The newly-established Santander Venture Award is given to ventures led by MBA students, and is meant to help them during the early stage of entrepreneurial development. This financial support, coupled with the many other co-curricular opportunities at Wharton, provides a strong foundation for students’ professional development as entrepreneurs. The Santander Venture Award is intended to support a student’s work over the summer in lieu of a full-time internship, so that one can concentrate full-time to developing the venture. Each venture receives a $10,000 cash award. The Lauder Institute is very excited and proud of the winners for all their hard work.
The winners of the 2014 Santander Venture Award are:
Agribots, by Carlos Vadillo (Japanese track) and Juan Abraham (German track)
Agribots is an agricultural venture focused on increasing crop yields by mitigating the effects of agricultural freezes while providing a process for freeze control. Through the utilization of unmanned drones, Agribots can collect data while physically creating micro-weather patterns that affect crops. About the entrepreneurs: Originally from Chile, Juan brings his experience as an engineer and his passion for grapes and viticulture to the project. Carlos immigrated to the United States from Mexico and is excited to bring his knowledge of financial markets and love for home-brewing and horticulture to Agribots, Inc.
Ambitioni, by Sagar Pagare (Japanese track)
Ambitioni aims to use big data to help students and early career professionals visualize long-term career paths. Using this product, customers will be able to make intelligent choices about their careers. Ambitioni would be an intuitive and visually appealing platform that would help a user to explore career paths and build an action plan, based on past experience and interests. About the entrepreneur: Long-term, Sagar hopes to use technology to solve some of the pressing needs of the developing and under-developed nations, especially within the education industry.
Tango, by Ting Cui (Chinese track)
Tango is the go-to platform for students who want to get insider job information faster. It offers day-in-the-life job videos, actual work examples and career path trajectories to help students easily discover, learn, and evaluate jobs to make more informed long-term career decisions. Ting was inspired to create Tango by her desire to fix today’s broken career discovery system and democratize insider job information. She plans on using her award money to relocate to Silicon Valley this summer to recruit additional engineering talent. About the entrepreneur: Having grown up attending 11 different schools in 5 countries (China, Germany, Canada, France, and US), she wants to leverage the knowledge she’s acquired in her professional career to help current students make the right career decision.