Student Perspective: Thinking about long-term outcomes with Accion Venture Lab

Second-year Wharton MBA student Nathan Krishnamurthy spent his summer internship at Accion Venture Lab, one of the world’s leading VC groups dedicated to social impact — and in the meantime gained perspective on what it will take to grow the student-run Wharton Social Venture Fund. Social impact investing is an industry thatRead More

Student Perspective: Turning summer break into research for global poverty solutions

Monica Barrett, a student of the Wharton-Harvard Kennedy dual-degree program, reflects on her summer experience conducting research in the agricultural sector in Kenya. Barrett received funding from Wharton Social Impact Initiative to participate in an internship with Innovations for Poverty Action. Increasingly, new enterprises are infusing social missions into the fabric of theirRead More

Welcome MBA Class of 2016!

Welcome! The beginning of the school year is such an exciting time—and our team is especially excited to highlight the different opportunities for students interested in social impact. Who are we? Wharton Social Impact Initiative — or WSII for short — strives to inspire, facilitate, and support the Wharton community inRead More

Wharton Social Impact Initiative announces 2014 MBA loan forgiveness fund

The world of business is changing. With it, Wharton graduates’ aspirations are changing too. For recent Wharton alumni lending their business knowledge to careers in the nonprofit or public sectors, a social-impact focused fund managed by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative can help ease the burden of student loans. The John M. BendheimRead More

NEWS: Top Business Schools Compete at Wharton’s Impact Investing Competition

The winners of this year’s MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) competition were announced at an event attended by over 60 students from seven top U.S. business schools, held at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on March 22. The MIINT program is an initiative of BridgesRead More

Conference to Fill Gap in Social Impact

Major gaps still exist in the social impact ecosystem between entrepreneurs and successful innovators who want to give back to the world, and investors who are willing to support their cause. The only way to truly tackle the world’s growing pains is by closing this gap and finding sustainable solutionsRead More

Student Perspective: Launching a Nonprofit with the Cohort’s Help

“One percent of the developed world’s income could eliminate the leading causes of preventable death in the developing world,” contended Josh McCann during a Wharton persuasive speaking class. My classmate, a Wharton MBA student, was trying to convince professionals to donate 1% of their income to fight extreme poverty andRead More

Wharton SIC hosts social impact conference

This year’s MBA-led social impact conference returns on Friday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Huntsman Hall. With a focus on social innovation, the conference aims to explore how alternate technologies, business models and financial instruments are driving social impact.  The conference features morning keynote speaker Sacha Dichter,Read More