Announcing the 2016 #WhartonBPC Semifinalists!

By Marissa Carberry WG’17, Marketing Director for the 2016 Business Plan Competition

On Monday, February 8, the Wharton Business Plan Competition announced this year’s twenty-five semifinalist teams. Nearly 300 judges reviewed and provided feedback on 148 business plans submitted by students from six different Penn schools. The twenty-five semifinalist teams offer a diverse range of solutions including a medical device for safer cesarean section deliveries, drone hardware and software for livestock ranchers, and the “Uber of personal training.” Check out the Semifinalists’ elevator pitches below to see the cool and innovative companies that could be coming out of UPenn soon!

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Paying It Forward in San Francisco

By Miranda Wang C’16, Co-founder of BioCellection Inc

The phrase that was said the most during my 4-day trek in the Bay Area with the Silicon Valley Bank team and 19 peers from 10 universities was “paying it forward.” From as early as one and a half months before heading into the program, it was clear that the relationships formed during this Silicon Valley crash course and socializing bootcamp would be life transforming. The trek took us from the homebase WeWork in SF, the hippest co-working space, to Twitter, and Sand Hill Road. Spending 8AM-8PM for three consecutive days with a very impressive group of young innovative business minds facilitated the formation of some truly valuable relationships. By the end of the program, participants were exchanging funny Groupme texts and sharing contacts of influencers that we have met throughout the week. Everyone was adopting the lessons learned about “paying it forward” to beneficially build onto one another’s networks.

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Trek orientation.

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Who are Wharton’s Forbes 30 Under 30?

By Mike Kaiser, Digital Content Producer, Wharton Marketing and Communications

Forbes revealed its annual 30 Under 30 list, and 16 Wharton alumni (and one current Wharton MBA student) made the cut across eight different industry categories. The annual rankings highlight the 600 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs who are “transforming the world” in 20 fields.

Among this year’s honorees from the Wharton community are Michelle Domanico W’08, Joshua Klivan W’08 and Brian Welch W’08 in the Finance category; Daniel Fine W’15 and Jonathan Wu W’08 for Retail & E-Commerce; Jesse Beyroutey ENG’11/GEN’11/W11, Derek Chu W’11, Matt Gatto ENG’09/W’09, Sarah X. Guo C’11/W’11/G’12/WG’12, Aaron Jacobson ENG’09/W’09 and Zachary Kaplan W’08 all making the list for Venture Capital; JJ Fliegelman C’11/W’11 earning a spot in Enterprise Tech; Spencer Penn W’14/GEN’15 in Social Entrepreneurs; Stafford Palmieri WG’16 in Law & Policy; Brian Powers W’13 for Food & Drink; and Cassandra Tognoni W’09 in the Education category.

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From Wharton to Silicon Valley

By Parker Brown W’19

This semester, I had the opportunity to take Culture of Technology, a half-credit course taught by Lori Rosenkopf, the Vice Dean and Director of the Wharton Undergraduate Division. During the bi-weekly sessions, we had the chance to hear from Wharton alumni who are currently working in the technology sector. These guest speakers ran the gamut from serial entrepreneurs to venture capitalists and shared with us their experiences in pursuing careers in Silicon Valley.

Image credit: Samykolon
Image credit: Samykolon

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Introducing the 2015-2016 Y-Prize Finalists

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

Since 2012, the Y-Prize Competition has become a familiar fixture for Penn students interested in the intersection of engineering and business. This most recent iteration of the contest tweaked the script, however, with a new focus on technologies invented in a medical context. Students were invited to propose innovative new uses for these technologies both in and out of the medical field. Read more Introducing the 2015-2016 Y-Prize Finalists

2015 VIP Holiday Gift Guide

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

This holiday season, support student entrepreneurs by buying gifts from their startups! Members of our Venture Initiation Program have delightful gifts that your loved ones would be thrilled to unwrap:

Barring Eyewear Stunning sunglasses made from premium woods or high-grade matted acetate make a terrific fashion statement, and you’ll be pleased at the low price for these luxury frames. A portion of the price funds cancer research as well, making Barring just the latest Wharton-founded glasses company with a social mission.

Photography by J.N. Anderson on behalf of Barring Eyewear
Photography by J.N. Anderson on behalf of Barring Eyewear

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NOMsense Bakery Celebrates the Holiday by Giving, Collaborating, and Innovating

By Alina Wong C’16 and Roopa Shankar W’16, Co-founders of NOMsense Bakery

‘Tis the season to celebrate indulgent moments through dessert with NOMsense Bakery, an e-commerce start-up that specializes in gourmet and handcrafted cookie sandwiches. The business, now officially a part of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program, is led by Alina Wong (C’16) and Roopa Shankar (W’16) and aims to add some innovation to the dessert space on the Penn campus… and to make the experience surrounding dessert fun again for Penn students.

Red velvet cookies, chocolate ganache filling, sugar drizzle, crushed Oreo topping.
Red velvet cookies, chocolate ganache filling, sugar drizzle, crushed Oreo topping.

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Are You An Intrapreneur?

By Justine Lai WG’16

Over the past few years, Wharton has become a hub for entrepreneurship; beyond increasing its related class offerings, aspiring entrepreneurs at Wharton have access to support and funding through resources like Wharton Entrepreneurship, Weiss Tech House, and the Penn Center for Innovation, along with student-run communities like the Founders Club and E-Club.

But even as more and more Wharton students enter with entrepreneurial ambitions, the truth is that most are unlikely to start a company immediately or even five years after school. An enormous opportunity exists for Wharton to provide these students the tools and training to become intrapreneurs.

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The Innovation and Design Club, busy innovating and designing.

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YouthHack Philly Startup Tour

By Tiffany Chang W’19

Growing up in the Kaka’ako neighborhood in my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, I became exposed to the budding startup culture that trickled across the Pacific from the Bay Area. What I found most intriguing about this culture was its ability to define a problem in society and creatively find a solution to it. Back home, I joined a fellows group called the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, which helped me gain the tools to become a leader and cofound Hawaii’s first student coworking space, The Canvas. Upon arriving at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, I knew I wanted to take my ideas to a whole new level. Inside the classroom, Wharton allows me to study across a wide variety of fields with the best resources. Outside the classroom, I joined clubs and programs like YouthHack FreshStart, which has given me opportunities and resources to transform my ideas into reality.

YoutHack Philly with Curalate founder Apu Gupta WG'05 at the Curalate office.
YoutHack Philly with Curalate founder Apu Gupta WG’05 at the Curalate office.

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