The Close School offers a range of co-curricular programs to complement the academic experience of entrepreneurs at Drexel. Two core programs are available for undergraduate students:
The Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community
Young entrepreneurs at Drexel call the our Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community (ELLC) home. Students of all backgrounds and interests, united by dreams of starting companies and pursuing their passions, find a unique residential program supported by specially trained and dedicated faculty and staff.
The Entrepreneurship Co-op
We offer all qualified Drexel undergraduate students the chance to use their own company as their co-op experience, with a salary of $15,000 for students building their own already established companies. Mentors, training and progress reports are all part of this multifaceted program.
Startup Day is Drexel's premier entrepreneurship event. This annual event includes pitch competitions, the entrepreneur's showcase, networking, speeches and our annual Baiada Institute Incubator Competition!
Startup Day offers students the opportunity to earn prizes and to network with fellow Drexel entrepreneurs. Every student also has the opportunity to compete for prize money in our 60 Second Fast Pitch Competition.
This program, offered through a collaboration between the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship and Schoolyard Ventures, places teenaged students in teams to take on entrepreneurial challenges that test their ability to innovate, sell and overcome obstacles - all in a supportive environment with mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs.
By the end of the program, these students will hone their entrepreneurial skills and have the opportunity to tour Drexel's campus, meet Close School faculty and network with Drexel's resident student entrepreneurs.
Maguire Empowerment Program for Women Leaders
The Maguire Empowerment Program provides 10 junior and senior women across Drexel to participate in a two-credit accelerated course focusing on enabling young women to become entrepreneurs.
Students in the program will receive 5 weeks of "entrepreneurship boot camp", which introduces them to the basics of starting a company. The boot camp is based on the "Lean Start Up" approach to developing a venture. The boot camp sessions will include one or two female entrepreneurs to enhance particular topics in the curriculum.
Each Maguire Program student will receive a one-year membership to the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, a premier regional association that provides women entrepreneurs access to educational and networking events.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Course
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will show you how to be entrepreneurial through innovative thinking AND doing. This three-credit pass/fail course will help make you a starter.
Starting New Ventures
For the first time, The Close School of Entrepreneurship is now offering a unique learning opportunity to adults interested in studying entrepreneurship through experiential learning, the hallmark of a Drexel education. Our new, Starting New Ventures program launches in early 2017, with the full program application releasing in Fall 2016. We'll be hosting our first information session this Fall as well.