Entrepreneurship Blog

How Penn Inspired Us To Build An AI Startup

By Krish Ramineni C’15, Cofounder of Fireflies.ai

At Fireflies.ai, our North Star is that people are the cornerstone for success and happiness in our lives. We are building an AI assistant that helps you stay on top of all your conversations and reconnect with the right people at the right time. As you interact across different communication channels (Facebook, Slack, Texting, Email), Fireflies.ai generates follow up tasks and action items by leveraging Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.

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Fireflies.ai

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AsylumConnect: Lose a Prize, Win a Startup

By Katie Sgarro C’15, Co-founder of AsylumConnect

Penn’s President’s Engagement Prize changed the course of my life. And I didn’t even win.

In the summer of 2014, going into my senior year at Penn, President Amy Gutmann announced Penn’s inaugural President’s Engagement Prizes competition. In the midst of a hectic summer in New York City, fellow rising Penn senior, Sayid Abdullaev C’15, approached me with an idea for the competition that would ultimately evolve into AsylumConnect. The idea was to create the first online, centralized resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. It was ambitious, worthwhile, and novel—I was hooked.

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You Can’t Be Afraid To Break Things

By Amy Wang W’19

Amy Wang received a Startup Internship Award this summer to intern at former VIP company LocalAventura, founded by Andrea Vidler WG’15, Eugena Brown WG’15, and Cait Breslin C’15. Read a blog post about LocalAventura here.

In finding options for summer internships, all I knew was that I wanted to experience a little bit of everything, thereby hopefully learning more about what I wanted to do. As a rising sophomore, it was expectedly difficult to find companies who would even talk to me, let alone hire me.

Amy Wang on a work trip to the Andes
Amy Wang skiing during a work trip to the Andes.

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The Context of Cameroon: Interning at Kmerpad

By Gina Alm C’18

Gina Alm received a Startup Internship Award this summer to intern at startup Kmerpad.

Kmerpad is a small startup based in Yaoundé, Cameroon with a progressive social agenda and an innovative business model; they employ local women to sew washable menstrual pads, sell them and use the revenue to provide reproductive health education to vulnerable communities throughout the country. I worked for Kmerpad this summer as a Strategy Intern.

Gina Alm and fellow intern Michelle White at work.
Gina Alm and fellow intern Michelle White W’17 at work.

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A Tech Company In Canada

By Leah Davidson W’16

I graduated from Wharton undergrad in May 2016 with concentrations in Management and Global Innovation. For the past eight months, I have worked as Chief Operating Officer of AccessNow, a web and mobile platform that crowdsources accessibility information for people with impaired mobility on an interactive map.

And I’ve done it in Canada.

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Leah Davidson with Maayan Ziv, Founder of AccessNow, at Venture Preview Night in Google’s Toronto office

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They Put The “We” In WeTrain

By Mary Whiting W’19

Mary Whiting received a Startup Internship Award this summer to intern at #WhartonGrad-founded startup WeTrain.

My experience at WeTrain has been energizing! I started my journey with WeTrain in January of 2016 and have loved seeing the company grow and succeed ever since. WeTrain was co-founded by Jonathan Sockol, who graduated from Wharton with an MBA this spring. This summer I was fortunate to be one of their full-time interns, working on a variety of projects and learning how to expand a small business into a successful enterprise.

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5 Ways the Next US President Can Stimulate Growth and Equality

By Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School

I recently argued that even if the Trump slump continues, we should take Trump-ism very seriously. With 80% of Americans having suffered declining incomes since 2005, there is a deep structural foundation to Donald Trump’s electoral appeal. Let’s call it “stop the world, I want to get off.”

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A By Women, For Women Internship

By Evangeline Giannopoulos C’18

Evangeline Giannopoulos received a Startup Internship Award this summer to intern at startup Negative Underwear.

This past summer, I was a Customer Insights Intern at Negative Underwear (Negative).

I quite fortuitously discovered Negative. During the school year, I was a campus ambassador for another start-up called LOLA, similarly a company founded by women, for women. I loved my experience working with LOLA. Largely due to the fact that it is a start-up, I felt how the LOLA founders and employees are extremely passionate about their work, an aura which was great to work within. Since at the time LOLA had only launched a few months previously, I really enjoyed the ownership over our work and influence that we ambassadors had on the company. Finally, I appreciated the ability to work extremely closely with and get to know employees from all levels of the company, including the co-founders.

The three summer interns (Grace - left, Evangeline (me) - middle, Rachel - right) in the office
The three summer interns (Grace – left, Evangeline (me) – middle, Rachel – right) in the office

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