Wharton E-Club offers 1) Network and community, 2) Educational opportunities, 3) Career support
Network and Community
The Wharton Entrepreneurship Club organizes social and networking events for eClub members to get to know others with similar interests. Among the events we are planning this year are small group dinners, peer office hours, and entrepreneurship working hours.
In addition, eClub also has specific events geared towards founders at Wharton. The Founders Advancement team is dedicated to providing support for current and future Wharton founders. As a part of E-club, the team is developing tactical level programming to support founders needs. Our goal is to create a community for those committed to entrepreneurship and to help these people build their businesses. Our members are from across Penn and Wharton.
The Wharton Entrepreneurship club hosts E-Monday talks during lunch to promote education of the startups and entrepreneurship community. Past E-Monday topics have included Life in Entrepreneurship (2Y Startup Panel) and speakers from Techstars NYC and Relay Investments.
The Wharton Entrepreneurship Club organizes annual startup treks (usually between February and March) to the Bay Area and New York City to expose its members to sector fundamentals and trends, gain access to employment resources, and get inspired by entrepreneurial leaders.
In SF, companies visited in the past included Square/Caviar, Pinterest, Maveron VC, eero, Leap Motion, Dropbox, Okta, Ripple, and more.
In NY, companies visited in the past included Blue Apron, BirchBox, Instacart, Canary, and Grand Central Tech.
Career Events and Resources
The Wharton Entrepreneurship Club provides a variety of programming and resources to help E-Club members connect with employment opportunities at growing startups, position themselves as powerful assets to these startups, and experience startup life to prepare for their transition to, and career development in, the startup world. Past events have included panels of 2Ys highlighting their experiences for 1Ys, startup hiring personnel panels and coffee chats, and Wharton Career Services collaborations.
The Wharton Entrepreneurship Club hosts an annual conference that caters to both founders as well as students interested in joining startups. This year’s conference will feature:
- Outstanding speakers – Past conference speakers have included David Klein (Common Bond), Steve Forbes, Jon Huntsman, Allen Bloch (Wix, Vroom), Oisin Hanrahan (Handy).
- Pitch competition – Opportunity to pitch your business in front of experienced VCs and receive a cash prize (from both judges and audience vote) and pitch feedback.
- Networking Opportunities – Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for coffee chats with conference speakers and panelists. A networking happy hour will also be offered.
- Relevant panels – Past panels have included Online Customer Acquisition, Analytics Workshops, and Outsourced Development for Startups.