Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program

Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program

Seed funding of $10,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the runner-up in the pitch competition!

Wharton’s three-month online certificate, Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, provides entrepreneurs with a proven toolkit that goes beyond the idea. Leveraging Wharton’s strength in data-driven outcomes, we share proven techniques for scaling your business. Topics include how to build a team, choose the right legal structure, generate demand, and finance growth. And with pitch competition awards of $10K and $5K for seed funding, change could happen faster than you think.

The Wharton Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program features in-depth interviews with company founders and representatives from startups and established venture capitalist firms such as Big Ass Fans, Forerunner Ventures, Greylock Partners, and 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.

Some of these original start-ups include:

  • Adobe
  • Intel
  • Dollar Shave Club
  • Jet.com
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Bandar Foods
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • IBM
  • Kickstarter


Duration: 3 months, 3–4 hours per week

Location: Online

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Delivered in collaboration with program partner Emeritus:

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Academic Director

David Hsu

David Hsu, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Richard A. Sapp Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Intellectual property rights, startup innovation, strategies for commercializing technological innovation, venture capital

Additional Faculty

Kartik Hosanagar

Kartik Hosanagar, PhDSee Faculty Bio

John C. Hower Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Internet advertising, internet marketing, and media

Ethan Mollick

Ethan Mollick, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Ralph J. Roberts Distinguished Faculty Scholar; Associate Professor of Management; Academic Director, Wharton Interactive, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Innovation, entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, games, AI

Lori Rosenkopf

Lori Rosenkopf, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management; Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School

Karl Ulrich

Karl Ulrich, ScDSee Faculty Bio

CIBC Endowed Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management; Dean’s Office Advisor on Asia Strategy, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Environmental issues, product design and development, innovation