By Jill Anick, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship
Wharton Entrepreneurship is proud to be housed within The Wharton School but we’re aware that our name and location can mislead students. You certainly don’t need to pursue an MBA to participate in our programs! The reality is that we work with students, undergrad and grad, across the University. Over the years we’ve stepped up our outreach outside of Wharton and we’re excited to see increased levels of awareness and engagement from students in Engineering, the College, and across the graduate schools – from pretty much every population on campus. Of course, we’re always looking for student advocates to spread the message of entrepreneurship at Penn. We hope that our ongoing work to inform and involve the wider Penn population will grow Penn’s entrepreneurial community.
Each year we run a program that is only for undergraduate students at Penn – Venture a Guess! This online trivia contest focuses on Penn entrepreneurship. Right now, undergrad students can register to answer a weekly trivia question (and accumulate points by answering correctly) for a chance to win some pretty amazing prizes, like a gift certificate for dinner at Fork or a prize package from the Penn Computer Connection. The students with the most points go into a drawing to win the Second Prize, club box seats to a Sixers game (generously donated by Penn alumnus founded company Henry A. Davidsen Master Tailors and Image Consultants) or the Grand Prize, a round-trip domestic airline ticket from Southwest Airlines. Who’s up for a last minute Spring Break trip?
We’re also super excited to sponsor PennApps once again– it is the largest university Hackathon in the world! We’ve developed a strong relationship with the organizers and look forward to supporting this event as it evolves at Penn. You can read what organizer Pulak Mittal (M&T’14) had to say about the growth of PennApps on our blog, as well as PennApps organizer James Feuereisen’s (C’15/W’15) post about the Tech Trek to Silicon Valley over Fall Break.
We know that, while plenty of MBAs make great entrepreneurs, an MBA is not a prerequisite for a successful entrepreneurial career. It’s exciting to see the growth in interest in entrepreneurship among the wider Penn community. Wharton Entrepreneurship is committed to doing all we can to encourage and support students who are building businesses, working at startups or developing entrepreneurial and technological skills to use on a more traditional career path.