Future of the Business World

Future of the Business World is a dynamic learning experience for exceptional high school students from around the world. It is designed to introduce students to areas of research by Wharton faculty and engage them as the next generation of global business leaders. Students attend live daily online events and work independently. Ultimately, they use all the ideas and insights from the program to create final projects that make predictions about the future of the business world. This program is a chance for students to begin to identify interests and lay the foundation for future education and career goals.

Countries represented
Interactive business simulations
Flexible meeting blocks


Future of the Business World is a unique online experience for high school students to ask big questions about a world in the midst of dramatic change. The program applies innovative online tools used in Wharton undergrad and graduate classrooms to introduce different business themes in which Wharton’s faculty lead the global conversation.

The program conversation is anchored by the idea that the world is constantly changing, with new trends and scenarios emerging daily, propelling the business world into uncharted territory. Students gain new insights from Wharton research and content, including innovation and entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, trends and scenario planning. The fully online program includes mini-lectures from Wharton faculty, opportunities for live engagements with faculty and Wharton instructors, collaborative projects with peers around the world, and original real-time business simulations.

Each summer, Future of the Business World students:

  • Explore various business topics and perspectives as presented in a Wharton education
  • Examine current issues facing the business world
  • Engage with peers and instructors to express personal points of view about the changing business landscape
  • Make predictions about what global business may look like when students achieve leadership roles
  • Produce group projects that present predictions about the future of the business world

All participants who successfully complete the program will earn a Wharton Global Youth Certificate of Completion.


Course Meeting Times

Daily participation and engagement are required Monday through Friday. Each day will include some mixture of live, online class sessions, facilitated, small group discussions, collaborative group work, and independent work, completed within the Wharton Online Learning Platform. Live class sessions will follow a block schedule, outlined below. Students should attend the course block that best suits their time zone and/or personal preferences.

Live Programming Course Blocks

  • Block A: 8:00AM-10:00AM Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)
  • Block B: 1:00PM – 3:00PM Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)
  • The same content will be presented in each block; students will choose the course block that best suits their schedules.
  • Small Group Activities: Within small groups students will work collaboratively on a capstone project, which may require additional live meetings, to be scheduled at the students’ convenience.

Technical Requirements

In order to fully participate in this course, you will need a computer that meets minimum system requirements for both Canvas LMS and Zoom Videoconferencing. Refer to the following links:

All programming originates from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Eastern Daylight Time)



High school students currently enrolled in grades 9–11 looking to advance their entrepreneurial mindset. International applicants are welcome.


Admission to Wharton’s Future of the Business World program is selective. Selections are based on a record of academic excellence and a genuine interest in developing business acumen and leadership skills. Interested students are strongly encouraged to submit an application by the priority deadline.

Please note that participation in Wharton's Future of the Business World program does not guarantee admission into Penn.

Instructional Team

Program Leader

Coming Soon!

The program leader will lead live class sessions, deliver content lectures, and facilitate real-time business simulations.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants consist of both undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania. TAs facilitate small-group discussions, ensure student understanding, assist with final project development, and hold office hours to answer student questions and share their Penn and Wharton experiences.

“…FBW has opened me up to a world that I didn’t even truly know existed… I was even surprised to find out how much I enjoyed the entrepreneurial process in creating a product and selling it and understanding how to target certain demographics. All of the aspects intertwine with each other and form this complex understanding of the way business works in our world today, especially with the prevalence of COVID-19.”– Michael B.


Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM)

Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM) is a creative, extracurricular community open to summer students as a way to connect to one another — and Wharton — before, during, and after their programs. Featuring both live and independent programming, the GYM is designed to ensure virtual participants don’t miss out on valuable community building and networking.
*The GYM is included in all online summer programs, except Understanding Your Money.