Intern Fellows, By the Numbers

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

Working at a startup isn’t like working at an established company. At Wharton Entrepreneurship, we know that one path into entrepreneurship is through spending time at a startup, and seeing what it’s really like at a new and growing company—from the inside. Interns at startups often have opportunities that they couldn’t dream of at an established company: there’s so much happening that a motivated intern can own a project and build it from scratch, all in a summer.

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Combining Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning: The Wharton SBDC

By Pirkka Padmanabhan WG’15

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared in The Wharton Journal.

Young rising stars helping young rising stars – what may sound like a cheesy slogan from a dubious self-help group is, in my opinion, the best description of the work that is done by the students, staff and supporters of Wharton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). One of the oldest institutions of its kind, the SBDC supports locally-based entrepreneurs and small businesses of all kinds and sizes: freshly launched start-ups, highly growing ventures and established small businesses.

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Is Getting an MBA Worth It for an Entrepreneur?

By Vikram Joshi WG’08, founder of Proxim Diagnostics and Red Ladder Media

It was the summer of 2006.

The past winter I’d left a mid-level startup job and applied to MBA programs. I’d gotten into Wharton, which was amazing, but I still had some reservations. In my mind, being an entrepreneur and earning an MBA seemed like opposing forces: entrepreneurship is risky, fast-moving, and exciting, while MBA programs felt academic, methodical, and unimaginative.

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The Proxim Diagnostics Profile Reader: the result of Vikram Joshi’s entrepreneurial efforts.

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$400,000+ from Wharton Entrepreneurship to Student Entrepreneurs

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

At Wharton Entrepreneurship, we believe in putting our money where our values are.

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Getting Started for Fashion Entrepreneurs: Find a Designer, Manufacturer, and Supplier

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Thanh’s blog, pthanh.com.

By Thanh Pham C’14, founder of fashion startup Jean & Isola

A little side note to what inspired this post: I was on the Wharton fashion startup trek a few weekends ago (basically a day field trip for MBAs sponsored by the Wharton Entrepreneurship Club) and in between nodding off (it was a long 5 AM bus ride to NYC) and furiously jotting down notes, I started having this strange feeling of déjà vu; I felt like I had already seen my last few sentences somewhere. Sure enough, these were questions and that I had heard, and asked, a few times: when you’re just beginning, how do you find a manufacturer/designer/supplier?

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How To Get Tech Work Done, a Guide for the Non-Tech Founder

By Isaac Sukin, W’14, Founding Member, Dorm Room Fund Philly Investment Team

You’ve got a great idea, you’ve validated the market—but you don’t have the technical skill to build it yourself. What do you do? As a programmer myself and a member of Dorm Room Fund, one of the first venture capital funds run by students, for students, I get asked about this a lot. The advice that I give depends on how much you need done—and how much you’re willing to pay.

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Balancing School & Startups

By Will Fry, Huntsman Program Class of 2017, Dorm Room Fund partner

A question that often plagues student-entrepreneurs is how to balance working on startups and performing well in school. With tuition and fees priced at the upper side of $60,000/year, you want to have the peace of mind that you’re doing the best with the resources you’ve been provided (and paid for!) at school.

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The Good Side of Having No Career Plan to Follow

By Lynne Kielhorn WG’94, co-founder of NovaKera and NanoDrop Technologies

Most people probably will tell you that high achievers must set an aggressive goal, develop a smart plan and work hard putting that plan into action.  And indeed that is how many entrepreneurs find success.  However, there are others, like me, who are quite content to be drawn toward one challenge after another without a specific career plan or path in mind.  For us, life thrills do not come from meeting big career milestones, but rather from the excitement of learning something new and never knowing what will come next.  My new hypothesis is that having this outlook attracts a disproportionate share of opportunities.  And when it comes right down to it, I’m not sure there is anything more valuable in the entrepreneurial world than great opportunities.  This is my career story, still without a plan.

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Serving It Up in the Sharing Economy

By Jeff Henretig WG’09, Founder of East Fourth Partners

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the Wharton Magazine blog.

During a recent dinner, my mom told me she thinks I’m going through a “phase of creative ferment.” What’s this? A self-discovery process where you’re exploring ideas and “letting something good bubble up,” she said. In the past 18 months I’ve worked with one of the most creative people in business and her most creative retail store, an MIT roboticist and her robotic furniture company, an award-winning retail pop-up company, and a number of other incredible entrepreneurs and artists. In that time I’ve also researched, analyzed, tested and written business plans for three or four different business ideas and brainstormed countless others. If this life moment isn’t a “creative ferment,” then I don’t know what is. Like champagne fermenting from fresh pressed grape juice, there are some good things bubbling up.

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One of Jeff’s concoctions: “Love and Happiness,” which includes blueberry, cucumber, ginger, lime juice, cinnamon-infused agave and gin.

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Advice to Graduating Entrepreneurs

By Thanh Pham C’14, founder of fashion startup Jean & Isola

For many of us student entrepreneurs, graduation marks an exciting time—the finish line of academia and the beginning of a full-time career in entrepreneurship. Without the time limitations of academic commitments and physical limitations of university, postgraduate life offers the freedom to fully and freely invest our time.

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