2012-2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition ‘Great 8’ Finalists Announced!

By Jill Anick, Senior Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

Wharton Entrepreneurship is happy to announce the Great 8 Finalists for the 2012-2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition. Twenty-six semi-finalists self-selected into one of the 3 tracks that they felt best represented their venture: Healthcare, Information Technology or Other (education, e-commerce, etc.).  Each team then was required to submit a full business plan and pitch their venture to a group of judges evaluating their track. After careful deliberation, the judges chose the eight teams they felt were best qualified to move on to the Venture Finals. We can’t thank enough the alumni and friends of Wharton Entrepreneurship who generously volunteered their time to not only read the full business plans, but to also spend a day on campus hearing and judging the teams’ pitches.

The Great 8 will now spend the next few weeks putting the final touches on their business plans and refining their pitches before the Venture Finals on April 24th. We would like to invite everyone to attend the Finals event to support the Finalists as they pitch to our Venture Finals judges, as well to network and vote for the Michelson People’s Choice Award.

You can register for the Venture Finals here. We hope to see you there!

2012-2013 Wharton Business Plan Competition Great 8 Finalists

Stanley Lim, C’13/W’13; Dustin Shung, W’12  
AlphaX is developing a novel, oral small molecule drug for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

David Wynne, WG’14    
AutoAlpha is mint.com for private equity and venture capital investors, driving value creation by aggregating and analyzing varied portfolio data.

Ramji Sundararajan, WG’13        
Kidsworld plans to be the largest online store selling products aimed at moms, babies and toddlers in South-East Asia. It promises the best customer experience, free delivery and the largest selection of globally sourced quality products for moms and kids.

Frank Brodie, MD’14/WG’14; Rob Bressler, WG’14          
Maculens is a novel polymer coating that reduces glare and discomfort from oncoming headlights.

OmniSom Solutions      
Taylor Jamerson C’16     
The Lyra At-Home PSG addresses the unmet public health need of sleep apnea under diagnosis and capitalizes on an emerging market by transforming patients’ homes into remote sleep clinics.

Ari Borthakur, WG’14 (WEMBA East) 
Quantaviz will operate as an imaging Contract Research Organization providing patented MRI technology developed at Penn for use in clinical trials and R&D efforts of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical-device companies.

Top Trender      
Ben Cann, WG’13 (WEMBA East)        
Top Trender allows fashion buyers to test their intuition with accurate, customized, consumer driven forecasts generated through our social gaming platform.

Jean-Mathieu Chabas, WG’13   
Zenkars sells the best-priced used cars with a peaceful buying experience. We get cars directly from corporate sellers and sell them online to consumers.