What's happening in Social Impact

WIVA students connected a gaming startup addressing youth mental health to crowdfunding platform

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Students at Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA), an experiential investing program at the Wharton School, are excited to connect SuperBetter to the crowdfunding platform Republic for a potential impact investment. SuperBetter is a science-backed mental health startup addressing mental health challenges for youth.Read More

WIVA students research an Edtech startup helping children with learning challenges and direct it to a fundraising platform

After rigorous research, the student team at Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA) is excited to suggest BrainLeap Technologies, an education technology startup, to the crowdfunding platform Netcapital in order for it to potentially receive funding from investors.Read More

A Letter from Katherine Klein

After ten years as Wharton’s Vice Dean for Social Impact, Katherine Klein has passed the baton to Witold “Vit” Henisz, who will lead an exciting new chapter as Vice Dean and Faculty Director of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative at the Wharton School. Read More

Investing in Change at the 2022 Total Impact Portfolio Challenge

Each year the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge invites student teams to put theory into practice to create a “100% impact portfolio” for a hypothetical client. This year’s client was a fictitious $250 million dollar university endowment with a focus on tackling climate change and income inequality. The student teams were tasked with building a portfolio and demonstrating how the portfolio meets the endowment’s impact goals, financial return goals, target asset allocation, and risk tolerance.Read More

14 Social Impact Leaders Receiving Loan Forgiveness Awards in 2022

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The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service. These 14 Bendheim Fellows are examples of Wharton alumni who are using their business acumen in finance, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more to solve the world’s mostRead More

WSII Welcomes Impact Research Associate Riya Jagdish Kadam

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Wharton sophomore Linda Wu interviews Riya Jagdish Kadam, a new staff member at WSII. After graduating from UCLA, Riya now uses her background in research to help collect and analyze data for WSII’s Impact Finance Database. She is excited about exploring Penn’s campus—but not so excited for the weather. WhatRead More

WSII Welcomes Impact Program Associate Vaibhav Gowda

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Wharton sophomore Linda Wu interviews Vaibhav Gowda, a new staff member at WSII. After first hearing about WSII through a friend and a LinkedIn post, Vaibhav Gowda is now the team’s new Impact Program Associate. I had the chance to speak with him about his background in impact investing, whatRead More

Impact Finance Research Consortium Receives Award from Catalytic Capital Consortium (C3)

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Catalytic capital – investment capital that is patient, risk-tolerant, and flexible – is needed to fight inequality, climate change, and more. We’re proud that the Impact Finance Research Consortium (Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s impact investing research collaboration with Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business)Read More

Applications open for the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund

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Wharton MBA alumni: receive a financial award for your career in social impact. If you’re a recent graduate in a nonprofit, education, government, or social impact career, apply to join the 100+ Wharton alumni who have already received over $2 million in loan forgiveness awards. Applications are now open for the BendheimRead More