Welcome to the
18th Wharton India Economic Forum


The Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is an annual student-run India-centric conference hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Since its inception 18 years ago, WIEF is one of the largest and most prestigious India-focused business conferences and provides a platform for thought leaders to discuss the opportunities present to India and the challenges that need to be addressed.

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Startup Competition

The judges have selected the finalists for the Wharton India Economic Forum Startup Competition. Each finalists will now be given the opportunity to present an ‘elevator pitch’ in front of an elite panel of judges and a live audience.

Join us in congratulating the finalists Meet our Startup Competition Finalists

Calling All Entrepreneurs

CNBC-TV18, our official media partner for the Startup Competition, is looking to feature interesting startups (including non-India focused ones) on their show, Young Turks! So, if you’re a budding entrepreneur, buy your WIEF ticket and write to us at for a chance to be featured on Young Turks!

Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter has proclaimed Saturday 22 February, the day of the Wharton India Economic Forum, as India Day to encourage local awareness of business development in India and a greater understanding of the impact of India's rise in the global marketplace.

This Year’s Theme

The theme of this year's conference is ‘India: Time to Reboot’. With general elections to be held in May 2014, India has been given the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start. This year’s conference aims to reflect carefully on the past decade to pinpoint India’s key success factors and areas for political and economic improvement. Showcasing 6 panels, one dedicated to this theme, WIEF strives to be a forum for delegates to reassess India’s economic growth trajectory, re-evaluate its regulatory landscape and draw up an action plan to ensure the country meets its full potential over the coming years.

WIEF annually brings together top leaders in vast fields to share their experiences and their success stories and serve an inspiration to students and others trying to progress further in their career paths.
TV Asia USA
It is an honour and privilege to be invited here at the Wharton India Economic Forum because Wharton is a very credible name. [It creates a platform to discuss how] cinema turns perceptions of socioeconomic changes into images, characters, icons etc.
Javed Akhtar, Poet and lyricist

Gold Sponsor

Deutsche Bank

Silver Sponsors

HDFC Bank Karvy

Bronze Sponsors

Ireo Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Startup Competition Sponsors

Golden Palm Wharton Entrepreneurship Mack Institute

Media Partners

TV Asia HD CNBC

Press Partners

The American Bazaar dna
Times of India

Outreach Partners

Entry India Knowledge@Wharton NetIP New York
NetIP Philadelphia NetSAP Boston US India Business Council

Travel Partner

British Airways Our travel partner British Airways is offering discounts (valid for travel until May 31, 2014) to WIEF attendees traveling to the UK, US, Canada and Europe from India.
Please click here if you choose to fly British Airways.