Lisa Lovallo
Wharton MBA ’13 / G ’13

Lisa Lovallo WG’13/G’13 majored in Entrepreneurial Management and founded, an international recruiting service that connects young professionals in the US with jobs in Brazil. Currently, she is an analytical lead at Google.

Many corporations cultivate entrepreneurial-minded professionals to become actively engaged in creating new business opportunities within the firm, often called “corporate venturing.” Knowledge of the start-up experience combined with coursework in venture capital will provide a solid background for students interested in this career path.

MGMT 801 Entrepreneurship (0.5 cu)

In this class, students explore the many dimensions of entrepreneurship, venture creation, and development. You will learn how to conceptualize, develop, and manage successful new ventures. This course will lay the foundation for advanced entrepreneurship electives. Taught by Ethan Mollick (fall) and Laura Huang (spring). Prof. Mollick was named one of the best 40-Under-40 business school professors. Read an interview with Prof. Huang here.

MGMT 731 Technology Strategy (0.5 cu)

The course provides concepts and frameworks to help understand the interaction among firm strategies, technologies, and markets. Students explore how technical innovation creates value, learn how to entrepreneurially capture value, and understand how to deliver that value. Taught by Assistant Prof. Rahul Kapoor whose research focuses on how firms organize innovation and manage technological and industry-level changes.

MGMT 802 Innovation, Change, and Entrepreneurship (0.5 cu)

In this course, students will discuss the theory underpinning innovation, use tools to develop an innovation project, and work on a project development team. Taught by Ian MacMillan, Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and co-author of The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook. (Read an interview with him here.)

MGMT 804 Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management (0.5 cu)

This course focuses on venture capital management issues in the context of a typical high-growth start-up, addressed from both the entrepreneur’s perspective and the investor’s perspective. Taught by Raffi Amit, Academic Director of the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Program. (Read an interview with him here.)

MGMT 806 Formation and Implementation of Entrepreneurial Ventures (1.0 cu)

The ultimate goal of this course is the development of an actionable business plan which you will pitch to your classmates and ultimately to a panel of investors. Taught by Tyler Wry, Assistant Professor of MGMT, who researches the impact of value systems in entrepreneurial environments. (Read an interview with him here.)

MGMT 811 Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (0.5 cu)

This course focuses on theoretical and practical issues of acquiring a business. You will hone your knowledge of the acquisition process, identify and evaluate acquisitions targets, as well as understand the deal in terms of legal and tax implications. Taught by Lecturer Bob Chalfin an expert in acquisitions.

OIDD 662 Enabling Technologies (1.0 cu)

This course is about understanding emerging technology enablers, with a goal of stimulating thinking on new applications for commerce. There is no prerequisite, and no technical background is assumed. Taught by Kartik Hosanagar, Professor of Internet Commerce, serial entrepreneur, and academic director of the Wharton VIP program. Kartik has also been recognized as one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40.

“Wharton’s curriculum is very flexible in that it gives you the chance to find as much alignment as possible between your classes and your startup.”

– Betty Hsu WG’14,
  Founder of ProfessorWord


“Wharton gave me the opportunity to think creatively and to take two years of my life to explore what entrepreneurship means concretely, not just a theoretical idea of it, but what it really means to start a business and struggle with the day to day issues as well as the larger strategy issues.”
– Frank Brodie M’14/WG’14,
  Co-founder of Maculens and PhaseOptics