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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, and post-docs who want to commercialize their research. 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
Entrepreneurship in an Academic Environment
Nalaka Gooneratne
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
Disruptive Innovation
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

Download a PDF of this schedule here.



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

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