Purpose and Profit: How this Venture Capital Firm Is Changing the World and Achieving Real Impact

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

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

Hello from Quaker Days, Wharton class of 2020!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Penn! While you preview your future life in Philadelphia, we hope you’ll look into the many ways to weave social impact into your university experience. At Wharton, you can apply business strategies for a better world. The Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) leverages Wharton’s strengths to develop and promoteRead More

Student Perspective: Redefining Local Produce in Detroit, Creating Solutions for Small Urban Farmers

Sophomore Serena Bia, C’18, reflects on her summer experience managing a rooftop farm in Detroit, Michigan where she conducted research on how to maintain an economically viable small urban farm. Her work was supported through Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s summer internship funding. Detroit is no longer a one-industry town relying on automobile production—theRead 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: Learning about the Future of Gender Lens Investing

A group of Wharton Social Impact Fellows recently attended “Modeling a Future Gender Lens Investing Portfolio,” a conference hosted by USAID and partners. These highly engaged students have been involved in research and analysis for our Investing in Women & Girls project this summer, and trekked down to our nation’s capital for theRead More

Student Perspective: Why I Pursue Business with a Purpose

Jenna Gebel, a second-year MBA candidate at Wharton, wrote about her summer internship working in sustainability at Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters. I will never forget the moment when I found out I was accepted to the Coca-Cola Office of Sustainability internship program. Sitting in my MBA corporate finance class, I quickly glanced atRead 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