Soceana: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Tess Michaels C’15/W’15 (Team Leader) and Natasha Doherty W’18 (Team Member) of Soceana

Soceana is a Software-as-a-Service technology platform that enables corporations to better manage and promote corporate social responsibility. Soceana’s corporate volunteerism tools enable skills-based matching, data metrics, and employee engagement through social media. Soceana bridges philanthropy and volunteerism using a patent-pending digital social good currency. Soceana’s SaaS platform integrates the internal CSR systems with a vibrant social media network generating social good of a higher order of magnitude.

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Silver Lining: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Rel Lavizzo-Mourey WG’15 (WEMBA-West), Team Leader for Silver Lining

Team Members: Miriam Williams C’04/WG’15 (WEMBA-East), Pav Dharwarkar WG’15 (WEMBA-West)

Silver Lining is a double bottom line company that creates custom lined outerwear in collaboration with artists to highlight the idea that “It’s what’s inside that counts.”

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Prayas Analytics: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Yash Kothari W’15, Team Leader for Prayas Analytics

Team Member: Pranshu Maheshwari C’15/W’15

Prayas Analytics is an analytics solution that lets brick-and-mortar retailers run tests and optimize in-store operations. By collecting continuous data on store operations, we allow retailers to make changes to their in-store offering, similarly to how tools like Google Analytics allow websites to be optimized. All of the data is collected seamlessly by analyzing the video feeds from security cameras in the store.

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KidFoods: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Neil Vangala WG’16, Team Leader for KidFoods

Team Member: Rishi Reddy WG’16

KidFoods is a revolutionary service that delivers healthy, affordable meals to children through a solution that is more convenient and comprehensive than any other product on the market.

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FOCUS Foods: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Julia Kurnik WG’15 (Team Leader) and Geoff Becker (Team Member) for FOCUS Foods

FOCUS Foods’ urban aquaponics farm will be a self-sustaining symbiotic fish and produce system serving the local Philadelphia community.

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Fever Smart: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Aaron Goldstein W’16, Team Leader of Fever Smart

Team Members: Collin Hill W’16, William Duckworth ENG’16, Becca Goldstein C’14

Fever Smart is a smart patch thermometer that allows you to monitor temperature continuously and remotely using your smartphone.

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Bungalow Insurance: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist

By Tom Austin WG’15 (Team Leader) and Zack Stiefler WG’15 (Team Member) for Bungalow Insurance

Bungalow Insurance is using technology and design to create an insurance experience that meets the needs, habits and expectations of Millennial consumers.

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A Walk and Talk with Prof. Kartik Hosanagar

Wharton Professor Kartik Hosanagar invites students to join him for his walk home from work. Katlyn Grasso W’16, founder of GenHERation, Venture Initiation Program member, Wharton Venture Award winner, walked with him one night, and they talked about her interest in social entrepreneurship.

Talks like this between professors and students are what make the Wharton experience truly exceptional—and turn aspiring entrepreneurs in to founders. Click here for their Walk and Talk.

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At Wharton | San Francisco, Spring Means Spring Pitch

By Munish Dayal WG’15, Co-founder of Bloom2Bloom

In addition to Wharton’s Business Plan Competition, Wharton’s Spring Pitch competition is the capstone event of a year filled with entrepreneurial activities at Wharton | San Francisco.  Every year, hundreds of teams compete for a chance to pitch their startup in front of prominent venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, and members of the wider Wharton community who attend the event.  I was lucky enough to be selected to pitch a startup company I co-founded with my friend Laurenne Resnik called Bloom2Bloom.

Munish Dayal WG'15 and Laurenne Resnik, Co-founders of Bloom2Bloom.

Munish Dayal WG’15 and Laurenne Resnik, Co-founders of Bloom2Bloom.

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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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