What's happening in Social Impact

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

Penn Medicine and Wharton Social Impact Initiative Launch New $5 Million Investment Initiative for Businesses that Improve Health of Philadelphians

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“Fund for Health” announced first round of funding for companies that aim to strengthen social determinants of health             PHILADELPHIA, August 31, 2021—Three start-up companies will be the first to receive investment from the Fund for Health, a joint partnership between Penn Medicine and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative ofRead More

Virtual Event: “Impact Investing – Evolution, Trends, and Future” with Penn Wharton China Center

Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to join the Penn Wharton China Center for their “Penn at Work – Making Your Future – 2021 and Beyond” virtual speaker series. Join Katherine Klein, Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and Rajith Sebastian, Director, Special Projects, Impact Investing, on Wednesday,Read More

WIVA Helps Facilitate Impact Investment into Ed-Tech Startup mytaptrack

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After rigorous due diligence, the student team at Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA) is excited to help facilitate an impact investing deal for mytaptrack, an education technology startup, on the crowdfunding platform Netcapital. Over seven million students in the US have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) to suit their specialRead More

Paid Social Impact Summer Internships for 1st Year MBAs

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First-year MBAs, are you looking for a paid summer 2021 internship in social impact? Check out these three opportunities. Not only will you gain valuable experience, but you’ll also work with Wharton alumni! 1. Government: Social Enterprise Finance Team Intern with U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) The DFC’s SocialRead More

17 Social Impact Leaders Receiving Loan Forgiveness Awards in 2021

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The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service. These 17 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