Entrepreneurship is in Drexel's DNA. Since its founding, Drexel has enrolled students who pursue innovation, applying it to their studies, careers, and life as a whole.
In our groundbreaking Close School of Entrepreneurship, the nation's first freestanding school of entrepreneurship to offer degrees, there are over 20 entrepreneurship courses. In addition to the Close School, Drexel has infused entrepreneurial thinking and application into the curriculum of courses across all disciplines.
Drexel students are unique — some come to Drexel with companies of their own, others create startups while in school, and many proceed to run businesses after graduation. Entrepreneurship Co-ops encourage that drive to take the lead in entrepreneurial efforts. As a part of Drexel's cooperative education, any Drexel student can take part in an entrepreneurship co-op. These are granted to students who have established an ongoing business. Entrepreneurship co-op students receive $15,000 in funding, mentorships, and a dedicated workspace in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. Many students pursue entrepreneurship jobs closely related to their co-op after graduation.
Drexel's location in Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the United States, allows for a wealth of opportunities within reach. Drexel has relationships with businesses that range from Fortune 500 companies to independent startups, granting students access to one-of-a-kind professional experiences.
On campus, students can visit the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, an incubation space for student companies; Drexel Ventures, an accelerator space for startup companies; the Innovation Center (ic@3401), a collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs; the ExCITe Center, an innovative incubator that supports research, education, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship; and the APP Lab, a resource for those interested in mobile app development. Young entrepreneurs can even live in the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community (ELLC), where residents of all backgrounds are closely connected to experienced mentors.
Here are just some of the entrepreneurship resources available at Drexel: