Mentoring a Penn President’s Innovation Prize Winning Team

By Hoag Levins, Editor of Digital Publications at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI)

It’s almost the stuff movies are made of.  A young professor charged with teaching a new university course in health care entrepreneurship meets a brash sophomore interested in taking the class. But then, quixotically, the undergrad decides to skip the course and asks the professor to mentor him and his fellow sophomore business partner as they figure out the complexities of entrepreneurial practice on their own.

Three years later, the two students win the University’s highest award for inventiveness and marketing savvy. And to complete the circle, the two are invited back to their mentor’s classroom to lecture his pupils on entrepreneurial chutzpah.

Wharton School Assistant Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Matthew Grennan (center) has been mentoring Penn seniors Aaron Goldstein (left) and William Duckworth (right) for three years. The two students just won a Penn President's prize for entrepreneurial achievement.
Wharton School Assistant Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Matthew Grennan (center) has been mentoring Penn seniors Aaron Goldstein (left) and William Duckworth (right) for three years. The two students just won a Penn President’s prize for entrepreneurial achievement.

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Exit Interview: Aaron Goldstein W’16, Co-founder of Fever Smart

During his time at Wharton, Aaron Goldstein received the President’s Innovation Prize, a Wharton Venture Award, a Wharton Innovation Fund award, a Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund award and a Snider Seed Award, Fever Smart won Second Prize in the 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition, and he was a member of the Venture Initiation Program. Before he graduated last month, we asked him a few questions about what it was like being a student entrepreneur. Here’s what he said:

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