Entrepreneurships & Startups

Allison Floam
Wharton Undergrad ’05

Allison Floam W’05 is a relentless entrepreneur who has founded three companies over the past decade and has advised several other startups. She was cofounder of, MicroDialogue, and SunSak. Currently, Allison is working on her newest venture.

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 230 Entrepreneurship (1.0 cu)

In this course you are asked to stop just receiving ideas, facts, concepts, and techniques, and start generating ideas, identifying problems, analyzing and evaluating alternatives, and formulating workable action plans—in other words, putting textbook knowledge into practice. Taught by Tyler Wry, Assistant Professor of MGMT, who researches the impact of value systems in entrepreneurial environments.

MGMT 212 Social Entrepreneurship (1.0 cu)

Societal problems, if attacked entrepreneurially, create opportunities for launching businesses that simultaneously generate profits and alleviate societal problems. Student teams will each 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.)

MGMT 231 Entrepreneurial Venture Initiation (1.0 cu)

How do you actually put your business plan into action to launch a venture? Take this advanced course, which builds upon an existing business plan and focuses on implementation of a business startup. Taught by Lecturer Patrick Fitzgerald, a seasoned entrepreneur and advisor to the Venture Initiation Program.

LGST 213 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship (1.0 cu)

This practical and intensive course examines the critical legal and transactional issues confronting startup 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 415 Product Design (1.0 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