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Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs (WEP)
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs (WEP) is widely considered one the most influential Centers of entrepreneurship in the world. The Wharton School was the first to develop a fully integrated curriculum of entrepreneurial studies in 1973.

Wharton Entrepreneur in Residence Program (EIR)
Come participate in the Entrepreneur in Residence program, where you can interact one-on-one with a successful entrepreneur about strategies for your venture.  Past EIRs include Michelle Peluso (W’93), Travelocity; Pete Nicholas (WG’68), Boston Scientific; and Jeff Fluhr (W’96), StubHub. The 2009 Robert Haft Entrepreneur in Residence Fall Series will be listed at http://www.wep.wharton.upenn.edu/eir/.  Online sign-up opens two weeks prior to an entrepreneur’s visit and slots fill up very quickly.

Venture Initiation Program
VIP is an educational program managed by Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs which assists University of Pennsylvania students as they guide their business concept from idea to implementation.

Mentoring
Students participating in the WBPC or VIP, as well as students developing ventures in entrepreneurial management courses, will be matched, upon request, with experienced professionals as mentors.

Wharton Global Internship Program
In 2006, WEP launched the Wharton Global Internship Program. The program was developed with the goal of providing students with information and resources designed to encourage and support them as they consider alternatives to the more the traditional careers at Wharton of banking and consulting.  There are currently four initiatives delivered under this program:

  • The Wharton Entrepreneurial Intern Fellowship
  • The Internship Auction (a spring program that allows student to bid on the opportunity to pitch themselves to start-ups considering hiring summer talent)
  • An Online Job Board
  • Entrepreneurial Resume Book. Registration for the Resume Book will open late September 2009. Look for future announcements!

Small Business Consulting
The Wharton Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) offers a highly selective and challenging program for students interested in applying the concepts of entrepreneurship to actual start-ups and operating businesses drawn from the Philadelphia business community.  In many cases, consultants provide the critical analysis that enables the client entrepreneur to move from concept to execution.  Students are compensated for their work.

Wharton Ventures
Wharton Ventures is a VC fund operated out of Wharton.  It does its own research projects, performs due diligence for potential deals and makes investments.  Our expertise spans consumer and enterprise internet services, digital media, software, health care, medical devices, cleantech and energy.  Wharton Ventures is currently looking for new deals.  Submit your business plan today!