Two Student Teams Co-Win Amazon HQ2 Student Competition Finals at Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania

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What: With Mayor James Kenney, civic leaders and Wharton deans in attendance, two teams of University of Pennsylvania students co-won the Amazon HQ Case Competition at a finals event that supported the City of Philadelphia’s efforts to bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.  The finals event aimed to showcase the Wharton School’s entrepreneurial, analytical and communications talent.  The two teams were: Team Wharton Prime, which focused on Philadelphia’s financial and tax incentives and Team Delphi which focused on Philadelphia’s Strategic tech-focused incentives. 

Penn is supporting the city’s pitch through direct outreach to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, serving on a city committee advocating for Philadelphia, and via the two Wharton student competitions.

  Find a complete list of finalists’ names below under “Additional Detail”

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When: The Finals Event took place October 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon at Hoover Lounge, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

HowThe (a student publication) and MUSE (a Penn marketing club) hosted the case competition for students to pitch a proposal to the Mayor of Philadelphia. Teams of 2-4 enter under one of these subtopics:

1. Financial and tax incentives
2. Talent base and employee life incentives
3. Strategic tech-focused incentives
4. Current and new legal incentives

The case competition saw 24 teams enter, with four finalists, one for each subtopic, presenting at Wharton’s Hoover Lounge on October 13 to faculty judges naming two co-winners.  Find the names of faculty judges below Under “Additional Detail.”

In addition to the case competition a Writing Competition conceived by the Wharton Communication Program recognized:

  • Undergraduate Winner: Shehryar Khursheed 
  • MBA Winner: Brian Simel

(Note: Amazon is not a sponsor of either contest.)

Additional detail/Team Members’ Names

Co-Winning “Team Prime” for “Financial and tax incentives”

Joe Ammon

Chris Fletcher

Katie Miller

Gavin Yerxa: 

(All are Wharton MBA students, Class of 2019) 

Co-Winning “Team Delphi” for “Strategic tech-focused partnerships”

Jeffrey Cheng

Tanmay Chordia

Ameya Shiva

Johnathan Chen

(All are Dual Engineering/Wharton (M&T) undergraduates, Class of 2019)

Additional Detail
/Faculty Judges

o   Gad Allon

o   Robert Inman

o   Saikat Chaudhuri

o   Sara Jane McCaffrey

o   Susan Wachter

About the Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduateMBAexecutive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 96,000 graduates. 

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