You have an idea. You’re passionate about it. You want to tell the whole world about it. It needs to get out there. But how do you get from here to there? That's where the Wharton Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program comes in.

Coming up with the idea was the easy part. Now you need the tools to build a team, choose the right legal structure, generate demand, and finance growth. Leveraging Wharton’s strength in data-driven outcomes, we deliver proven techniques for scaling your business.

Does passion matter? Sure, it can pull you through some late nights and big disappointments. But being successful in venture creation means owning a mix of skills that increase the likelihood of success. It’s more than passion. Our faculty brings cross-disciplinary backgrounds to this program, pulling from social psychology, organizational behavior, information technology, finance, and marketing.

Through a mix of live and recorded faculty video sessions, assignments, quizzes, and interactive discussion moderated by teaching assistants, your learning journey culminates in a pitch to the Wharton team, with investments of $25,000 and $10,000 awarded to the winner and runner-up, respectively.

High-Impact Online Learning Experience

Entrepreneurship Is About Creating Value. How That’s Defined Is Up to You.

Being an entrepreneur is about taking initiative and starting something new, regardless of its structure or profit orientation. The Wharton difference lies in our ability to help people scale their ideas. We take a data-driven approach, drawing from research on how entrepreneurs grow and scale to reach their goals —whatever those might be.

During this program, you will:

  • Learn how to analyze the options for financing your startup
  • Discover how to ramp up sales and scale your business
  • Perform a needs assessment for building the right team
  • Choose the best pricing and distribution strategies for your business
  • Assess what "financial sustainability" means for you
  • Master the pitch to prospective investors, advisors, and mentors


Regardless of the 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: Wharton Executive Education reserves the right to change the curriculum and delivery of the program to improve the participant experience.

Program Topics

This online program is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to take their business to the next level. It covers all aspects of accelerating the business, from building a team to finding advisors to exploring financing options. The program culminates with a pitch competition where participants can compete for seed funding to help accelerate their success. Not everyone makes the final pitch, but everyone gets better in the process.

What’s unique about this program?

  • A data-driven approach to how to scale and grow a business or entity
  • A strong focus on startup financing options, a foundational strength at Wharton
  • Live interactive faculty webinars with Q&A
  • Teaching assistants committed to a great learning experience
  • Seed funding of $25,000 and $10,000 awarded to the pitch winner and runner-up, respectively

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.


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

Note: After successful completion of the online program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

Note: This online certificate program does not grant academic credit or a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Learning Experience

Our programs are designed to meet the needs of individual learning styles, while also leveraging the power of peer learning. This is achieved through a user-friendly learning platform that enables participants to easily navigate the program content to achieve learning objectives.


Our pedagogical approach is designed to bring concepts to life, including:

  • Byte-sized learning techniques
  • Real-world application
  • Peer learning discussions
  • Live, interactive teaching


Access to program content is flexible and available through multiple devices, allowing working professionals to easily manage schedules and learn remotely—anytime, anywhere. Participants enrolled in the program obtain access to learning materials in a modular approach, with new content released weekly. Program modules include a variety of teaching instruments, such as:

  • Video lectures
  • Discussions
  • Class materials: articles, cases
  • Quizzes
  • Surveys
  • Assignments

To further personalize the program modules, live teaching sessions are scheduled during the program, often with Q&A. For participants who are unable to attend these sessions live, a recording is made available so nothing is missed. Our industry-leading learning platform allows participants to create a profile, connect and collaborate with peers, and interact with academic/industry experts such as program leaders, coaches, and teaching assistants. Assignments are often linked to participants' real-world situations, making concepts inherently practical.


Our globally connected classrooms enable participants to seamlessly interact with their peers to complete group assignments and stay on track toward program completion—having culturally enriching encounters along the way.

Program Requirements

To access our programs, participants will need the following:

  • Valid email address
  • Computing device connected to the internet: PC/laptop, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microsoft Office and PDF viewer to access content such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts
  • The latest version of their preferred browser to access our learning platform

Other Requirements

Programs may necessitate the use of various software, tools, and applications. Participants will be informed about these additional requirements at the registration stage or when the program begins. Our program advisors are also available to respond to any queries about these requirements.

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Last updated July 10, 2019
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