Exit Interview: Miranda Wang C’16, Founder of BioCellection

Penn undergrad Miranda Wang made Business Plan Competition history as not just the first undergraduate team to win the Perlman Grand Prize, but also the first team to take home a total of five prizes–as the winner, Miranda and her co-founder, Jeanny Yao, were invited to ring the NASDAQ closing bell on Friday, July 1. All told, Miranda won over $90,000 in various prizes and grants from across Penn. Before she graduated in May, we asked her a few questions about what it was like being a student entrepreneur. Here’s what she said:

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Exit Interview: Aaron Goldstein W’16, Co-founder of Fever Smart

During his time at Wharton, Aaron Goldstein received the President’s Innovation Prize, a Wharton Venture Award, a Wharton Innovation Fund award, a Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund award and a Snider Seed Award, Fever Smart won Second Prize in the 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition, and he was a member of the Venture Initiation Program. Before he graduated last month, we asked him a few questions about what it was like being a student entrepreneur. Here’s what he said:

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The Last Piece of the Puzzle

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

Richard Perlman W’68 met the founders of RightCare Solutions, Eric Heil ENG’05/WG’12, Matt TanzerW’02/WG’05, and Mrinal Bhasker WG’12, at the 2012 Venture Finals of the Wharton Business Plan Competition. RightCare Solutions had just won the Grand Prize, and at the awards event, he introduced himself to the team. While giving Eric his business card, Richard told him, “The ball is in your court, please call me.”

Unsurprisingly, he heard from Eric within less than a day.

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Pitching to Wharton San Francisco

By Miranda Wang C’16, founder of BioCellection

Editor’s note: Before she was the first undergraduate to win the Business Plan Competition (with a record breaking five prizes!), Miranda Wang attended Spring Pitch at Wharton San Francisco. 

At first, I didn’t even know that Wharton had a campus in San Francisco.

Then when I did learn about Wharton San Francisco, it sounded too fancy for someone like me: a mere undergrad, always running around trying to get small grants here and there to bootstrap a startup. Rumor had it that the lecture halls looked like Huntsman classrooms except “much nicer”—but I didn’t actually know anyone who had been inside.

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Miranda Wang C’16 at Spring Pitch

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BioCellection Wins 5 Wharton Business Plan Competition Awards–Including Perlman Grand Prize!

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

BioCellection won the $30,000 Perlman Grand Prize of the 2016 Wharton Business Plan Competition—as well as the Wharton Social Impact Prize, the Gloeckner Undergraduate Award, the Michelson People’s Choice Award, and the Committee Award for Most ‘Wow Factor,’ making them the first team in BPC history to win five awards. Founded by University of Pennsylvania undergraduates Miranda Wang, Alexander Simafranca, and Eric Friedman, and their teammates Jeanny Yao and Daniel Chapman, BioCellection is the first undergraduate team to win the Grand Prize. The prizes were awarded at the Wharton School’s annual Venture Finals on April 28, 2016, where student finalists received more than $125,000 in combined cash prizes and in-kind legal/accounting services.

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2016 Wharton Business Plan Competition Grand Prize winners Jeanny Yao, Miranda Wang C’16, and Alexander Simafranca C’18, founders of BioCellection.

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