2014-2015 Schedule of Events

Workshops and events are open to all Penn students, unless otherwise noted. Information about past workshops, including selected video archives, can be found here.


Below is a selection of Wharton Entrepreneurship Wednesdays workshops that are of particular interest to students participating in the BPC. Additional events organized by the BPC Student Management Committee are also listed below.

Interested in watching the recordings of past workshops? BPC workshops are archived HERE.

business plan writing 101

Wednesday, January 28, 12:00 - 1:20pm
Location JMHH 245
Patrick FitzGerald C'97, Lecturer, The Wharton School and Managing Director, DreamIt Ventures

This workshop will be led by Wharton Lecturer Patrick FitzGerald C'97, Managing Director of DreamIt Ventures, and a veteran entrepreneur who has participated in the foundation or expansion of a variety of businesses, most notably RecycleBank, Philadelphia Distilling, Shopiks, Carbonrally, Philly Car Share and ReProduct.


Wednesday, February 11, 12:00 - 1:20pm
JMHH 245
Karina Sotnik, Penn Center for Innovation

Have you ever poured your heart, blood, sweat, tears and money to build, perfect and launch an innovative "can't miss" new product or feature ... and then discovered that your "can't miss" idea turned out to be something that few customers actually wanted or needed? We call this scenario "The Innovator's Nightmare" and it's something that most innovative companies have to deal with because, as decades of data show, most new products and most innovations fail in the market. Pretotyping, an innovation technique developed and perfected by Alberto Savoia at Google, can help you avoid "The Innovator's Nightmare" by helping you make sure that you are building the right 'it' before you invest too much time and money to build 'it' right. In addition, pretotyping helps you make the most of your innovation potential, because it makes it possible for you to explore and test, quickly and cheaply, new “crazy” ideas that would normally be dismissed as too risky or expensive to try. By combining these two benefits of pretotyping, an early startup or an established and successful company can maximize its chances for successful breakthrough innovation.


Wednesday, February 18, 12:00 - 1:20pm
JMHH 245
Kirk Portas, Founder, ATTO Consulting and Charlie Javice W'14, Founder, PoverUP

Kirk Portas, Founder of ATTO Consulting, will discuss outsourcing software development for startups and provide guidance to help student entrepreneurs avoid common pitfalls. Kirk will be joined by Charlie Javice W'14, who worked with ATTO Consulting for her startup venture, PoverUP.



Wednesday, February 25, 12:00 - 1:20pm
JMHH 245
Brian Hughes, W'81/WG'91, Partner, KPMG
*KPMG is an In-Kind sponsor of the Wharton Business Plan Competition

Brian Hughes W'81/WG'91, KPMG, reviews common accounting and tax issues faced by entrepreneurs with ample time to address specific questions from the audience.


Wednesday, March 4, 12:00 - 1:20pm
JMHH 245
Robert J. Borghese C'85/W'85/L'90, Lecturer, The Wharton School

This session, presented by Wharton Lecturer Robert J. Borghese C'85 W'85 L'90, covers issues such as considerations about legal incorporation, timing on incorporation and dealing with lawyers on how to structure the business and negotiate fees. Robert Borghese is a corporate and transactional attorney in private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York, New York. His practice focuses on advising emerging growth companies on new venture structuring and formation, corporate strategic planning, private equity and debt financings, and general corporate legal and transactional issues including technology development and licensing, mergers and acquisitions, employment, intellectual property and joint ventures and strategic alliances.

This session will NOT be recorded.


Wednesday, April 1, 12:00 - 1:20pm
JMHH 245
Bob Chalfin, Lecturer, The Wharton School

This workshop will be presented by Bob Chalfin, instructor for MGMT 811: Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition. Bob will address the alternative ways one can become a founder, including through acquisition or search funds.

This session will NOT be recorded.


Friday, April 17, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: JMHH G60
Josh Kopelman W'93, Founder, First Round Capital

Josh Kopelman W'93, Founder of First Round Capital, will discuss what early-stage VCs look for when deciding whether or not to invest in a startup.

This session will NOT be recorded.