvin (WG'12)
Mooblue is a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange.
2010 Wharton Venture Award Winners
Lee Bienstock (WG'11) – Wharton Venture Award
Disposable flip-flops for public showers.
Cherif Habib (WG'11) – Wharton Venture Award
Marketing platform to connect brands with lucrative US college student market.
Sarah Russell (WG'11) – Heller Family Foundation Venture Award
Rx-Text creates text message-based applications to improve communication between providers and patients.
Tom Silva (WG'11) – Wharton Venture Award
Charlie Mike Technical Institute
Charlie Mike Technical Institute (CMTI) will be a post-secondary vocational school, specializing in select curricula designed to prepare US veterans for post military careers in the skilled trades.
Davis Smith (WG'11/G'11) – Heller Family Foundation Venture Award
One-stop online shopping for everything you need for baby in Brazil.
Past Wharton Venture Award winners
Patrick Curtis (WG'10)
Identification, building, and planning of online social communities.
Rob Goldstein (W'10)
ChronoWake is a product that utilizes advanced physiological signal analysis and processing in order to wake its users at an ideal time within preference metrics.
Michael Melby (WG'10)
PayDivvy is a social payments platform that allows friends to manage and share any type of expense in real-time.
Jeffrey Raider (WG'10)
Heller Family Foundation Venture Award
Warby Parker (formerly, ONE|VISION)
Transformational designer, marketer, and retailer of fashionable eyewear sold online at one fifth the price of traditional glasses.
Noah Ready-Campbell (W'10)
Heller Family Foundation Venture Award
Won an award with SearchEkko
SearchEkko is a widget for blogs and news websites that helps visitors discover content that is relevant to them, and hence drives page views and revenues for the installed sites.
Now working on Twice
Buy and sell lightly used clothing.
Jonathan Cooper (WG'09)
Won an award with MedVolution
MedVolution is a web-based, medical decision support software tool based on Bayesian networks for use in the primary care clinical setting.
Now working on LifeVest
LifeVest is like a stock tied to your health. The healthier you get,
the more valuable your stock.
Daniel Harbuck (W'09)
Divisible crew rowing boats for year-round, in the pool training.
Sameer Nigam (WG'09)
Manoramic.com (formerly,MeriMarzee.com / E-Shopping Marketplace for India)
Disruptive online shopping marketplace for Indian markets (an Indo-US company). A Mallers, Inc. company.
Jack Abraham (W'08)
Browse, compare and research products available now at local stores.
Adam Erlebacher (WG'08) & Greg Neichin (WG'08) – joint award
PlaceVine is an online marketplace for alternative advertisements.
Vikram Joshi (WG'08)
Red Ladder Media
Health and wellness content provider for the young, urban Chinese market that uses web and mobile information delivery channels.
Masha Merchant (WG'08)
Angiologix Inc., a medical diagnostic device company, is dedicated to human cardiovascular health.
Blake Sonnek-Schmelz (WG'08)
All-natural, enhanced fruit juice company.
Nat Turner (W'08)
Ad-creation tools that allow local businesses to build and place video ads online.