Monday, January 5, 2009

WEC25 - Wharton Business Plan Competition

Attention entrepreneurs:

You are invited you to apply now to showcase your business at the

"WEC25 Startup Expo,"

which will be part of the 12th annual Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference,

Friday, February 13th, 2009 in Philadelphia.


What is the WEC25 Startup Expo?

The WEC25 Expo is a unique opportunity to present your entrepreneurial venture to a vast network of VCs and entrepreneurs. 

The WEC25 Expo will be composed of 25 of the most promising startups, which will each be given their own table to exhibit their business all day alongside the annual Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference. The WEC25 companies will gain incredible exposure to our 500+ guests, including leading venture capital investors, MBA students from The Wharton School and other Penn Graduate students (e.g., Engineering and Medicine), and industry professionals from the greater Philadelphia entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Our judges (leading VCs and Wharton professors) will select the ten most promising businesses from among the WEC25, who will be awarded the opportunity to give a live pitch to a group of leading VCs.

The winning company will receive:

-          A private meeting with a top venture capital fund

-          Premium versions of Microsoft Office 2007 ($600+ value)

-          Cash

To apply:

Go to 

  1. Today – Submit the "Preliminary Submission – Basic Contact Info".  This should take only 15 seconds. We'll use this info to keep you informed about the WEC25 between now and conference day.
  2. By the application deadline, Monday, January 12 (11:59pm ET)
    1. Complete and submit the "Expo Application Form".
    2. Upload your business plan.

You should apply if:

-          You are anyone with a startup business.

-          Your business could benefit from exposure and/or funding and/or networking.

-          Your business is in any stage of growth/funding, from unfunded through series C.

-          Your business is in any industry, including:

o   Web services / e-commerce

o   Energy / clean technology

o   Wireless / telecom

o   Healthcare / life sciences

o   Retail

o   Business-to-business

o   Consumer goods

o   … or anything else not mentioned here – all are welcome.

The benefits being selected to the WEC25:

-          Unique opportunity to present your entrepreneurial venture to a vast network of VCs and entrepreneurs, including:

o   Draper Fisher Jurvetson

o   Highland Capital

-          Top ten companies will be selected to do a live pitch to a panel of leading VC professionals. Winning business will be awarded:

o   A private meeting with a top venture capital fund

o   Premium versions of Microsoft Office 2007 ($600+ value)

o   Cash

-          Excellent networking opportunity

o   Exposure to potential employees/partners and other likeminded entrepreneurs from Wharton, Penn and the Philadelphia student and professional community.

o   Meet Wharton MBAs and Penn Engineering students who could do projects for you. Who doesn't love free labor?

o   Meet leading providers of business services, such as Morgan Lewis (legal), and Meltwater and Cohen Brothers (Accounting).

-          Receive valuable, positive media exposure for your business in leading online and print blogs and publications.

-          Attend (for free) our premier keynote speeches and panels composed of industry thought leaders focused on the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

About the Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference:

The Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference is one of the country's most widely attended entrepreneurship conferences. Over its twelve year history, it has attracted thousands of students, professionals, academics as well as coverage from media companies such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and CNN. This student-run conference has also vastly benefited from various speakers and their entrepreneurial and business knowledge in the form of keynotes as well as panelists.


Past participants in the conference include Thomas Stemberg (Founder and CEO of Staples), David Neeleman (Founder and CEO of JetBlue Airways) and Darius Bikoff (Founder of Glaceau, maker of VitaminWater). This year we are inviting over 500 professionals, entrepreneurs, and students to participate in the conference. 

We are especially thrilled to present our two keynote speakers this year: Julian Brodsky, founder, director and chairman of Comcast Corporation, and Donny Deutsch, host of CNBC's The Big Idea, will be speaking about the challenges of entrepreneurship in the current environment, and ways to turn big ideas into reality.  Our keynote will be complemented by words of wisdom from Farhad Mohit, founder and CEO of Shopzilla/Bizrate and DotSpots. 


More info:



WEC25 Expo:

Contact: Jon Feldman -  

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