WHARTON INDIA FELLOWS

THE 2020 COHORT

Following a rigorous application process and careful review, we are pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of Wharton India Fellows. The Fellows are students from Penn Nursing, The Wharton School, The College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. They will have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship in India through a half-semester course followed by a 2-week immersion in an India startup or rapidly scaling company. They will also serve as ambassadors of their schools and the University of Pennsylvania during this study plus immersion experience. 

Tari

Tari Clement

The Wharton School, Class of 2021

“I am humbled to be a part of the fellowship since it provides a means for me to experience entrepreneurship in South Asia. I especially recognize this as an opportunity for globally-minded students to explore a rich culture, and what it truly means to be immersed in such a historically rich and ethnically diverse nation like India. I truly cannot wait to live that first-hand.”

Beverlye

Beverlye Gedeon

The Wharton School, Class of 2021

“I foresee this experience to be uniquely engaging as it will combine theoretical understanding and practical skills through discussion panels and complete immersion in the day-to-day operations of a real start-up in Bangalore. I believe it will allow me to leverage my business education in addition to my professional experiences to deliver valuable contributions enabling my team to meet their short and long-term goals. In this course, I am looking to familiarize myself with the startup ecosystem in India and to understand its contributions to the country’s development. I would also want to learn about government incentives provided to encourage these companies as well as the capital raising process to finance their growth.”

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Diego Guerra Orozco

The Wharton School, Class of 2021

“China’s economy is a global power today, but I want to be able to not just see the economic development at its peak. I want to see it as it’s currently being developed and having a profound impact in people’s lives. This is precisely why I want to be a Wharton India Fellow! I believe that this incredible hands-on-learning experience will not only give me the opportunity to get an insider perspective of the business environment in India, but it will also give me the chance to expand my own perspective of the world by exposing me to new ways of thinking, new ways to catalyze economic growth, but perhaps even more importantly, how can you use technology to exponentially scale up this impact to one of the world’s largest countries!”

Claudia

Claudia Haddad

The School of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

“Claudia has interned in software engineering at Facebook the past two summers, and she is excited to experience Bangalore’s startup scene and the impactful, fast-paced work inherent to startups. On campus, she runs the PennApps hackathon, an international computer science competition that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Hector

Hector Herrera

The Wharton School, Class of 2021

“The Wharton India Fellows Program is going to be an exciting and transformative experience because I will be immersed in the startup ecosystem and Indian business culture. The trip will also be a huge learning opportunity because I will have to apply the business theory I have learned in my time throughout Wharton to help a company make key decisions.”

Kenny

Kenny Hoang

The School of Engineering and Applied Science, Class of 2021

“The Indian entrepreneurship environment is something I haven’t had the pleasure of being exposed to in a classroom or hands-on setting. We live in a global economy with a global workforce (all with different work styles, motivations, and approaches), and I’m excited for the opportunity to further my understanding and experience first-hand what makes Bangalore and India a thriving technological and innovation hub.”

Moksh

Moksh Jawa

The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology: The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School, Class of 2021

“With India’s growing entrepreneurship scene, I am curious to see how the ‘jugaad’ (Indian term for nifty hacks to solving problems) mentality factors into innovation. Furthermore, I want to learn how the restrictions and challenges of the India market lead to products that differ from those of more developed markets.”

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Caroline Leng

The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology: The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School, Class of 2021

“I am incredibly excited to immerse myself in the rich culture of India and learn about Bangalore’s unique startup ecosystem. I look forward to gaining insight into the cultural, economic, and political factors that has created one of the world’s fastest growing economies.”

Justin

Justin Lish

Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management: The School of Arts and Sciences & The Wharton School, Class of 2021

“This program is an incredible opportunity to expand upon my burgeoning interest in the tech space, and the previous entrepreneurship work I have done focusing on Indian communities. I am hoping to learn more about how I can combine my interests for global health and technology, and gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental challenges Indian tech companies face when developing and implementing new innovations.”

Gabe

Gabe Low

The Wharton School, Class of 2021

“I am excited to be a Wharton India Fellow because of my love for entrepreneurship and innovation. I am seeking business exposure that I feel I cannot get in the classroom alone. The Indian culture is one of a kind and I cannot imagine spending my free time this summer anywhere else. This fellowship will open my eyes to new opportunities and cultures. I would like to know as much about what technologies and personalities are out there to truly make an outsized, global impact.”

Cristina

Cristina Pogorevici

The Wharton School, Class of 2021

“I am fascinated by Bangalore’s recent transformation into an innovation hub. But even more so, I am intrigued to find out how entrepreneurs manage to overcome heavy bureaucracy, corruption, cultural diversity as well as infrastructure challenges (water shortages, electric power outages and poor roads) and still create astounding social and economic impact. I dream of taking on real world problems after I graduate, and I see no better preparation then understanding India’s model and working side-by-side with people that made it possible, on the ground.”

Anthony

Anthony Scarpone-Lambert

Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, Penn Nursing, Class of 2021

“I am beyond excited to learn more about how the growing entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in India has played a role in the country’s healthcare. As a nursing student, the intersection between technology and healthcare excites me, and the Wharton India Fellowship has given me the opportunity to see this intersection on an international scale.”

Coco

Coco Wang

The Wharton School, Class of 2021

“Wharton India Fellows have the unique opportunity to explore fast-growing businesses in early-stages of their lives against the backdrop of an evolving, dynamic country. I am interested in exploring the evolution of entrepreneurship in India and how that network has expanded in recent years while learning how to tailor solutions, build relationships, and solve problems to effectively meet the startup’s needs”

Applications for the 2019-2020 Cohort are now CLOSED. Go to the main Wharton India Fellows webpage via the button below to learn more. 

Questions

Email: Jill Anick, Senior Associate Director, Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship (janick@wharton.upenn.edu)

This new Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship initiative is made possible by: Sashi P. Reddi, GRW’94, SRI Capital