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

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

Bobby and Lauren Turner Deepen Their Commitment to the Wharton Social Impact Initiative

PHILADELPHIA, September 23, 2020 — The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a $2.5 million commitment from undergraduate alumni Bobby Turner, W’84 and Lauren Golub Turner, W’85 to sustain and strengthen the MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) program, a collaboration between the WhartonRead 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

Client Applications Now Open for the Fall 2019 WISE Program

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Industry professionals: are you looking for bright talent to help you with a challenging social impact project? Take this opportunity to work with Wharton and Penn students and apply to become a client with the WISE Program. Student fellows in the WISE Program support clients with research, consulting, and strategyRead More

New, Award-Winning Research on Impact Investing by Wharton Faculty and Collaborators

How real is the impact in impact investing? One way to answer this question is to investigate the legal contracts that bind impact investors. To what extent do these contracts reinforce a commitment to impact? “Contracts with Benefits,” a new study by researchers at the Wharton School, Chicago Booth, andRead More