Social Impact Round Up: Week of April 28

Wharton Social Impact Initiative presents a weekly round-up of events and news related to social impact topics.  As the academic year comes to a close, we’d like to thank all of our supporters throughout this year. WSII looks forward to congratulating this year’s graduating class at Commencement on May 18,Read More

Social Aspirations at Business Plan Competition

The Wharton Business Plan Competition recently announced the winner of its newly-instituted Social Impact Prize: Dana Cita, a microlending firm founded by second year MBA candidate Susli Lie, WG’14, and co-managed by impact investor Tom Schmittzehe, WG ’03. The Social Impact Prize, a $10,000 award, is bestowed upon the strongest business planRead More

News: 10 startups accepted into FastFWD program for civic innovation

FastFWD, a public-private business accelerator designed to stimulate civic innovation, is pleased to announce its first class of entrepreneurs. These 10 startups are focusing on solutions to urban public safety challenges, and will undergo a rigorous three-month program designed to kick-start their early-stage ventures. FastFWD—a partnership among The City ofRead More

Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund Aids Wharton MBAs Employed In Public Service

Bendheim Fellows

Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 recipients of the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service, an award bestowed upon graduates making an impact in the world. Managed by WSII, the Bendheim fund is designed to ease the burden of student loans for selectedRead More

Social Impact Roundup: Week of Dec 2

Wharton Social Impact Initiative presents a weekly round-up of events and news related to social impact topics. These lectures, conferences, speaker series and workshops represent a broad range of social impact opportunities at Wharton and Penn. View previous roundups online. Upcoming Events Everybody’s Business – Social Impact Discussion Dec. 3, Noon-1:30Read More

Knowledge for Social Impact: New Undergraduate Course Announced

Next semester, Wharton will debut a new undergraduate social impact course taught by Katherine J. Klein, Vice Dean for Social Impact and Professor of Management. Introducing:  Knowledge for Social Impact — Analyzing Current Issues and Approaches [MGMT 199-021], scheduled for Thursdays 3–6 p.m., during Spring 2014. Course Overview Recent technological changes – Google,Read More

Social Impact Round Up: Week of Nov 18

Every week, Wharton Social Impact Initiative presents a roundup of social impact events, conferences, opportunities and news at Wharton, and across Penn.  News Pictured above: Through the Wharton Social Impact Initiative Fellowship program, two dozen students recently attended a tour of West Philadelphia. Led by Glenn Bryan (C’74, SW’76) Assistant Vice President ofRead More

News: FastFWD invites entrepreneurs to submit ideas

Where others see problems, social entrepreneurs see opportunity.  That’s the premise behind FastFWD – a collaboration among the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, the City of Philadelphia, and Good Company Group. Through FastFWD, the City of Philadelphia has issued an invitation to innovators across the world:  Come to Philadelphia to developRead More