Cure Accelerator Wins BPC Social Impact Prize

By Allie Ilagan, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

When David Fajgenbaum was first diagnosed with multicentric Castleman disease—an extremely rare immune system disorder—he took comfort in the idea that the medical community was working tirelessly to develop effective treatments that would save his life.

David Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc (Med'13/WG'15) and Grant Mitchell, MD, MBA (Med'14/WG'14)

David Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc (Med’13/WG’15) and Grant Mitchell, MD, MBA (Med’14/WG’14)

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Wharton Venture Award: A Judge’s Perspective

By Carol Curley WG’81

This year was my second opportunity to serve as a judge for the Wharton Venture Awards.  In addition to working with a great team of fellow judges to select the award recipients, I also have the opportunity to continue to follow the progress of the students. After last year’s program, I was able to act as a mentor to one of the recipients, Katlyn Grasso, CEO and Founder of GenHERation. The progress she has made on GenHeration is amazing and I was thrilled to learn that Katlyn had recently been awarded the University’s “President’s Engagement Prize” which not only validates her business proposal but also provides funding to help her actually build her business. As an active angel investor, supporting young entrepreneurs and celebrating their successes is one of the most rewarding aspects of being involved in the early-stage ecosystem.

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An MBA on Launch Day

By Nimish Shukla WG’15/G’15, Co-founder of Abaris

For me, becoming an entrepreneur has been an exciting (albeit somewhat unexpected) journey. This isn’t where I thought my MBA would take me, but here I am, working with a team of amazing Penn students—Matt Carey C’07/WG’15 and Adam Colombo ENG’14/W’14—to build a company. Since first meeting in late 2013, we’ve put in months of building, testing and iterating, and now we are excited to announce the launch of Abaris.

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The Abaris team (L to R): Matt Carey C’07/WG’15, Adam Colombo ENG’14/W’14, and Nimish Shukla WG’15/G’15.

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Empowering People to Live Brilliantly: Marc Lore on Company Culture at Jet

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director at Wharton Entrepreneurship

We were lucky enough to have Wharton alumnus Marc Lore—Co-founder and CEO of Jet and Co-founder and former CEO of Quidsi, the e-commerce company responsible for Diapers.com, Soap.com, Wag.com, and more—as the honored guest at our Ninth Annual Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Dinner in Philadelphia. During Marc’s fireside chat with Wharton Emeritus Professor Leonard Lodish, the packed room of Penn and Wharton alumni entrepreneurs learned about how Marc is setting out to revolutionize e-commerce yet again, this time by building a more efficient online shopping ecosystem that benefits both retailers and consumers. For this knowledgeable and interested audience, Marc dug in deep, explaining the logic and ambitions behind Jet’s business model.

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Image credit: Jet

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Fundraising? Consider Your Community Bank

By Robert J. Chalfin, Lecturer at The Wharton School, CPA, JD

While much attention has been focused in recent years on startups raising money from venture capital and private equity funds, another source that should be considered are local community banks (CBs).

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Why Established Firms Should Keep an Eye on Kickstarter

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

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the Mack Institute’s Mack Talks.

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CommonBond: The Entrepreneurial Internship Experience

By Timothy Hager WG’15, Neff Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow

How did you find the position?

I had heard about the company myself through the MBA community, and secured the position through Wharton MBA Career Management.

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The CommonBond team, summer 2015.

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RocksBox: The Entrepreneurial Internship Experience

By Linda Huang WG’15, Wharton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board Intern Fellow

How did you find the position?

I first learned about RocksBox while setting up company visits for the Wharton Tech Startup Trek (Fall 2014). I met the founder of RocksBox (Meaghan Rose, also a Wharton MBA alum) and reached out when I was searching for a startup internship.

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Dagne Dover: The Entrepreneurial Intern Experience

By Makena Finger W’17, Sutton Entrepreneurial Intern Fellow

How did you find the position?

I sent an email to the contact email address listed on Dagne Dover’s website, expressing how much I related to the company and what I thought I could bring as an intern. I interviewed with Melissa Mash (WG’12), the CEO, and then Deepa Gandhi (WG’13), the COO, who ended up being my boss, and that was that!

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The Dagne Dover summer team, with Makena Finger W’17 in the center front and Melissa Mash WG’12, company Co-founder, in the back right.

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Top 5 Tips for Interning at a Startup

By Chelsea Atkins C’16

Compiled from post-startup reflections written by Intern Fellows at Wharton Entrepreneurship, these tips are sure to give you a leg up on the competition!

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Top, middle, bottom; left to right: Luke Chernosky (WG’14), Nashwa Elangbawy (W’15), Edward Wexler-Beron (WG’14), Ray Lei (ENG’16), Deepa Mahajan (WG’14), Esther Jang (WG’14), David Pankiewicz (W’14), Glory Nguyen (WG’14), Steven Johnston, Lennie Zhu (W’14)

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