Analytics Accelerators

A curated multidisciplinary team of Wharton and Penn students, ranging from undergraduates to MBAs, works alongside a Wharton mentor and your company champion on an 8-week project to explore your real-world business challenge using your datasets and the latest techniques including machine learning and AI.

Accelerators occur during the fall and spring semesters and are typically planned six months in advance.




Discover deeper insights and machine learning models through extensive engagements with WCA data scientists



Teams receive guidance from Wharton faculty or Senior Fellows to deliver curated insights and solutions



Increase your brand awareness among students and tap into the next generation of data leaders

“The results from our Analytics Accelerator project were truly outstanding. We were so impressed with our student team. What was discovered was actionable and well thought out. McDonald’s is eager to implement the students’ recommendations and assess the impact.”

Jola Oliver
Director of Global Social Listening & Measurement, McDonald’s Corporation

How it Works

Join the Analytics Accelerator
Secure your spot by becoming a Corporate Partner or submit your proposal through a highly competitive application process.

Scope Your Project
Identify the business challenge, objectives, and datasets

Prepare and Share Data
Agree to a process around secure data sharing

Launch Your Project
Meet your student team and discuss project objectives and expectations

Meet Regularly
Attend weekly meetings with your student team and WCA mentor

Participate in the Summit
Experience student presentations with insights, models, and solutions

Evaluate Impact
Discuss project recommendations and business implications with WCA

Fall 2021 Analytics Accelerator Projects

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Spring 2021 Analytics Accelerator Projects

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Fall 2020 Analytics Accelerators

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Why the Analytics Accelerator?

Analytics Accelerator Case Studies

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Neuroflow is a SaaS healthcare technology and analytics company enabling behavioral health access and engagement to improve outcomes, overall wellness, and costs of care.

Neuroflow was looking to build a statistical model to identify users at high risk of churn, which would help inform product design, promotional offerings, etc. to proactively engage and retain these users. They were also looking for recommendations for app development and user experience.

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Ferrero is the third top-selling chocolate confection manufacturer in the world. The company has ambitious growth plans to be achieved through innovation, category expansion, and M&A. The company is family-owned and run.

Ferrero was looking to develop a marketing mix model(s) to better balance resources to power brands and product innovations.

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TE Connectivity is a technology company that designs and manufactures connectivity and sensor products for harsh environments in a variety of industries.

TE Connectivity is looking to develop a model to predict sales and revenues for this sensor manufacturer.

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