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

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

WIVA Facilitates Impact Investment into Melanence, an E-Learning Startup Focused on Communities of Color

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A team of Penn students in Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA) helped facilitate an impact investment into Melanence – an online professional ecosystem where communities of color are empowered to grow skills, build networks, and earn additional income. After conducting rigorous due diligence on Melanence, the student team at WhartonRead More

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Harvard Business School, and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Collaborate on Impact Investing Data Collection

New joint effort will advance both research and practice in impact investing PHILADELPHIA, October 28, 2020 – Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, the Harvard Business School Impact Collaboratory, and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School announced today the launch of the ImpactRead More

Project Sage 3.0: New Gender Lens Investing Report

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What’s the latest in the world of gender lens investing? This month, Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Catalyst at Large published Project Sage 3.0. This new impact investing report tracks venture capital, private equity, and private debt with a gender lens, analyzing data and trends through December 2019. How bigRead More

Announcing the 2020 Total Impact Portfolio Challenge Finals

The Total Impact Portfolio Challenge is a year-long, graduate student impact investing competition produced in collaboration by Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Total Impact. Students from graduate schools around the country show how they would use the power of capital markets to deliver both financial and social returns. This year,Read More