By Clare Leinweber, Senior Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship
Wharton Entrepreneurship announced this week the five winners of this year’s Wharton Venture Awards. The Wharton Venture Award had its inaugural year in 2007, and has been funded by generous donors who sought to provide financial grants to Wharton first-year MBAs and undergraduate juniors so they could pursue their own ventures full time over the summer in lieu of traditional summer internships. Since 2007, the majority of Wharton Venture Award winners have continued to pursue their original startups or have continued on an entrepreneurial career path in other ways. Notable prior winners include Nat Turner (Wharton MBA 2008), founder of Invite Media (acquired by Google), Jack Abraham (alumus), founder of Milo (acquired by eBay), Jeff Raider (Wharton MBA 2010), co-founder of Warby Parker, and Davis Smith (Wharton MBA 2011, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 2011) co-founder of Baby.com.br.
2013 Wharton Venture Award Winners
Lane Rettig (Wharton MBA 2014, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 2014)
AlumVest is an equity and rewards-based crowd-funding platform that connects entrepreneurs affiliated with top universities with alumni and peer backers and investors.
Evan Rosenbaum (Wharton 2014)
EKR turns books into living communities.
Frank Brodie (Wharton MBA 2014, Perelman School of Medicine 2014)
Maculens Vision Technology is a patent pending polymer filter that dramatically reduces glare and discomfort from bright spots at nighttime.
Betty Hsu (Wharton MBA 2014)
ProfessorWord offers an easier and more effective way to teach and learn vocabulary.
Zach Simkin (School of Arts and Sciences 2005, Wharton MBA 2014)
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