Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow: Inside FinTech

By Cory Oringer W’16, 2014 Neff Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow at Estimize

Interested in doing an internship at a startup this summer? Come to our WE Wednesday session: Is a Startup Internship Right For Me? on October 29, 4:30-5:30pom Jon M. Huntsmann Hall room 365.

This summer I worked at Estimize, a venture capital backed, financial technology (FinTech) start-up. Estimize operates an open platform for crowdsourcing structured financial data such as earnings estimates of publicly-traded US companies, as well as macroeconomic indicator forecasts.

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Left to right: Leigh Drogen, Cory Oringer W’16, and Bob Greene W’82

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Six Reasons to Be a (Graduate) “Studentpreneur”

By Betty Hsu WG’14, Founder of ProfessorWord

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in Education Week.

I worked on ProfessorWord while I was an MBA student, so I’m often asked about my experiences as a “studentpreneur.” One common question is whether I think graduate school is a good time to launch a startup.

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Get to Know a Wharton Prof: Laura Huang

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

In this series, Get To Know A Wharton Prof, we do brief interviews with our professors in order to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of these amazing scholars, teachers, and entrepreneurs. Today’s interviewee, Laura Huang, is an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Wharton. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine, an MBA for INSEAD, and a B.S. in Engineering from Duke University. Learn more about her here.

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Six Financial Tips for Food Businesses

By Keith Kohler G’93/WG’93, President of K2 Financing and food industry consultant

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of advising a wide variety of companies in the food and consumer products spaces.  And I’ve reviewed probably about 10x that amount in business plans and company financials. Along the way, I’ve accumulated a few lessons that continually ring true for startup food businesses:

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$1000s in Free Market Research—At the Library!

By Cathy Ogur, Business Research Librarian at the Lippincott Library

Come see Cathy Ogur talk more about the amazing resources available to entrepreneurial Penn students at WE Weds, October 15, 12-1:20 pm, JMHH 265.

As an entrepreneur on campus, you will be impressed and excited by the types of resources the library provides. Are you looking for trade journals to read to develop ideas; industry research to learn about sectors; demographics databases to identify customers; company directories to create a list of possible competitors; financial benchmarks to draft projections; or deal summaries to understand the funding climate? The library can help! We strive to purchase resources used across academic and corporate settings, including more than 120 business related databases, most of which are available to students, faculty and staff of Penn with their PennKey and password, anywhere they have an internet connection, through the library website.

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ChargeItSpot: The Next Indispensable Retail Service?

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the Wharton Magazine blog.

By Matthew Brodsky, Editor, Wharton Magazine

Doug Baldasare, WG’12, laughs now about the first time he delivered a ChargeItSpot machine, Aug. 12, 2012, to the Whole Foods market in Jenkintown, a suburb of Philadelphia. He pulled up in a rented Ford Fusion, lugged the machine into place, and waited and hoped for the first customer interaction—any interaction. In the first six hours, more than 50 people engaged with the kiosk. Since, Baldasare has forged partnerships with local retailers such as Urban Outfitters, and he’s conducted informal research to prove correlation between charging phones in-store and sales (including shadowing customers in-store and taking notes himself). But Baldasare needed confirmation—if you give consumers a place to charge their mobile devices, securely and for free, will they shop longer and spend more?

A ChargeItSpot device in action at an Urban Outfitter store.

A ChargeItSpot device in action at an Urban Outfitter store.

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The Penn Way To Network

By Kalon Tsang C’14/W’14, Pagevamp Business Development and Marketing Intern, on behalf of the Pagevamp team

How do you transform a college hackathon idea into a venture-backed startup with clients in over 80 countries? In addition to hard work and determination, we ascribe our success to the power of networks: from the immediate support of our family and friends, and across the valuable resources of the greater Penn community.  We have found it far more natural and effective to “network” by creating and nurturing meaningful relationships, rather than collecting business cards at conferences.

The Pagevamp team. Left to right: Atulya Pandey C'13, Julien Loutre (Pagevamp's first hire), Jonathan Pedoeem (Summer Intern), Vincent Sanchez-Gomez C'13, and Fred Wang W'13.

The Pagevamp team. Left to right: Atulya Pandey, C ’13, Julien Loutre (our first hire), Jonathan Pedoeem (Summer Intern), Vincent Sanchez-Gomez, C’13, and Fred Wang W’13.

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PennApps X: The 10th Edition

By Isabelle Park WG’15, member of the PennApps Executive Board

On September 12, over 1200 students travelled to Philadelphia to participate in PennApps, the nation’s premier college hackathon. This fall, PennApps celebrated its 10th edition. Some of the highlights for the hackers included integration with the Architechs, Penn’s hardware hacking club, and a new health hacking track in collaboration with Penn Medicine.

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Robert Haft Entrepreneur in Residence Fall Series Kicks Off for 2014-15

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

On September 30, the Robert Haft Entrepreneur in Residence Fall Series (EIR) kicks off for 2014-15, bringing entrepreneurs with expertise in healthcare, robotics, gaming, fitness, sports, investing, and more to the fourth floor of Vance Hall. All Penn students are welcome to participate; check out the schedule, then register online.

Entrepreneurs in Residence Jeff Raider WG'10, co-founder and co-CEO of Harry's, and Jason Semine L'10/WG'10, director of retail.

Entrepreneurs in Residence Jeff Raider WG’10, co-founder and co-CEO of Harry’s, and Jason Semine L’10/WG’10, director of retail.

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The Very Entrepreneurial Class of 2016

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time on campus. Students return, and suddenly Locust Walk is again crowded with people and leaflets, lines at the bookstore wend through the building, and we at Wharton Entrepreneurship put the finishing touches on the semester’s programming. We can’t wait to see new faces (and welcome back familiar ones) in our WE Weds workshops, WBPC info sessions, and VIP application pool.

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