Crowd-Funding For Startups

Date and Time
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
6:00pm— 9:00pm
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The Cranbury Inn, Cranbury NJ
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Ethan Mollick

Edward B. and Shirley R. Shils Assistant Professor of Management

The Wharton School


Wednesday June 28, 2017 – 6:00 pm
The Cranbury Inn – Cranbury, NJ


Crowdfunding represents a radical new way for budding entrepreneurs to get initial funding for their projects.  Professor Mollick will share conclusions from his study of the impact of crowdfunding with Wharton alumni and guests. He’ll address how potential entrepreneurs raise money from the crowd, and what are the factors leading to successful fundraising.


Included among the major questions addressed by his research to date are:


  • How do successful projects in crowdfunding compare to successful VC-backed projects?


  • How are entrepreneurs accountable to their crowdfunding investors?  What are the benefits and drawbacks of such accountability?


  • Are investors who crowdfund exposed to high degree of risk?


  • What has the track record of crowdfunded projects been?  Do the entrepreneurs who have been funded deliver on their promises? 


Please join WCNJ when Professor Mollick shares his research and its implications.



Speaker Biography


Prof. Ethan Mollick studies innovation and entrepreneurship, and has published papers in top academic journals on topics ranging from crowdfunding to entrepreneurial strategy. He is a Schultze Distinguished Professor and Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow.

Prof. Mollick also co-authored a book on the intersection between video games and business that was named one of the American Library Association’s top ten business books of the year, and has studied the way that games can be used to motivate performance and to educate.  His entrepreneurship simulations and games are used by tens of thousands of students around the world.

Prior to his academic career, he was co-founder of a company and a management consultant. Prof. Mollick has worked with organizations ranging from DARPA to General Mills on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ethan Mollick received his PhD (2010) and MBA (2004) from MIT's Sloan School of Management and his bachelor's degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude, in 1997.



The evening's agenda will include: 

•  6:00 pm - 6:45 pm      Open Bar & Networking

•  6:45 pm - 7:15 pm      Dinner

•  7:15 pm - 7:30 pm      Club Business & Introductions

•  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm      Presentation and Q&A

•  8:30 pm - 9:00 pm      Dessert & More Open Networking


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21 South Main Street

Cranbury, NJ, 08512

(609) 655-5595

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