Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Startup Showcase

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jon M. Huntsman Hall


Can’t make it to campus? You can live stream the Startup Challenge Finalist Pitches 1:45 – 4:00 pm, watch their elevator pitches at 4:00 pm on Facebook Live, and vote remotely for the Michelson People’s Choice winner!


1:00 – 4:00 pm | Forum & 2nd Floor Cafe

  • Talk with student entrepreneurs demoing their startups
  • Network with entrepreneurial alumni
  • Give an elevator pitch to an investor–in an elevator
  • Show your Penn pride with branded photobooth photos
  • Learn about entrepreneurial resources across Penn


Startup Challenge Finalist Pitches

1:45 – 4:00 pm | G06

The morning of the Startup Showcase, the 2017 Semifinalists will pitch live to alumni entrepreneurs.

At 1:15 pm, the eight finalists will be announced.

Watch these finalists pitch to a live audience and a panel of judges!

Breakout Sessions

Room G60

Incubators & Accelerators Panel
1:15 – 2:00 pm
Learn how incubators and accelerators drive innovation and can support entrepreneurs after graduation.
Moderator: Valentina Goutorova, Venture Initiation Program (VIP)
Panelists: Catherine Griffin, Good Company Ventures;
Bobbi Kurshan, EDSi; Rhyan Truett, Sixers Innovation Lab

Scale School Workshop
2:15 – 3:00 pm
The Wharton Scale School workshop series is your guide as you move beyond initial product-market fit to the creation of a large enterprise of tremendous value. Wharton Prof Tyler Wry will lead this session.

PCI & Partners
3:15 – 4:00 pm
PCI’s goal is to work in partnership to advance exciting scientific breakthroughs and technological advances that have commercial potential towards new products, services and/or businesses that provide benefits back to Penn, its inventors and society. This session will be moderated by Laurie Actman, Chief Marketing, Communications, and Programs Officer, Penn Center for Innovation.

Startup Challenge Finalist Elevator Pitches

4:00 – 5:00 pm | Forum

Startup Challenge Awards Ceremony

5:00 – 5:30 pm | Forum