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Why Enroll in Wharton’s
Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program?

There’s no shortage of pitfalls for startups and their founders. The 90 percent failure rate of startups is enough to make you think about keeping your day job — forever. Here are three of the most highly cited reasons why startups fail:

Failure Reason #1

Selling a product or service no one wants

Failure Reason #1

Selling a product or service no one wants

SOURCE: FORBES

Failure Reason #1

Selling a product or service no one wants

Dramatically increase the odds of success by learning how to:

  • Pick the right business model
  • Build the right team
  • Choose the right financing approach
  • Ramp up sales and scale the business

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Your Learning Experience

YOUR BUSINESS OR IDEA

Regardless of stage of maturity

YOUR BUSINESS OR IDEA

Regardless of stage of maturity

YOUR BUSINESS OR IDEA

Regardless of stage of maturity

YOUR BUSINESS OR IDEA

Regardless of stage of maturity

Program Topics

Module 1: Evidence-based Entrepreneurship

Module 2: Building the Right Team

Module 3: Lawyers, Advisors, and Mentors

Module 4: Business Models and Customer Lifetime Value

Module 5: Customer Acquisition and Demand Generation

Module 6: Pricing and Distribution Strategies

Module 7: Gearing Up for Scale

Module 8: Financing: Funding and Valuation

Module 9: Financing: Venture Capital vs. Alternative Funding Channels

Module 10: Elements of the Pitch

Module 11: Business Plan Competition

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Note: Seed funding cannot be used for personal expenses. It must be used to develop the business cited in the final pitch. The seed funding will not dilute equity positions.

Interviews and Industry Examples

The Wharton Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program features in-depth interviews with company founders and representatives from startups and established venture capitalist firms.

  • Big Ass Fans
  • Forerunner Ventures
  • Greylock Partners
  • Stringr

The online program also features examples of startups and established companies that were once startups. It will cover multiple industries, including consumer packaged goods, ecommerce, internet, media and entertainment, and technology.

  • Adobe
  • Intel
  • Qualcomm
  • Aerocardal
  • Harry’s Blades
  • Dollar Shave Club
  • Jet.com
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Bandar Foods
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • IBM
  • Kickstarter
  • Xiaomi
  • Belle-V Kitchen
  • Wholly Moly

Note: All product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Program Faculty

Karl Mollick

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; and Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Karl Mollick

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; and Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Karl Mollick

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; and Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Karl Mollick

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; and Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Karl Mollick

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; and Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Karl Mollick

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; and Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Karl Mollick

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; and Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Certificate

Earn a digital Wharton certificate upon successful completion of the online program.

All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

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