Venture Capital Series #3: So, How Do I Get Involved?

During the course of the semester, we have posted about Venture Capital, its culture, and advice from successful alums in the industry. Our guess is that at this point you might be wondering how to learn more as a student and get involved in the industry. At Wharton, Vice Dean Lori Rosenkopf has taken the initiative to bring tech and Venture Capital knowledge to students through two specific channels:

  1. “Culture and Institutions of the Tech Sector: Bridging Research and Practice” (MGMT 265): offered every fall

“The best part about the MGMT 265 class is that you can ask questions and make meaningful connections directly with alums in the tech sector.” – Eugenia Carmona (W’20)

This half-credit course teaches students about the “people, practices, and organizations” of the tech culture. During each class, students videochat with an alumni from the tech sector and integrate primary and secondary sources to learn more about venture development, serial entrepreneurship, product-market fit, and accelerators. Other exciting topics covered this semester included an analysis of IPOs vs. M&A as methods for financing, the lean startup model, and impact investing. Students also work on a case study of Silicon Valley in order to gain more insight. Through both group work and individual research, students gain a better grasp on the opportunities that the tech sector can offer and learn to effectively link research and practice.

Through MGMT 265, Professor Rosenkopf sheds light on the tech and venture capital industries, thus encouraging students to consider career paths in areas other than investment banking and consulting. One of our Wharton Women blog team members who took the class even focused her final project on the impact of artificial intelligence on job creation. She had the opportunity to connect with Michelle Peluso (our Wharton Women Annual Dinner speaker!) and ask about her views regarding the topic.


  1. “Wharton Industry Exploration Program: San Francisco and the Bay Area Tech Sector” (WH297): offered over winter break every year

“The San Francisco WIEP trip definitely changed my long-term career goals for the better.” – Lydia Chen (W’ 19)

This half-credit program offers 40 students the possibility to travel to San Francisco and the Bay Area to learn more about the tech sector and explore a number of tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Students get the chance to meet with leaders in tech and get hands-on learning experience by attending lectures at the San Francisco campus of The Wharton School. Students leave the Bay Area having made great connections with business leaders and with a stronger understanding of the working environment of the tech sector.

Two of our blog team members, Eugenia and Lydia, have been involved in this initiative. Last year, students visited companies like Airbnb, Google, LinkedIn, and Lyft. They also had dinners and networking opportunities with executives from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Accelerator Ventures, and several angel investors. Even though the schedule was quite busy, they still had time left to see the city and get to know the tech hub that is San Francisco! WH 297 is a great way to step out of your mental and geographic comfort zone while exploring a new career option.


Written by Eugenia Carmona Aristeguiet (W’ 20).