Just Arrived: An Entrepreneurial Look at the MBA Class of 2015

By Megan Kauffman, School of Arts and Sciences Undergrad 2011; Administrative Coordinator, Wharton Entrepreneurship

We’ve said it before on this blog (courtesy of MBA Career Management), but these facts deserve a second look: not only is the number of students starting their own business after graduation continuing to rise, but the incoming Class of 2015 may prove to be the most entrepreneurial class yet! This according to Wharton MBA Admissions data. And now that they’re here on campus, we’ve got more to share about the newly arrived class of 2015.

This class has a wide array of startup experience with approximately ten percent having started their own business or held a significant role in a startup prior to coming to Wharton.  Among the nearly 40 students who already started or co-founded their own business, the ventures range from an entertainment production company to an agribusiness firm to a bicycle luggage company and everything in between. In addition, over 30 students held significant roles at startups prior to coming to Wharton.  For the more than 100 students in the Class of 2015 who indicated they plan to start a business immediately after graduation, Wharton is the place to make connections and learn from their peers and professors what it takes to start a company from the ground up.

We shouldn’t be surprised: the career landscape is changing fast, and entrepreneurship is on the rise. But while a growing number of universities are courting founders and potential founders for their entrepreneurial degree programs, Wharton is taking the lead among those seeking a strong entrepreneurial program in their MBA. Our growing number of incoming entrepreneurs reflects a trend of steady increase over the past three years, and we’ve been supporting students and alumni for multiple decades.  Wharton has so much to offer entrepreneurs: the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program, the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, and a suite of resources for students at all levels of interest from intern fellowships at early stage companies to the Venture Initiation Program, an incubator for businesses ready to launch.

Here at Wharton Entrepreneurship, I’m in the business of bringing students’ startup aspirations into fruition. To kick off the semester we will be holding an Entrepreneurship Expo to highlight the entrepreneurial offerings across Penn’s campus and showcase a select group of current students’ ventures. For more details about this event and others way to get involved in entrepreneurship this semester, visit our calendar. To the Class of 2015, I look forward to seeing what the next two years will bring.