WELCOME AND Thank you to our 2015-2016 Sponsors

The perlman prize

Ellen Hanson Perlman and Richard E. Perlman (W'68)

In January 2013, Ellen Hanson Perlman and Richard E. Perlman (W'68) generously endowed, in perpetuity, the Grand Prize of the Wharton Business Plan Competition.  In addition to providing the Perlman Prize, the gift provides critical operational support for the WBPC.


Michelson Medical Research Foundation Inc.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation seeks to drive technological innovation in the nation's premier universities, and also supports efforts to improve animal welfare via the Found Animals Foundation, Inc. (foundanimals.org) and to increase access to higher education via the Twenty Million Minds Foundation, Inc. (20mm.org).  In addition, the Michelson Foundation funds the $75 million Michelson Prize and Grants in Reproductive Biology. To learn more about the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, please visit michelsonmedical.org.


Eric Aroesty (C'92)

Eric is an active entrepreneur and investor, engaged in numerous transactions in the fields of Internet Marketing, Energy Efficiency, Staffing, Beverage and Financial Services. Eric has a strong track record for growing companies to scale. Eric was the founder of Affinity Direct (“AD”) in 2004. AD was the 3rd largest federal student loan consolidation company consolidating and selling over $5.5 billion of federal student loans employing over 300 people. 99% of AD’s loan volume was originated via the Internet. After less than 3 years of operations, AD sold 34% its equity to Providence Equity Partners. Prior to AD, Eric was the President of Traffix, Inc. (Nasdaq, TRFX). Eric graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.


For 60 years, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE) has been synonymous with entrepreneurship and innovation. Safeguard’s distinguished track record includes market leaders such as Comcast, QVC, Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, CompuCom, ICG, Traffic.com, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Portico Systems and more! Today, Safeguard provides capital and operational support to early- and growth-stage healthcare and technology companies specifically in medtech, healthtech, specialty pharma, fintech, digital media and enterprise 3.0. For more information, please visit www.safeguard.com.

In-Kind Sponsors