It’s What’s Inside That Counts: Rel Lavizzo-Mourey

Rel Lavizzo-Mourey, WG’15, tells us about how her Wharton education shaped the direction of her socially-conscious and fashion forward company, Silver Lining.

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Scale Matters: How to Make Startups Sustainable

By Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School

Wherever I go in the world, everyone is desperately seeking innovation and they’re looking to Silicon Valley for inspiration. This is true for places as different as Tokyo and Dubai, Amsterdam and Mumbai, Beijing and Singapore.Image 600x450 Continue reading 

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Ask an Entrepreneur: Angel Investors

In this new series, we’ll pose questions from student entrepreneurs to our entrepreneurial instructors, and let you read their answering chatter. Casual, off-the-cuff, intelligent, informed responses are guaranteed. Want to ask a question? Email entrepreneurship@wharton.upenn.edu and include “Ask an Entrepreneur” in the subject line.  

Nupur Joshi WG’16 asked:

At what stage should I pursue angel investors, and what level of preparedness do I need for initial conversations?

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Tyler Wry, Patrick Fitzgerald, and Jeffrey Babin

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The Last Piece of the Puzzle

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

Richard Perlman W’68 met the founders of RightCare Solutions, Eric Heil ENG’05/WG’12, Matt TanzerW’02/WG’05, and Mrinal Bhasker WG’12, at the 2012 Venture Finals of the Wharton Business Plan Competition. RightCare Solutions had just won the Grand Prize, and at the awards event, he introduced himself to the team. While giving Eric his business card, Richard told him, “The ball is in your court, please call me.”

Unsurprisingly, he heard from Eric within less than a day.

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Pitching to Wharton San Francisco

By Miranda Wang C’16, founder of BioCellection

Editor’s note: Before she was the first undergraduate to win the Business Plan Competition (with a record breaking five prizes!), Miranda Wang attended Spring Pitch at Wharton San Francisco. 

At first, I didn’t even know that Wharton had a campus in San Francisco.

Then when I did learn about Wharton San Francisco, it sounded too fancy for someone like me: a mere undergrad, always running around trying to get small grants here and there to bootstrap a startup. Rumor had it that the lecture halls looked like Huntsman classrooms except “much nicer”—but I didn’t actually know anyone who had been inside.

Miranda Wang C;16 at Spring Pitch

Miranda Wang C’16 at Spring Pitch

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Welcome to New Wharton SBDC Director Celeste Corrado

By Clare Leinweber WMP’05/GR’14, Managing Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

I am delighted today to welcome Celeste Corrado as the new Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC)! Celeste was appointed after an extensive search by a committee of leaders from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Entrepreneurship, and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center. She brings to her new role over 20 years of professional experience in consulting, innovation, strategy, and education.

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BioCellection Wins 5 Wharton Business Plan Competition Awards–Including Perlman Grand Prize!

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

BioCellection won the $30,000 Perlman Grand Prize of the 2016 Wharton Business Plan Competition—as well as the Wharton Social Impact Prize, the Gloeckner Undergraduate Award, the Michelson People’s Choice Award, and the Committee Award for Most ‘Wow Factor,’ making them the first team in BPC history to win five awards. Founded by University of Pennsylvania undergraduates Miranda Wang, Alexander Simafranca, and Eric Friedman, and their teammates Jeanny Yao and Daniel Chapman, BioCellection is the first undergraduate team to win the Grand Prize. The prizes were awarded at the Wharton School’s annual Venture Finals on April 28, 2016, where student finalists received more than $125,000 in combined cash prizes and in-kind legal/accounting services.

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2016 Wharton Business Plan Competition Grand Prize winners Jeanny Yao, Miranda Wang C’16, and Alexander Simafranca C’18, founders of BioCellection.

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Come to the Venture Finals!

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WeTrain: #WhartonBPC Finalist

Come see WeTrain and all the Great Eight Finalists in the Wharton Business Plan Competition pitch live, for over $125,000 in prizes, at the Venture Finals, Thursday, April 28. Register here.WeTrain 600x450 Continue reading 

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Qorum: #WhartonBPC Finalist

Come see Qorum and all the Great Eight Finalists in the Wharton Business Plan Competition pitch live, for over $125,000 in prizes, at the Venture Finals, Thursday, April 28. Register here.Qorum 600x450 Continue reading 

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