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Virtual Penn Wharton Startup Challenge & Showcase: Alumni Panel & Awards Ceremony

May 02, 2020

Saturday, May 2 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Mauro GuillenJoin Professor Mauro Guillen, one of the most original thinkers at the Wharton School, as he moderates an online Alumni Panel discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship in the time of the COVID-19. Prof. Guillen, the Zandman Professor in International Management, developed and leads Wharton’s largest class ever – “Epidemics, Natural Disasters, and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty.” An expert on global market trends, he is a sought-after speaker and consultant. He combines his training as a sociologist at Yale and as a business economist in his native Spain to methodically identify and quantify the most promising opportunities at the intersection of demographic, economic, and technological developments. His online classes on Coursera and edX have attracted over 100,000 participants from around the world. He has won multiple teaching awards at Wharton, where his presentation on global market trends has become a permanent feature of over fifty executive education programs annually.

Following the panel, celebrate with Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship as we announce the winners of the Startup Challenge!

Please register here to attend the Alumni Panel and receive event login details.

A special thank you to Mauro Guillen and our Alumni Panel participants:

Davis Smith

Davis Smith, G’11, WG’11
Founder & CEO at Cotopaxi
Davis Smith is the Founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a humanitarian mission. He is a member of the United Nations Foundation’s “Global Entrepreneurs Council” and a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Davis was Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s “CEO of the Year” in 2016 and previously started Baby.com.br, Brazil’s “Startup of the Year” in 2012. Davis holds an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from BYU. Davis is an adventurer who has visited 70 countries. He has floated down the Amazon on a self-made raft, kayaked from Cuba to Florida, and explored North Korea.


Kathryn Stewart, WG’88
Founder & Managing Director at Cranbrook CapitalKathryn Stewart

Kathryn Stewart is Founder and Managing Director of Cranbrook Capital, which invests in early-stage emerging tech-focused companies and in Venture Funds. Angel investments include Allstacks, CircleUp, Cybrary, GoCanvas, Homesnap, goTenna, Huntress, NS8 and Passive Capital Management.  Kathryn is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Smith School of Business and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. She is also a member of the Tech Commercialization Panel at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She was recently honored as one of DCA Live’s Power Women of DC Tech and was also awarded the Angel Investor of the Year by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.  Prior to Cranbrook Capital, Kathryn was Managing Director, Institutional Equity Sales, at Baltimore based Alex. Brown/Deutsche Bank.  She holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.


Michael Vaughan, W’97
Former COO at Venmo and current EIR at Oak HC/FT

Michael Vaughan, former COO at Venmo, helped lead the business from six guys in an apartment in Philly in 2011 to 40 million active users, a $300 million annual revenue run rate and $100 billion in annual payments in 2019. As an operator over two decades, Michael has developed successful businesses across multiple industries, including three exits. Currently, as an EIR at Oak HC/FT, Michael is developing, advising, and investing in new fintech businesses. Independently, he is also working with more than 30 enterprise and consumer tech companies as a board member, advisor and/or angel investor.



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