Student Perspective: Testing a Scale-up Strategy in Sierra Leone

Freetown surprised me. Freetown mesmerized me. Even having previously lived and worked in Africa, I arrived for the summer colored by media portrayals of disease and suffering in Sierra Leone. What I found was a city of poverty, inequalities and inconsistencies yes, but also of beauty, serenity and hope. HighRead More

Wharton Impact Investing Partners launches rebrand, fall recruiting

After eight years, five investments, and numerous awards, Wharton’s student-led impact investing group is ready for something new — and applications are now open. We are pleased to re-introduce the Wharton Impact Investing Partners, rebranded with a new name and new website to better reflect where the organization is goingRead More

Event Recap: Wharton Executive MBAs Attend the Cleantech Open Global Forum

Last month, I had the opportunity to see companies from around the world unveiling breakthrough developments  through the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest accelerator of early-stage clean-technology companies. Cleantech Open Board Member Ron Lusk invited several Wharton Executive MBA students from the San Francisco campus to the Cleantech Open GlobalRead 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

Kellogg, Wharton, and Haas Take Top Honors at MIINT Finals

This Saturday, April 18, the fourth annual MIINT competition—an international training program for business students interested in impact investing—welcomed over 100 participants, judges and guests to the University of Pennsylvania campus for the most well-attended finals to date. After a full day of pitches and deliberation, student teams from KelloggRead More

Summer of Impact: Internship and Funding Opportunities

The summer internship is a crucial part of the business school experience. Spring break may be in the recent past, but have you secured your summer plans yet? Here’s how to apply for funding or an internship position. For undergraduate, graduate and MBA students interested in social impact, there are three waysRead More

Student Perspective: 3 Key Lessons for Social Entrepreneurs

First year MBA candidate Justine Lai shares key takeaways from her experience during the Wharton Social Impact Fellowship in the fall semester. Lai worked with social entrepreneurship accelerator FastFWD, a program launched by WSII, GoodCompany Ventures, and the City of Philadelphia. It’s estimated that nine out of ten startups fail; 42% ofRead More