Wharton and Gimlet Media’s “The Pitch” to Host Live Startup Competition, Nov. 27, 2018

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WHAT: Gimlet Media’s renowned podcast The Pitch, recently dubbed the best business podcast on startup life by Fortune, will host its first-ever live show on the road at the Wharton School on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Three Philadelphia startups will face off in a live pitch competition in front of two prominent investors, and audience members will get a first-hand look at what goes into VC funding. The winning company will be featured on a full-length episode of The Pitch. The event is hosted by Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship, a resource for students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation across the University.


  • Ethan Mollick, Associate Professor of Management, the Wharton School
  • Jillian Manus, Managing Partner, Structure Capital (Investor)
  • Phil Nadel W’88, Founding & Managing Director, Forefront Ventures (Investor)
  • Josh Muccio, Host & Executive Producer, The Pitch
  • 3 Philadelphia startups, representing students and alumni from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Temple University

WHEN: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.


  • Jon M. Huntsman Hall
  • Ambani Auditorium (Room G-06)
  • 3730 Walnut Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19104

RSVP: Media registration is required to attend. Please request press credentials here: https://whr.tn/thepitch

Questions? Contact Wharton Media Relations at 215-898-8036 or communications@wharton.upenn.edu.

About Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship

Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship is a resource for students across the University of Pennsylvania who are interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. The program maximizes the ability of students and alumni to address important challenges through entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking. With 24 team members on two coasts, Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship awards over $600,000 to entrepreneurial students every year, engages with over 100 startups each year in the Venture Initiation Program, and offers more than 50 entrepreneurial courses.

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 13,000 participants in executive education programs annually; and a powerful alumni network of 98,000 graduates.