Clare Leinweber: “It’s an Exciting Time for Entrepreneurship at Wharton”

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

“Wharton Entrepreneurship is important both across Penn and Wharton. I think it’s important to the world. We are in the business of helping students launch businesses. And the potential there for taking very smart, talented Wharton and Penn students and having them found companies is that they end up creating employment and economic development and growth across the country, perhaps across the world.”

— Clare Leinweber, Managing Director of Wharton Entrepreneurship

Watch Clare Leinweber, our new Managing Director, talk about why this is such an exciting time for entrepreneurship at Wharton, what she sees in the future for Wharton Entrepreneurship, and how much she loves working with our entrepreneurial students:

Introducing the 2014-2015 Y-Prize Finalists

By Michelle Eckert, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Mack Institute

This post originally appeared on the Mack Institute News site.

In Round 1 of the 2014-2015 Y-Prize Competition, a record number of 19 cross-disciplinary teams proposed creative applications for Penn nanotechnologies. Submissions included a video pitch and slide deck that the judges evaluated on market opportunity, value proposition, team strength, and execution plan. The finalists proposed uses for graphene, fast-charging batteries, and tunable adhesion that ranged from environmentally sustainable business solutions to counterfeit protection. One team even incorporated two of the three featured technologies into their proposal.

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Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow: Inside FinTech

By Cory Oringer W’16, 2014 Neff Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow at Estimize

Interested in doing an internship at a startup this summer? Come to our WE Wednesday session: Is a Startup Internship Right For Me? on October 29, 4:30-5:30pom Jon M. Huntsmann Hall room 365.

This summer I worked at Estimize, a venture capital backed, financial technology (FinTech) start-up. Estimize operates an open platform for crowdsourcing structured financial data such as earnings estimates of publicly-traded US companies, as well as macroeconomic indicator forecasts.

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Left to right: Leigh Drogen, Cory Oringer W’16, and Bob Greene W’82

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$1000s in Free Market Research—At the Library!

By Cathy Ogur, Business Research Librarian at the Lippincott Library

Come see Cathy Ogur talk more about the amazing resources available to entrepreneurial Penn students at WE Weds, October 15, 12-1:20 pm, JMHH 265.

As an entrepreneur on campus, you will be impressed and excited by the types of resources the library provides. Are you looking for trade journals to read to develop ideas; industry research to learn about sectors; demographics databases to identify customers; company directories to create a list of possible competitors; financial benchmarks to draft projections; or deal summaries to understand the funding climate? The library can help! We strive to purchase resources used across academic and corporate settings, including more than 120 business related databases, most of which are available to students, faculty and staff of Penn with their PennKey and password, anywhere they have an internet connection, through the library website.

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Intern Fellows, By the Numbers

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

Working at a startup isn’t like working at an established company. At Wharton Entrepreneurship, we know that one path into entrepreneurship is through spending time at a startup, and seeing what it’s really like at a new and growing company—from the inside. Interns at startups often have opportunities that they couldn’t dream of at an established company: there’s so much happening that a motivated intern can own a project and build it from scratch, all in a summer.

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Combining Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning: The Wharton SBDC

By Pirkka Padmanabhan WG’15

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared in The Wharton Journal.

Young rising stars helping young rising stars – what may sound like a cheesy slogan from a dubious self-help group is, in my opinion, the best description of the work that is done by the students, staff and supporters of Wharton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). One of the oldest institutions of its kind, the SBDC supports locally-based entrepreneurs and small businesses of all kinds and sizes: freshly launched start-ups, highly growing ventures and established small businesses.

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Honoring Excellence at the SBDC

By Erin McGowan, Associate Director, Wharton Small Business Development Center

The Wharton Small Business Development Center celebrated its annual recognition and leadership event on April 24.  Over 70 guests gathered to recognize the accomplishments in 2013-14 of Wharton SBDC’s small business clients, Wharton MBA and Undergraduate consultants, professional advisors, and many organizational partners and friends – programs and accomplishments that are a mainstay of Philadelphia’s small business community.

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Leslie Mitts, Managing Practice Leader of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, and Katlyn Grasso W’15, founder of GenHERation.

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Funniest Moments from the Wharton BPC

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the Wharton Magazine blog.

The Wharton Business Plan Competition (BPC), in all its 15 years, has hardly been merely a ha-ha affair. Among the first and best in academia, the competition spans two semesters every year, during which time students strive through multiple grueling rounds to reach the Finals and their chance to be number 1 startup on campus. It’s a legitimate opportunity to earn prize money and recognition that could help propel a startup closer to sustainability and success.

Co-chairs of the Wharton Business Plan Competition Committee, first-year MBAs Manasa Tanuku and Johannes Quodt, present during the Finals closing reception. Photo credits: Alyssa Cwanger, C’04, CGS’06.
Co-chairs of the Wharton Business Plan Competition Committee, first-year MBAs Manasa Tanuku and Johannes Quodt, present during the Finals closing reception. Photo credits: Alyssa Cwanger, C’04, CGS’06.

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