BioCellection Is Ringing the NASDAQ Closing Bell!

Again this year, our Business Plan Competition Grand Prize Winner, BioCellection, is ringing the NASDAQ closing bell. Join us today, Friday, July 1, at 3:45 pm EDT, from wherever you are, via Facebook Live or webcast, as we celebrate these amazing young entrepreneurs!

And in the meantime, enjoy this video about this year’s exciting Venture Finals:

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A New World, Built by Entrepreneurs

By Dilawar Syed WG’02, President of Freshdesk

The rise of entrepreneurial capital and startups in tech hubs across the planet has spurred an economic revolution in communities, regions, and countries around the world and is having a profound socio-economic impact.

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Exit Interview: Aaron Goldstein W’16, Co-founder of Fever Smart

During his time at Wharton, Aaron Goldstein received the President’s Innovation Prize, a Wharton Venture Award, a Wharton Innovation Fund award, a Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund award and a Snider Seed Award, Fever Smart won Second Prize in the 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition, and he was a member of the Venture Initiation Program. Before he graduated last month, we asked him a few questions about what it was like being a student entrepreneur. Here’s what he said:

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Wharton Network Helps Alumna Grow Startup

Wharton San Francisco alumna Rel Lavizzo-Mourey WG’15 launched her luxury outerwear company called Silver Lining Bespoke during her second year in the EMBA program. We recently caught up with Rel and asked her to tell us about her experiences starting a company in school and how Wharton has helped her since graduation. Here is what she said:

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One Question: Why is UX important for entrepreneurs?

We asked Brendan McCorkle ENTM’11, Founder and CEO of Cloudmine, why UX is important for entrepreneurs. Here’s what he told us:

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Hey CEO, That’s Not Your Job Anymore

By Karthik Sridharan W’07/ENG’07, Co-Founder & CEO of Kinnek

This is a message for all you CEOs of early-stage companies.

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As your company goes through various phases of its lifecycle, the CEO role must also undergo some pretty dramatic changes. In the formative days of your company, it’s all hands on deck. It doesn’t matter if you’re CEO or intern, you’re getting your hands dirty with the nitty gritty. That’s unavoidable.CEO 600x450 Continue reading 

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Exit Interview: Jennifer Meller WG’16, Co-founder of Navimize

Recent Wharton Executive MBA grad Jennifer Meller took advantage of every entrepreneurial resource while she was a student, including becoming a member of our incubator, the Venture Initiation Program. Before she graduated last month, we asked her a few questions about her experience as a student entrepreneur. Here’s what she said:

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What Makes Alibaba and Facebook Innovative is Leadership

By Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School

I’ve represented the Wharton School at three big international events so far in 2016 — the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Wharton Global Forum in Kuala Lumpur, and now the China Development Forum in Beijing. “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” has been at the top of every agenda because countries world over are desperately seeking productivity-enhancing innovation, and because startups seem better at generating it than big established organizations. Nowhere was this more clear than in Beijing last week. Amid a star-studded program of political, business, and academic leaders from China and around the world, there were two rockstars — Alibaba founder Jack Ma and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Ask an Entrepreneur: Required Reading

In this series, we pose questions from student entrepreneurs to our entrepreneurial instructors, and let you read their answering chatter. Casual, off-the-cuff, intelligent, informed responses are guaranteed. Want to ask a question? Email entrepreneurship@wharton.upenn.edu and include “Ask an Entrepreneur” in the subject line.  

Nidhi Shah WG’17 asked:

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It’s About the People

By Stephen Robert Morse C’07, Co-founder of Skillbridge

I didn’t go to Wharton.

I majored in English and history—I know what you’re thinking… but at Penn, I started making films and founded a documentary film production company that focused on films that created social change. I teamed up with two friends, Jeff Levin C’07 and Jon Levy W’07 to pitch the company to the Wharton Venture Initiation Program (VIP). Somehow, we beat out a load of talented competitors and were selected for the program.

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