By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship
On September 30, the Robert Haft Entrepreneur in Residence Fall Series (EIR) kicks off for 2014-15, bringing entrepreneurs with expertise in healthcare, robotics, gaming, fitness, sports, investing, and more to the fourth floor of Vance Hall. All Penn students are welcome to participate; check out the schedule, then register online.
EIR gives students the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with successful entrepreneurs, both giving insight into the entrepreneurial process and helping students build their entrepreneurial network. For example, Kunal Bahl W’06/E’06, founder and CEO of Snapdeal, India’s largest online marketplace, called EIR “God’s gift to entrepreneurs.” He attended every session. Another alumnus, Nat Turner W’08, met Josh Kopelman W’93, founder of half.com and First Round Capital, at an EIR session when Nat was a freshman. The two kept in touch, and Josh became the first investor in Nat’s company InviteMedia, which he sold to Google in 2010 for $81 million.
Despite their busy schedules, Jeff Raider, WG’10, co-founder and co-CEO of Harry’s, and Jason Semine, L’10, WG’10, director of retail, participated last year as Entrepreneurs in Residence. In this video, we follow Raider and Semine from the Harry’s office and barbershop in New York City to Philadelphia.