Archive for the ‘VIP’ Category

Technically Philly: How Jeffrey Babin teaches Penn students to ‘look at the fish’ [Q&A]

February 19, 2014
Jeffrey Babin, VIP advisor and entrepreneurship teaching extraordinaire, tells Technically Philly about his complex career in entrepreneurship and education.

It really never is a straight line, is it, entrepreneurs? MORE They connect patients suffering rare diseases to experts who can treat them

February 19, 2014
“They connect patients suffering rare diseases to experts who can treat them.” That’s Speso Health, founded by Jonathan McEuen and Rajiv Mahale, who gave a great interview to

Thanks for the shoutouts to the WBPC and VIP! MORE

Daily News: Smartphone owners get a charge out of his kiosks

December 12, 2013
Just love how much terrific press Doug Baldasare WG’12 and his company ChargeItSpot are getting these days. Terrific interview in about how he founded the business — and a nice shout out to VIP! (Thanks, Doug!) MORE

An Entrepreneurial Life: Of Mercer: Apparel for Modern, Professional Women

September 5, 2013

“Wearing pantsuits make many women feel like they are imitating their male counterparts. We want to produce something more feminine and fashionable that allows women to feel confident.”

That’s how Emelyn Northway, co-founder, with Dorie Golkin (both WG’13) of Of Mercer, describes their aesthetic.

This terrific article describes their journey from dorm-room startup to full-time business. MORE

CNN Money: Knowing when to call it quits on your startup

January 16, 2013

Venture Initiation Program advisor Professor Patrick FitzGerald shares his thoughts about “Knowing when to call it quits on your startup” on MORE

Poets and Quants: Another Low-Cost MBA Loan Option

January 9, 2013

Wharton alum David Klein, co-founder of CommonBond Co, gives a great shout-out to our educational business incubator, the Venture Initiation Program: “When you are selected, there is instant credibility because the venture committee is very much part of the startup scene on campus.” MORE

The Daily Pennsylvanian: Wharton graduates’ startups take off despite the odds

November 26, 2012

Wharton Entrepreneurship Senior Associate Director Clare Leinweber, with ZocDoc founder Cyrus Massoumi W’98 and SocialQ founder Troy Woolley WG’10, discuss what it takes to build a successful startup. MORE

New York Times: Got the Next Great Idea?

July 20, 2012

The New York Times quotes Venture Initiation Program advisor Professor Jeffrey Babin (C’85/WG’91) on the rise of campus incubators to support student entrepreneurs. MORE

Technically Philly: “Embrace Hearing: reduced price hearing aid venture records profit after four months”

March 19, 2012

Sam Tanzer WG’12 and Ross Porter are co-founders of Wharton Venture Initiation Program company Embrace Hearing. According to Porter: “There is a lot of communication through the VIP program where we get a lot of local entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists that come and give talks,” said Porter. “It’s very direct communication with them and it’s probably something you wouldn’t really see in Silicon Valley because there are so many people out there with their ideas that they’re trying to get across.” MORE

Philadelphia Business Journal: “Don’t let the VC vibe pass us by”

January 6, 2012

According to Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs faculty member Patrick FitzGerald, “Philadelphia is looking at a major opportunity to attract and maintain the next generation of entrepreneurs [as] the combination of some of the top business schools in the country and phenomenal incubator programs like DreamIt Ventures and Wharton’s Venture Initiation Program have laid the groundwork for an entrepreneurial and job creating boom.” (1/6/2012) MORE

The Daily Pennsylvanian: “Penn twins launch educational magazine”

December 6, 2011

Wharton Venture Initiation Program company Memunatu Magazine is co-founded by Penn seniors Fatmata and Mariama Kabia. “[In] Sierra Leone … there is a totally different economy and media culture — there is virtually no such thing as teenage magazines,” Mariama said. “We want to tailor the magazine toward [that demographic] so that it will help [them] but also be fun.” (12/4/2011) MORE features Wharton alum Jeff Henretig WG’09

November 22, 2011 In ‘How Millennials Can Survive And Thrive In The New Economy’, Wharton alum Jeff Henretig WG’09 says that “I learned more from starting up and operating Coup de Taco [a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company] than I’ve learned doing anything professionally in my life.” (11/16/2011) MORE

TechCrunch features Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company on front page

October 21, 2011

TechCrunch: “SV Angel, Chamath Palihapitiya, And Others Back Brazil’s” – a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company, co-founded by Davis Smith WG’11/G’11 MORE

TechCrunch profiles Wharton Venture Initiation Program company Coursekit

June 28, 2011

Coursekit, co-founded by Joe Cohen (W’13) and Dan Getelman (W’12/E’12), raises $1M in seed funding. Investors include Founder Collective, IA Ventures, Shasta Ventures and some angels. (6/27/11) MORE

Wharton Venture Initiation Program alum company Kembrel featured on

June 27, 2011

Kembrel cofounder Stephan Jacob talks about providing retailers with access to the sought-after demographic of college students. Kembrel is a Wharton Venture Initiation Program alumni company and winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2009-2010 Wharton Business Plan Competition.  MORE

CBS Sunday Morning profiles Wharton Venture Award winners Warby Parker

June 27, 2011

Warby Parker, cofounded by 4 friends who met at Wharton, is a “visionary business…striving to be a force for good” WATCH HERE

Business Insider features Venture Initiation Program alum Phil Cortes (WG’11)

June 27, 2011

Philip Cortes, cofounder of Meeteor and alum of Wharton Venture Initiation Program, shares the entrepreneurial lessons he learned from his parents in Business Insider. MORE

Forbes features Coursekit & co-founder Joe Cohen W’13

May 23, 2011

Read about co-founder Joe Cohen’s (W’13) plans for Coursekit, software designed to make student-professor online interaction “delightful”.
(Coursekit is a Wharton Venture Initiation Program company & Wharton Venture Award winner.) MORE

Fast Company: 2 Wharton undergrads included on Most Creative list

May 20, 2011

Jack Abraham (W’08), founder of (which sold to eBay in 2010) #38 on Fast Company’s list of 100 Most Creative People in Business. MORE

Charlie Javice (W’14), founder of microfinance platform PoverUP, #99 MORE

Daily Pennsylvanian: VIP member Charlie Javice W’14 and WEP Assoc. Dir. Clare Leinweber quoted

April 14, 2011

In “Wharton freshman launches student microfinance startup”, Wharton freshman Charlie Javice talks about her nonprofit venture, PoverUP (microfinance platform created by students for students). MORE

ABC News: Wharton MBA Gayle Laakmann on building “The Google Resume”

April 7, 2011

Wharton MBA Gayle Laakman (WG’11) shares tips from her new book, The Google Resume, and discusses how to get hired by Google and similar companies.  MORE

VIP company Kembrel on

March 31, 2011

Wharton VIP company Kembrel is chosen by Mashable as a company “Winning Big With Facebook Commerce” (3/22/2011)  MORE

The Providence Phoenix: VIP company Catapulter featured for making ground travel “smarter”

February 24, 2011

In “Catapulter wants you to travel smarter”, Catapulter (a Wharton VIP Company) founders Jen Cheng WG’11 and Adam Waaramaa WG’11, discuss how using their service will make planning ground travel easier. MORE WEP and VIP featured in “More Business Schools Embracing Do-gooders”

January 3, 2011

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs Managing Director Emily Cieri discusses the growing interest of MBA students in social enterprise. MORE

Philadelphia CP: VIP Company Hydros Bottle is “Genius in a Bottle”

April 23, 2010

An article in this week’s Philadelphia City Paper features VIP company Hydros Bottle and the two Penn grads behind the startup. MORE