Applications for the Penn Wharton Innovation Fund are reviewed by the Penn Wharton Innovation Fund Investment Team. Over the academic year, our investment team spends 2 weeks each month reviewing all of the applications for funding. They provide valuable feedback to our student entrepreneurs and make final decisions on who will be funded at our monthly meetings.
Parth Chopra W’18, ENG’18 is a senior in the M&T Program at Penn, studying Finance/Management at Wharton and Computer Science at Penn Engineering. He’s fascinated with the intersection of business and technology, and the societal impact the two fields can have on the world around us. This interest has led him to a variety of tech experiences, including PM internships at a Series B startup called Juvo, Microsoft, and an engineering internship at Google. In addition, he has consulted startups on the side, and helped invest funds into startups and public tech companies alike. Parth is also an avid podcast listener, Game of Thrones fan, and loves getting lost in new cities.
Colin Robinson WG’18 is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Prior to Wharton, he worked at Chicago Venture Partners where he helped the firm invest over $45M in 40 startups. While working at Chicago Venture Partners, Colin started a brick-and-mortar entertainment business called Blaster Tag. He graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University.
Aile Momoh WG’19 was born in Nigeria but grew up in Canada and USA. She is an information technology expert focusing on developing innovative technologies to facilitate businesses. She is Chief Technology Officer at Zuvaa, an online marketplace focused on African inspired fashion. Prior to Zuvaa, Aile helped Amazon’s AWS team build out their leading analytics software for the cost and billing team. She also worked at Goldman Sach’s FX and commodities trading desk, where she helped build and optimize trading platforms and implement trading strategies.
Christian Rolon WG’19 began his career on the US Rates team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management as a junior portfolio manager, strategist, and economist. He designed, deployed, and managed an event-driven strategy investing capital on behalf of several investment groups. Afterwards, Christian joined a hedge fund focused on technology stocks as a Research Associate, focusing on software and hardware companies. Christian is interested in the intersection of these sectors, specifically the impact technology will have on the macroeconomy. Christian is currently an MBA candidate at The Wharton School. Christian holds an AB in Economics from Princeton University and is a CFA charterholder.
Ashwin Amurthur ENG’15, W’15, M’21 graduated from Penn in 2015 with dual degrees in Bioengineering and Finance from Penn Engineering and Wharton. After graduation, I co-founded GTRACK Technologies, an applied technology startup developing fluorescent nanoparticle tracers for the oil & gas industry, which was recently licensed to a Texas oil & gas company. Currently, I am a first-year student at the Perelman School of Medicine, where I aspire to continue building on my healthcare & start-up background as a physician and entrepreneur.
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.
Sarah “JJ” Caffey WG’19 is an entrepreneur and an MBA candidate at Wharton with deep expertise in early-stage startup growth, retail technology, and luxury ecommerce. She is the co-founder of Pelican and the founder of Valkyrie Collective. She previously served as employee #1 at FINDMINE, and as a strategy associate at innovation accelerator XRC Labs. To date, every venture she has worked on is thriving.
Adina Davis WG’18 is a technology enthusiast and aspiring Venture Capitalist. In addition to pursuing her MBA, she is an MBA Associate at Red Sea Ventures, a New York based early stage venture fund with a portfolio that includes Allbirds, Outdoor Voices, and Sweetgreen. On campus, Adina serves as Co-President of the Penn Founders Club. Prior to Wharton, Adina spent four years at J.P. Morgan, most recently on the Technology, Media & Telecom Debt Capital Markets team advising Fortune 500 companies on strategic financing. In her spare time, Adina serves on the KIPP NYC Associate Council.
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.
Falgu Shah WG’19 Originally from London, UK, Falgu has been living in the wonderful Washington DC for the past few years helping the International Finance Corporation to invest higher-risk venture capital in emerging markets. From Myanmar to Argentina to Tanzania, she has traveled the world looking for the next unicorn. Her love for travel extends beyond business trips – she loves the great outdoors and spent the summer before Wharton swimming with whale sharks, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and driving a 4×4 through the desert! Falgu is passionate about finding innovative and sustainable businesses to invest in, and she hopes to find more at Wharton.
Juliet Zawedde WG’18 is an MBA Candidate at Wharton focused on Entrepreneurial Management and Finance. At Wharton, she is part of Wharton Africa Growth Partners, where she connects entrepreneurs in Africa with potential investors, creates supporting financing documents and conducts research and analysis to support operational improvements that increase firm value. Before Wharton, she spent 4 years in Sales and Trading in New York and as COO of a digital media startup in Kenya. She is originally from Uganda, and is dedicated to supporting under resourced entrepreneurs. Post-MBA, she will be joining KKR in New York.
Mike Zeidlhack WG’19 is currently an MBA candidate at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance. 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 a Consultant in Accenture’s Strategy group often working on tech-related projects (e.g. analytics, eComm, digital marketing) leveraging skills in financial analysis and business case development. His cross-industry experience includes High Tech, Telecom, Sports, Life Sciences, Retail, and Energy.