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Penn Wharton Commercialization Workshop 2018

May 10, 2018

Thursday, May 10 | 8:30 AM - Saturday, May 12 | 4:30 PM EDT
Vance Hall, Rm B11

For the third year, the Wharton School has partnered with the office of the Vice Provost for Research to create a unique learning experience for faculty, scientists, and clinicians interested in commercializing their work at Penn and launching a new venture. This program is based on some of the most successful teaching offerings on innovation and entrepreneurship around campus.

In this three-day program, you’ll learn techniques to develop your ideas for commercialization and learn the key ingredients for a successful venture. Participants will walk through the process of creating a great business opportunity, learn how to evaluate the opportunity, and undertake the first steps of execution.

This program is designed for:

  • Faculty
  • Scientists
  • Clinicians
  • Post-docs

The Penn Wharton Commercialization Workshop is designed for Penn employees who want to commercialize their research. This program is by invitation only. The deans of each school nominate participants, creating a cohort of like-minded participants from across campus. Participants who complete the program will be recognized as Mack Technology Fellows.


Thursday, May 10 Friday, May 11 Saturday, May 12
8:30–9:00 a.m. Introduction: Innovation as a Process
Christian Terwiesch
Breakfast Breakfast
9:00–10:30 a.m. Opportunity Recognition and Evaluation
Tyler Wry
Sarah Rottenberg
Disruptive Innovation
Christian Terwiesch
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break Break Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. From Idea to Exit: Yodel Case Study
Kartik Hosanagar
Intellectual Property Issues
Cynthia Dahl
Communicating the Venture/Making the Pitch
Ethan Mollick
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:15–2:45 p.m. Strategic Partnerships
Saikat Chaudhuri
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Robert Borghese
Connected Strategy
Christian Terwiesch
2:45-3:00 p.m. Break Break Break
3:00–4:30 p.m. Fundraising and Financing Strategies
Luke Taylor
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship Part 2
Robert Borghese
Conclusion to Program



  • Date: Thursday, May 10 - Saturday, May 12
  • Time: 8:30 AM EDT

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