Entrepreneurships & Startups

Edrizio De La Cruz
Wharton MBA ’11

Edrizio De La Cruz WG’11 has gone from community college student to mechanic to J.P. Morgan investment banker to starting his own company. Regalii, which Edrizio founded as a student in the Wharton MBA program, uses text messages to send credits usable at local retailers in Latin America.

Interested in launching your own venture? Wharton Entrepreneurship courses can provide the framework to quickly make sense of the rapidly changing competitive environment that startups face.

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. Prof. Huang studies the mirco-level foundations of entrepreneurship. Read more about her 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 810 Social Entrepreneurship (1.0)

Societal problems, if attacked entrepreneurially, create opportunities for launching businesses that simultaneously generate profits and alleviate the societal problem. Student teams will develop a plan to launch a societal wealth generating business. 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.)

LGST 813 Legal Aspects Entrepreneurship (1.0 cu)

This practical and intensive course examines the critical legal and transactional issues confronting start-up and emerging growth companies. Taught by Adjunct Professor Bob Borghese, who has represented entrepreneurs from inception through the creation of billion-dollar enterprises across a range of industries including technology, healthcare, and financial services.

OIDD 654 – Product Design Development (0.5 cu)

The course, cross-listed with the Engineering School, follows an overall product design methodology, including the identification of customer needs, generation of product concepts, prototyping, and design-for-manufacturing. Taught by Vice Dean of Innovation and CIBC Endowed Professor Karl Ulrich, an academic innovator.

“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