Student Perspective: What We Learned about Food Insecurity from this Impact VC Firm

Wharton MBA candidates Julia Enyart, Alice Tang, and Boyce Whitesides reflect on what they learned while working with an early-stage venture capital firm focused on “profit and purpose.” Founded by social entrepreneur Derek Handley, Aera VC is an early-stage venture capital firm that seeks to be a catalyst for theRead More

K@W: Why Impact Investing Has Reached a Tipping Point

More major mainstream investment managers are flocking to impact investments. Already, funds invested in it are well into the tens of trillions and some foundations are committing to invest their endowments in it. Perhaps even more telling than these indicators suggesting that impact investing is heading toward the mainstream: MoreRead More

Social Innovator in Residence Program to Host Entrepreneur Derek Handley, Nov. 2-3

Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce that Derek Handley will be added to the list of social impact innovators to visit campus through the Angella and David Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence Program. The Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence Program aims to foster meaningful interactions between current studentsRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: The Art of the Pitch

All week long we’ve been highlighting some of the key lessons aspiring impact entrepreneurs must address in order to succeed. Now that you’ve learned about asking the right questions, finding partners who share your vision, and keeping it simple, it’s time to address one oft-overlooked area: yourself. Specifically, how toRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Finding the Right Investors

We’re continuing Impact Entrepreneurship Week series with an entry from our director of impact investing, Harry Douglas. His advice: “Find funders who understand your mission, vision, and values.” All week long we’re sharing perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlighting some of the key lessons aspiring impact entrepreneurs must address in orderRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Keep it Simple

We’re continuing Impact Entrepreneurship Week series with an entry from our senior director, Jacob Gray. His advice: keep it simple. All week long we’re sharing perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlighting some of the key lessons aspiring impact entrepreneurs must address in order to succeed. Read the rest of the impactRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: Feed Your Bottom Line

More students are engaging in impact entrepreneurship than ever before. Today’s young entrepreneurs believe in applying business solutions to the world’s toughest problems, and they’re putting their Penn-developed skills to use in starting and scaling enterprises that work toward solutions. This week we’re sharing our perspectives on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and highlightingRead More

Impact Entrepreneurship Week: 5 Lessons from WSII

Inspired by everything from Warby Parker to the Sustainable Development Goals, more students are engaging in impact entrepreneurship than ever before. Today’s young entrepreneurs believe in applying business solutions to the world’s toughest problems, and they’re putting their Penn-developed skills to use in starting and scaling enterprises to tackle theseRead More

Student Perspective: 5 Lessons Learned from Social Entrepreneurship in East Africa

Call me a glutton for punishment, but I love working in challenging environments that require difficult and entrepreneurial solutions. That’s how I wound up working with East African startups for three years prior to Wharton and again for my 2015 summer internship. I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurship in emergingRead More

Student Perspective: Balancing Profits and Purpose at Kate Spade & Company

One of the highlights of my Wharton experience was leading a team of five Wharton students to work with Kate Spade & Company on the On Purpose initiative, which focuses on women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda. When I first heard about Kate Spade & Company’s On Purpose initiative, I was excited to learn thatRead More