Starts on





3 months, online
3–4 hours per week

Starts on





3 months, online
3–4 hours per week

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 #2

Wrong business model and not scalable


Failure Reason #3

Lack of adequate funding to fuel growth

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

Your Learning Experience

Through a mix of live and recorded faculty video sessions, assignments, quizzes, and interactive discussions moderated by teaching assistants, your learning journey culminates in a pitch to the Wharton team and renowned venture capital firms like Sequoia Capital and Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. The winner and runner-up of this pitch competition will be awarded seed funds of $10,000 and $5,000, respectively

  • Your Business or Idea


    Regardless of stage of maturity

  • Real-World Examples


    Delivered through a mix of recorded and live online lectures with faculty and guests

  • Discussion Boards


    Moderated by subject-matter experts

  • Seed Money for Pitch Winners


    Awarded to top two pitches, and everyone improves in the process

Program Topics

  • Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship
  • Building the Right Team
  • Lawyers, Advisors, and Mentors
  • Business Models and Customer Lifetime Value
  • Customer Acquisition and Demand Generation
  • Pricing and Distribution Strategies
  • Gearing Up for Scale
  • Financing: Funding and Valuation
  • Financing: Venture Capital vs. Alternative Funding Channels
  • Elements of the Pitch
  • Business Plan Competition

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
  • 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

David Hsu
David Hsu
Academic Director

Richard A. Sapp Professor; Professor of Management

Karl Ulrich
Karl Ulrich

CIBC Endowed Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management; and Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Ethan Mollick
Ethan Mollick

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

Kartik Hosanagar
Kartik Hosanagar

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

Lori Rosenkopf
Lori Rosenkopf

Simon and Midge Palley Professor


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

Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program: Scaling Your Business

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