Analytics Accelerators

Broaden your analytics skillset through a monthlong experiential learning project and work with actual companies using real-world datasets




Work with a Wharton mentor and develop highly marketable skills through hands-on experience with the latest tools and programming languages in data analytics



Gain exposure to executives at leading companies who are looking for top talent just like you



Work with real-world datasets to help companies solve an actual business challenge

Spring 2021 Analytics Accelerator Projects

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Fox Entertainment currently serves as Fox’s television production arm.  FOX is looking to establish a new marketing mix model to optimize owned marketing strategy for premiere campaigns. Additionally, Fox would like to determine the effects of social media content marketing and how it affects different types of shows with respect to genre, new or returning shows, and seasonality.

We are beyond thrilled to collaborate with the amazing minds at Wharton and Penn on advanced marketing initiatives. You will play a crucial role in surfacing and disseminating tactical intelligence from cross-platform datasets to inform business decisions at FOX Entertainment. This is a high-impact opportunity to join a dynamic team and build advanced analytics initiatives from the ground up. We are excited for you to join our team! - Gina Bahremand, WG'11, Vice President of Audience Research FOX Entertainment

McDonald’s is the largest restaurant chain by revenue serving 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries. The restaurant chain would like to answer several questions around organic and paid social media and how it impacts financial performance. Additionally, McDonald’s would like to better understand the impact of an “always on” social media strategy versus a “big splash” strategy in driving sales and brand affinity.

“We're truly energized about the work underway with Wharton/Penn students! McDonald's is making exciting moves to run highly effective marketing, grow our brand and deepen our connections with customers. Advanced analytics gives room to become more relevant in the everyday lives of our customers – and together with your support, we’ll take the right actions to do just that!” - Clement Brossard, Manager Innovation, Global Social Listening at McDonald’s

“Having the opportunity to work with real data sets, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of many of the statistical concepts I had learned in my coursework. After working on three Analytics Accelerators, I feel confident in my ability to tackle a real-world, unstructured, data science problem.”

– Ashley Clarke, W’23

Why the Analytics Accelerator?

How it Works

Who Is Eligible?
Penn and Wharton undergraduate and graduate students who show a demonstrated interest in analytics and possess relevant skills ranging from project management, to client relations, to technical expertise. Technical skills are not required but are a plus.

Submit your application through a highly competitive selection process to become a Wharton Analytics Fellow and get assigned to a company based on your skillset and their needs.

Kick off the project, meet with your assigned company, and discuss their real-world business challenge.

Working closely with a Wharton mentor, analyze the dataset using programming languages and tools of your choice (i.e., Python, SQL) and create a statistical model that helps to solve the business challenge.

Share your findings and recommendations with your company at the Analytics Accelerator Summit.

Fall 2020 Analytics Accelerator

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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 was looking to develop a model to predict sales and revenues for this sensor manufacturer.


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Keeping Viewers Glued to Their Seats at the 2021 Analytics Accelerator

An MBA and undergraduate student team analyzed data from FOX Entertainment to help inform data-driven promotion strategies for marketing their TV shows.

Students Offer Sweet Solutions to Data Problems at the Analytics Accelerator Challenge

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How a Penn/Wharton Student Team Is Helping The Barnes Foundation Reach Bigger Audiences

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