Students Gain New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in Israel

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Dr. Sam Kherani

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Tim Rickey

Entrepreneurship is a popular topic among Wharton EMBA students on both coasts. It also was the focus of the Global Business Week trip to Israel. We recently talked to West Coast student Dr. Sam Kherani, a dentist and entrepreneur in Calgary, Canada, and East Coast student Tim Rickey, systems engineering manager at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, NJ, about their experience on that trip. Here is what they said:

 

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One Question: When is a for-profit company the right choice for a social entrepreneur?

When is a for-profit company the right choice for a social entrepreneur?

Philip Wilson WG’94, Founder of Ecofiltro, is committed to providing sustainable, clean water to rural families in Guatemala, and in 2009 he turned Ecofiltro into a for-profit company. Here, he explains why other social entrepreneurs might also decide to structure their startups as for-profit:

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From Wharton to Silicon Valley

By Parker Brown W’19

This semester, I had the opportunity to take Culture of Technology, a half-credit course taught by Lori Rosenkopf, the Vice Dean and Director of the Wharton Undergraduate Division. During the bi-weekly sessions, we had the chance to hear from Wharton alumni who are currently working in the technology sector. These guest speakers ran the gamut from serial entrepreneurs to venture capitalists and shared with us their experiences in pursuing careers in Silicon Valley.

Image credit: Samykolon

Image credit: Samykolon

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Introducing the 2015-2016 Y-Prize Finalists

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By Michelle Eckert, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Mack Institute

Since 2012, the Y-Prize Competition has become a familiar fixture for Penn students interested in the intersection of engineering and business. This most recent iteration of the contest tweaked the script, however, with a new focus on technologies invented in a medical context. Students were invited to propose innovative new uses for these technologies both in and out of the medical field. Continue reading 

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2015 VIP Holiday Gift Guide

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

This holiday season, support student entrepreneurs by buying gifts from their startups! Members of our Venture Initiation Program have delightful gifts that your loved ones would be thrilled to unwrap:

Barring Eyewear Stunning sunglasses made from premium woods or high-grade matted acetate make a terrific fashion statement, and you’ll be pleased at the low price for these luxury frames. A portion of the price funds cancer research as well, making Barring just the latest Wharton-founded glasses company with a social mission.

Photography by J.N. Anderson on behalf of Barring Eyewear

Photography by J.N. Anderson on behalf of Barring Eyewear

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Cancer Doesn’t Get A Winter Break

By Erica Sokol SPP16, Founder of StudentsCare

Holiday season is officially among us! While most of us are making plans for New Years or worrying about what to get for the class/office White Elephant gift exchange, there are over 40,000 children fighting cancer, whose parents are worrying their child might not make it to Christmas. Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t get a Winter Break.

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NOMsense Bakery Celebrates the Holiday by Giving, Collaborating, and Innovating

By Alina Wong C’16 and Roopa Shankar W’16, Co-founders of NOMsense Bakery

‘Tis the season to celebrate indulgent moments through dessert with NOMsense Bakery, an e-commerce start-up that specializes in gourmet and handcrafted cookie sandwiches. The business, now officially a part of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program, is led by Alina Wong (C’16) and Roopa Shankar (W’16) and aims to add some innovation to the dessert space on the Penn campus… and to make the experience surrounding dessert fun again for Penn students.

Red velvet cookies, chocolate ganache filling, sugar drizzle, crushed Oreo topping.

Red velvet cookies, chocolate ganache filling, sugar drizzle, crushed Oreo topping.

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Another Wharton Alum Kickstarts Into Crowdfunding

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

By Matthew Brodsky, Editor, Wharton Magazine

Stephanie Hessler WG’89 wants to help you celebrate the women in your life. But first, she wants you to help her.

Hessler’s Everyday Greetings for Extraordinary Girlfriends line includes cards for busy moms, thank-yous and birthdays, such as these examples from her Kickstarter campaign page.

Hessler’s Everyday Greetings for Extraordinary Girlfriends line includes cards for busy moms, thank-yous and birthdays, such as these examples from her Kickstarter campaign page.

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Are You An Intrapreneur?

By Justine Lai WG’16

Over the past few years, Wharton has become a hub for entrepreneurship; beyond increasing its related class offerings, aspiring entrepreneurs at Wharton have access to support and funding through resources like Wharton Entrepreneurship, Weiss Tech House, and the Penn Center for Innovation, along with student-run communities like the Founders Club and E-Club.

But even as more and more Wharton students enter with entrepreneurial ambitions, the truth is that most are unlikely to start a company immediately or even five years after school. An enormous opportunity exists for Wharton to provide these students the tools and training to become intrapreneurs.

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The Innovation and Design Club, busy innovating and designing.

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YouthHack Philly Startup Tour

By Tiffany Chang W’19

Growing up in the Kaka’ako neighborhood in my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, I became exposed to the budding startup culture that trickled across the Pacific from the Bay Area. What I found most intriguing about this culture was its ability to define a problem in society and creatively find a solution to it. Back home, I joined a fellows group called the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, which helped me gain the tools to become a leader and cofound Hawaii’s first student coworking space, The Canvas. Upon arriving at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, I knew I wanted to take my ideas to a whole new level. Inside the classroom, Wharton allows me to study across a wide variety of fields with the best resources. Outside the classroom, I joined clubs and programs like YouthHack FreshStart, which has given me opportunities and resources to transform my ideas into reality.

YoutHack Philly with Curalate founder Apu Gupta WG'05 at the Curalate office.

YoutHack Philly with Curalate founder Apu Gupta WG’05 at the Curalate office.

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