Connecting the Dots

By Andrew Dunn W’12

Shortly after graduating in 2012 I submitted a WE Blog post that captured my enthusiasm for pursuing a road less traveled, and encouraged other aspiring entrepreneurs to take advantage of the universe of opportunities available. Two years later, I’m back to share some relevant findings from my entrepreneurial journey around so far:

Andrew Dunn W'12 and his coworkers at a Bima Cambodia launch event.

Andrew Dunn W’12 and his coworkers at a Bima Cambodia launch event.

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Building Transformative Relationships: Entrepreneurs Summit at WhartonǀSan Francisco

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

WhartonǀSan Francisco and Wharton Entrepreneurship co-hosted a very successful Entrepreneurs Summit last week, connecting entrepreneurs with investors and talent in the Bay Area. Relationships are at the heart of every entrepreneurial endeavor, and this summit gave entrepreneurs a chance to learn more about the importance of relationships—and to build some new ones.

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Bringing Together the Venture Capitalist and the Entrepreneur: Management 804

By Will Mroz WG’15

In venture capital and entrepreneurship, you learn from experience and from others.  During MGMT 804: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management with lecturer Henry Han, I was able to sharpen my investing skills through extensive in class discussions, a term sheet negotiation simulation, and enriching readings.  Though the class is only a quarter long, I was able to dig deep into valuation, deal structuring, term sheet mechanics, due diligence frameworks, and fund arrangement.

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VIP Gift Guide

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

Looking for the perfect present to give this holiday season? Want to support Penn entrepreneurs? Give a gift from one of our Venture Initiation Program companies! Or treat yourself…

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Introducing the 2014-2015 Y-Prize Finalists

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

This post originally appeared on the Mack Institute News site.

In Round 1 of the 2014-2015 Y-Prize Competition, a record number of 19 cross-disciplinary teams proposed creative applications for Penn nanotechnologies. Submissions included a video pitch and slide deck that the judges evaluated on market opportunity, value proposition, team strength, and execution plan. The finalists proposed uses for graphene, fast-charging batteries, and tunable adhesion that ranged from environmentally sustainable business solutions to counterfeit protection. One team even incorporated two of the three featured technologies into their proposal.

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Get to Know a Wharton Prof: Lori Rosenkopf

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, Lori Rosenkopf, is the Simon and Midge Palley Professor at the Wharton School and the Vice Dean and Director of the Wharton Undergraduate Division.  Learn more about her here.

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Creating a New Food System

By Catherine Gonzalez W’16

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the Wharton Social Impact Initiative blog.

Wharton junior Catherine Gonzalez spent her summer working on growth and sales strategies for a local food hub with a mind for community impact. Wharton Social Impact Initiative provided her with funding and support through the Bendheim Fellows Social Impact Fund.

Photo credit: Aaron Guo W'17

Photo credit: Aaron Guo W’17

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Davis Smith: Making the World a Better Place, Through Entrepreneurship

Davis Smith - Cotopaxi headshotDavis Smith’s (WG’11/G’11) inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur was always to have a positive impact on the less fortunate. He founded Baby.com.br, Brazil’s leading baby care e-commerce site, while still a Wharton student. Then, in the fall of 2013, he chose to move on from Baby.com.br in order to pursue his dream. Continue reading 

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Lessons from the Wharton Small Business Development Center

By Michael Mirski W’14

Graduation is a time for reflection. After four years of Wharton classes and three years at the Wharton Small Business Development Center working with dozens of businesses, I’ve thought back on my time in business school to try to articulate a few fundamental lessons about “business” that I’ve experienced through the years. I hope they might be useful to both current and aspiring entrepreneurs:

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Taking the Leap of Faith: Penn alumni reflect on what made them jump into the startup world

By Karthik Sridharan W’07/ENG’07, Co-founder and CEO of Kinnek

When I started Kinnek with my co-founder in early 2012, a lot of people told me that I was taking a big risk. I was quitting a lucrative hedge fund job, and it seemed on the surface that I was throwing away a chance at stable career progression. And yet I was very comfortable with my decision.

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