Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA)

Experience impact investing today—work on real impact venture capital deals.

Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA) is a best-in-class impact investing educational program that mirrors typical investment fund activities. With a small team of other Wharton and Penn students, you’ll get hands-on training in sourcing companies that have a social impact mission, while learning how to conduct rigorous due diligence. You’ll then connect entrepreneurs with potential investors, helping facilitate opportunities for real impact investments.

Through WIVA, you’ll also learn cutting-edge impact management and measurement practices, hear from industry experts, and attend networking opportunities throughout the impact investing community.


Wharton & Penn Undergraduate, Graduate, and PhD Students

Time Commitment

8-10 hours per week for the academic calendar year


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“As a WIVA member, my experience has been unparalleled and truly reflective of the path many impact investors experience. I’ve had the opportunity to shape an investment vehicle that builds upon the research of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, deeply question what sectors should command our highest attention and time, and deliberate the age-old question: ‘what standard should be used to measure impact?'”

–Sam Brown, WG’20
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“WIVA helps connect social entrepreneurs with relevant resources like personnel and sources of capital. Our experience working with WIVA has been great thus far. I appreciated the constant interaction and updates– the WIVA team was always aware of our needs and used their networks to help move forward various aspects of our venture.”

–Anup Singh, Co-Founder, InnaMed (WIVA portfolio company)

Are you an investor or a social entrepreneur? Get involved.

Investors, tap into the companies we’re analyzing as inspiration for your own potential investments. Entrepreneurs, get your company assessed by a team who knows what investors are looking for.

Join Wharton’s premier impact investing group.