3 months, online
3–4 hours per week
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:
Selling a product or service no one wants
Wrong business model and not scalable
Lack of adequate funding to fuel growth
Dramatically increase the odds of success by learning how to:
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
Regardless of stage of maturity
Delivered through a mix of recorded and live online lectures with faculty and guests
Moderated by subject-matter experts
Awarded to top two pitches, and everyone improves in the process
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.
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Earn a digital Wharton certificate upon successful completion of the online program.
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