About WIVA

Wharton Impact Venture Associates (WIVA) is a best-in-class impact investing educational program designed to give students hands-on training in sourcing and due diligence as they link entrepreneurs with potential investors.

Through a competitive application process each year, Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) selects a number of Wharton and Penn undergraduate and graduate students to join WIVA.

The WIVA team sources early-stage companies that have both a compelling business model and the potential for significant social or environmental impact.

With guidance from WSII staff, WIVA students conduct due diligence based on rigorous investment and impact criteria. If we identify a promising company, WIVA then facilitates connections between entrepreneurs and potential investors from the Wharton network. WIVA also leverages resources across Penn’s schools, centers, and alumni network to help scale and strengthen the business.

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“I’ve had the opportunity to shape an investment vehicle that builds upon the research of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, deeply question what sectors should command our highest attention and time, and deliberate the age-old question: ‘what standard should be used to measure impact?'”


Learn more about how you can get involved.