The Penn Wharton Innovation Fund Investment Team is responsible reviewing applications and making funding decisions for the PWIF. The PWIF Investment Team was specifically assembled for their diverse backgrounds and expertise so that we can provide all applicants with substantive feedback. We accept new applicants to the PWIF Investment Team at the beginning of each school year.
Sarah “JJ” Caffey WG’19 serves as Investment Team Leader for the Penn Wharton Innovation Fund. As Co-Founder of Venture Foragers and Founder of Valkyrie Collective, JJ is an entrepreneur with deep operating expertise in early-stage startup growth, go-to-market strategy for tech products, and retail tech/ecommerce. JJ is also a budding investor, having spent her summer with First Round Capital and Boost VC with a focus on aerospace and hardware. As a second year MBA student at Wharton, JJ is currently the Co-President of the Penn Founders Club, and VP of the Wharton PE/VC Club. JJ is focused on supporting fellow founders at the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey.
Dan Bilotti WG’19 grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Harvard College where he received an A.B. in Economics and commissioned from Army ROTC in 2009. He then attended the UC Berkeley School of Law, focusing on business law. He graduated with a J.D. in 2012, passed the California bar examination, and was selected for the Army JAG Corps. He practiced government contract litigation and procurement law in the Army Corps of Engineers’ Military Honors Program in Washington, D.C. and served as a White House Social Aide. He left the active duty in February 2017 and is a member of Wharton’s class of 2019.
Aile Momoh WG’19 is a 2nd year at the Wharton school, majoring in Entrepreneurial Management. Her summer internship was at Mckinsey & Company where she worked on go-to-market strategy for a tech client. Prior to Wharton, she was a software engineer at Amazon AWS, Goldman Sachs Currency trading team, and Goldman Sachs Regulatory and CyberSecurity team. She also served as CTO on Zuvaa, an African-Inspired fashion marketplace, for two years. Aile obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Lethbridge, Canada and her Masters in Information Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Ashwin Amurthur ENG’15, W’15, M’21 is a second-year medical student and entrepreneur at the Perelman School of Medicine, where he is passionate about commercializing novel healthcare technologies. In 2015, he co-founded GTRACK Technologies, a startup developing fluorescent nanoparticle tracers for the oil & gas industry and a member of the Y Combinator S16 batch. Ashwin graduated in 2015 from Penn with dual degrees in Bioengineering and Finance.
Danielle Ross WG’19 is an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School. Prior to Wharton, Danielle spent four years as a customer experience expert at a growing technology “unicorn” software company Medallia working with her clients to implement customer feedback programs. When she’s not studying for her Strategic Management courses, you can usually find Danielle nose-deep in her computer reading the latest in tech news. Danielle graduated UCLA in 2013 studying Business Economics and Environmental Systems. This is where she first developed a passion for the intersection of business and social impact.
Amritha Sastry WG’19 is an MBA student at the Wharton School, concentrating in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Prior to Wharton, Amritha was a consultant in New York at A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm focused on strategy and operations. While most of Amritha’s work in consulting focused on growth at the unique intersection of data, technology and financial services, Amritha has worked with global clients in numerous industries from Healthcare to Retail across several functional areas, from Operations to Marketing. Amritha obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Economics & International Relations with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.
Mike Zeidlhack WG’19 is an MBA candidate at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is a co-founder of Phrase Health, a company that provides hospital administrators with analytics on the alerts and other information doctors and nurses receive via the EHR. Mike was formerly a Business Fellow at MEST in Accra, Ghana where he advised 50+ pre-seed teams on product strategy, fundraising, etc. and prepared teams for investment by reviewing ~750 investment pitches and conducting high-level diligence. Prior to MEST, Mike worked as Consultant in Accenture’s Strategy group often working on tech-related projects (e.g. analytics, eComm, digital marketing).
Olivia Jew M’20, WG’20 is currently a dual degree student at the Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton and is passionate about identifying ways of harnessing technology to improve efficiency and access to health care. Olivia was born and raised in San Francisco, attended Stanford University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Human Biology. While at Stanford, she interned at HealthTap, completed an honors thesis in regenerative medicine, and mentored younger students in human biology as a student advisor. In a gap year before medical school, she taught human biology to sophomores full-time. At Penn Med, she helped pilot the first teledermatology mobile app at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and she served on the board of the student group Penn HealthX and provided guidance for several startups in the incubator.
Daniel Dozark WG’20 is an MBA candidate at The Wharton School focused on Finance and Business Analytics. He spent the last four years at J.P. Morgan, most recently as an investment associate uncovering tactical investment opportunities for his institutional clients focusing on technology, financials and the consumer. He has experience helping clients identify and mitigate risks within their businesses using hedges in the foreign exchange and interest rate markets. Daniel obtained his BA in Economics from Northwestern University. A certified yoga teacher, he loves practicing yoga and also thinking about how technology can improve the fitness, health and wellness industries.
Cindy Berman WG’20 is the Penn Advisor for Xfund, a San Francisco based VC fund, sourcing and recommending investments. As a Pre-MBA Associate at Story Ventures, a NYC VC, she evaluated 50+ investments. Cindy is an active angel investor with investments including Nectar Sleep. She worked in B2B and B2C roles at startups and established companies, including Equity Research at HSBC and Product Management at American Express. She implemented early stage marketing at Nanit, a VC backed startup (backed by Upfront Ventures/RRE). At Macy’s, as a Marketing Manager, Cindy led the launch of Apple’s partnership. Cindy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Baker WG’20 grew up in New York City and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics while simultaneously completing the pre-med requirements. After graduation, he analyzed the healthcare industry from financial perspectives – advising clients in investment banking and investing across subsectors in private equity. His long-term goal is to help improve patient outcomes, which he will pursue by proactively identifying and investing in companies that are promoting efficiency and driving results. Outside of work, he is passionate about skiing, exploring cultures through cuisine, and Michigan Wolverine sports (his wife’s alma mater).
Matias Porras Paniagua GR’23 graduated from MIT with a degree in chemical-biological engineering. Afterward, Matias was an analyst in Genentech’s operations leadership development program while pursuing a master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering at Stanford. At Genentech, Matias developed the global ten-year manufacturing supply forecast for the $8 billion hematology franchise, led the recommissioning of milling equipment for GMP manufacturing at a new production site, and employed machine learning methods to predict clearance problems in products in the pipeline. Currently, he is a second year Ph.D. student in the department of Bioengineering interested in developing novel cellular therapies for oncology and neurodegenerative applications.
Coco Wenfei Wang W’21 was 15 when she became the CEO of her non-profit organization, Target Alpha, which provides complimentary financial literacy education to students in Canada. In her time as CEO, the organization became a federally-recognized organization, reached 6500+ students, and raised $3000+. March of this year, her company, Agrigate, was selected from 100,000+ applicants as finalists at HULT Prize Singapore and HULT Prize Ivy. She is currently working on her startup Candid Beauty which is launching in a few weeks. As she explores various entrepreneurship avenues, she wants to continue building her beauty startup.