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Wharton MBA #1 on ROI
Oh yeah!!! Did you know that Wharton tops the list for MBA Return on Investment???? Two years after graduation, Wharton alumni made a median salary of $169,200, …
The XX Edge Webinar
Earlier this month, WAFFA partnered with Beacon Networking for Life for a fascinating webinar with Dr. Ruth Shaber (Penn MD86). We know that …
“Sacred Promise” Anthology
Congratulations to Natasha Charles (Penn06 GED09 WEV09 WEV10 GED14) of Intuitive Coaching with Natasha Charles who is included in a new anthology called Sacred Promise, led by best-selling author …
Parla acquired by Holland & Barrett
If you joined our FemTech Webinar on 3/30 – you will have met Parla Founder and CEO Lina Chan (WG09). She recently …
Eleanor Health founder chosen as Journey Fellow
Shout-out to Eleanor Health CEO and Co-founder Corbin Petro (WG09) who was recently chosen as one of two dozen Journey Fellows, a group …
Earth Heir + Malaysian female founders
Interesting article about Earth Heir Founder and CEO Sasibai Kimis (W00), one of an incredible group of women in Malaysia who are …
Mocktail Club’s “Best Drinks”
Congratulations to Mocktail Club's Founder and CEO Pauline Idogho (WG10) – her drinks made Bloomberg's 'Best of' list for "Canned Drinks for Summer Parties …
Podcast: Babyation
Don't miss Sam Rudolph (W04), CEO and Co-Founder of Babyation, on the podcast Startups in Stilettos. Babyation is a a venture-backed startup with a mission …
Dagne Dover in Forbes
Great article in Forbes about the co-founders of Dagne Dover and how the company is meeting consumer demand for sustainable fashion. Melissa …
$8mm new funding for Strella
A big shout-out to Katherine Sizov (P19) CEO and co-founder of Strella Biotechnology, who just announced $8mm in new funding. That brings …
President’s Sustainability Prize
Congratulations to recent graduates Sarah Beth Gleeson, Shoshana Weintraub and Julia Yan, all from Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science. They …
Nest Genomics + Y Combinator
Congratulations to Moran Snir (WG13), co-founder and CEO of Nest Genomics, whose company was part of the Y Combinator Winter 2022 batch, and who recently …
FitReserve acquired by Trustmark
Congratulations to Megan Smyth WG05, Co-Founder at FitReserve, whose company was recently acquired by Trustmark, a national employees benefits provider. FitReserve is a multi-studio fitness …
Making insoles cool
How do you make footwear insoles cool? Leave it to Co-founders Libie Motchan WG21 and Daniel Nelson WG21 who created Fulton's Insoles – the "world's most …
Shop DIA
Can't wait to shop at Dia – a curated platform established by three Malaysian friends, including Kylie Francis WG18, along with Alia Farouk and Aisha Hassan. They …
Brainleap Technologies
Brainleap Technologies is a software company that trains attention through gaze-drive video games. Co-founders Leanne Chukoskie C94 and her husband Jeff Coleman W94 have developed …
Mocktail Club
We're excited to try some delicious non-alcoholic beverages from Mocktail Club. Founder Pauline Idogho WG10 aims to capture the palates of social drinkers looking for …

Founder Spotlights

What’s your story? If you are a Penn or Wharton female founder, we would love to profile you and your start-up in an upcoming newsletter, on Medium and across our social channels. Just fill out this form – we look forward to sharing your experiences and insights with the community.

Meet our amazing WAFFA Founders

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MISSION-DRIVEN – INNOVATIVE – THOUGHTFUL
VEERAH, a mission-drive designer vegan shoe company founded by and led by …
NISHA DEARBORN W’O2, WG’07 BEAUTY INNOVATOR
Nisha Thomas Dearborn has been thinking about skincare since she was a kid. Her …
SUSTAINABILITY – CULTURE – COMMUNITY
Check out It's Made To Order (IMO), a platform for creators of …
Heathy Inspired Cook
Check out Heathy Inspired Cook, offering specially curated kitchen "power tools" to help make …
Meet Lucinda Duncalfe, Start-Up Pioneer Founder/CEO of AboveBoard, an inclusive platform for executive search
Lucinda Duncalfe is the founder of AboveBoard, an executive hiring platform connecting …
Caribbean-infused blends by Jelece
BoCa Flavor, Caribbean-infused blends for everyday consumption from recent Wharton MBA graduate …
Honer your favorite TroubleMaker this holiday
We've created a special marketplace to highlight the wide range of innovative …
Yinka Taiwo-Peters, Founder of YTPShop
In 2017, Yinka Taiwo-Peters founded YTPshop, a contemporary African-inspired fashion brand for women. With …
Camille Genise Heard, Penn ’13 Co-Founder and CEO of Feloh
In 2014, Camille Genise Heart was desperately seeking advice and products for …
Innovative – Sustainable – Disruptive
We've created a special marketplace to highlight the wide range of innovative …
TASTY HEALTHY INNOVATION
We've created a special marketplace to highlight the wide range of innovative products and …

Funder Spotlights

What’s your story? If you are a Penn or Wharton female funder, we would love to profile you in an upcoming newsletter, on Medium and across our social channels. Just fill out this form – we look forward to sharing your experiences and insights with the community.

Meet our amazing WAFFA Funders

13% of Penn Wharton founders are women. They raise 6% of the venture capital.

THE FACT IS

Women-led businesses have been largely overlooked by the investment community.

2.2%

of US Venture Capital Invested in Women-led Startups

6%

of capital going to women Penn Wharton founders despite the fact that they represent 13%

We believe in a powerful Penn Wharton network that lifts women up and helps them succeed.
We believe in a world where any Penn Wharton woman can start, grow and fund a wildly successful business.
We believe in a “yes bias” for Penn Wharton women, where fellow alums take the call, make the intro, and if they say “no,” they explain why.

To our WAFFA Community 

Black Lives Matter. At WAFFA, we’re dedicated to increasing the success of women in entrepreneurship — and support for the black founders and funders is an inextricable part of our mission.

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