The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university located in Philadelphia. Wharton was established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton. It is the first business school in the United States.
Headquartered outside of Philadelphia, NextStage Capital was founded with one goal: to build great technology companies in a region where there is a systemic undersupply of early stage capital. The firm was founded by an entrepreneur and two investment professionals with operating experience who saw an opportunity for a different approach to venture capital – an approach that integrates human capital expertise with patience and little hierarchy. The firm focus on finding undiscovered early stage investment opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region with an emphasis on software and technology-enabled services. The partners dedicate their efforts to find talented entrepreneurs with compelling technology offerings and help them build long-term value.
StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. The company's unique online marketplace, dedicated solely to tickets, provides all fans the choice to buy or sell their tickets in a safe, convenient and highly reliable environment.
Launched in April 2012, Boston-based DraftKings, Inc. is the largest, US-based online gaming destination where players engage in daily fantasy sports competitions across fantasy professional football, baseball, golf, basketball, hockey, and soccer, and college football and basketball. DraftKings offers free and pay contests every day that award cash prizes. All contests feature a salary cap format, and new contests are offered every day with instantaneous prize distribution for winners.
Rothman Institute is a private orthopaedic practice dedicated to providing communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine, the results of which will exceed expectations. Rothman Institute orthopaedists treat patients at 20 locations in the Philadelphia-region, including orthopaedic urgent care clinics in Marlton, NJ and Limerick, PA.
First Round is a venture capital firm that specializes in providing seed-stage funding to technology companies. First Round typically provides seed-stage funding and focuses on portfolio companies' growth during their first 18 months. It has offices in San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York. Our sector focus arms us with insight into emerging technologies, market trends and business models. And our network of executives, strategic partners and specialized consultants greatly strengthens our ability to ensure more scalable, valuable, successful companies.
Kenneth L. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School, Professor of Africana Studies and the Faculty Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Shropshire joined the Wharton faculty in 1986. He is also a former president of the Sports Lawyers Association, the largest such organization in the world and Program Chair of the ABA Forum Committee, Sports Law Section. He will become Professor Emeritus at Wharton on June 30, 2017.