The Entrepreneur Program


The Entrepreneur Program provides students and alumni from Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and Close School for Entrepreneurship and UArts an opportunity to invent careers that are not dependent on the traditional rules established for creative artists. It is intended to provide them with the entrepreneurial skills they’ll need if they are to take control of their creative vision, design ventures, shape and attract audiences, and engage with the community.

A six week program, the program begins July 7 and ends August 15. Those admitted receive $3,000 stipends. Teams may apply, but not more than two team members are eligible for stipends. (If approved, stipends may be divided among all member of a team.) For more details about the purpose and structure of the summer program, read the Overview brochure.


The following are required:

  • Submit an intent to apply form Applications are closed at this time
  • Attend an orientation session prior to applying (recommended). UArts students and alumni may also attend one of the orientations for the Creative Incubator.
  • Complete an application form online prior to Friday, May 30, 2014. Applications are closed at this time
  • Finalists must give a presentation and additional information may be requested.
  • Sign an agreement which outlines their responsibilities and the conditions of the program.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in Corzo Center lectures, workshops, and courses on business planning, marketing, and related topics in order to prepare their application and define their idea.


Participation is open to six graduating seniors selected from Westphal and Close and six graduating seniors, graduate students, or alumni selected from UArts.

Applications should reflect a clear sense of purpose, benefit, and audience, and demonstrate that the applicant or team has an ability to learn from the experience and complete the work being proposed. A panel of entrepreneurs and professionals in creative fields will review all applications. Awards are highly competitive and given to applicants whose applications demonstrate an understanding of how they might develop the idea beyond the program.


A panel will review applications with the following criteria in mind:

  • The application presents a context and a framework that tests it.
  • The applicant (or the team) has a defined vision, energy, intelligence, and the willingness to experiment and learn from those advising him/her.
  • The idea suggests an innovative use of the creative skills the applicant has developed. It suggests a novel way of communicating with new audiences, connects new content to traditional audiences, and/or promises social change.
  • The application presents a strategy that shows how the idea might be sustainable or has entrepreneurial potential.
  • The applicant has a good sense of the primary market.
  • The applicant has a realistic view of what’s being proposed and what it might take to achieve it.
  • The applicant’s experience demonstrates an ability to achieve the goals s/he sets out and to learn from the program.
  • The most important criteria: It is clear that the applicant's commitment to the idea can last despite difficulties.

Although the proposed idea is important, it will be considered only as a reflection of the applicant’s ability, focus, creative skills and ability to develop them. The program is primarily an educational experience which may lead to a project that is fundable but that is not its primary function.


Stipends are paid in two equal allotments. The first payment will be within two weeks of the start of the summer program. The second payment will be at the end of the program.


If an applicant (or team) is admitted, s/he will be required to:

  • Sign an agreement outlining the work proposed and an outline of goals and anticipated deliverables, the timetable for completing them, and the expressed consent to credit the Corzo Center, the University of the Arts, Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and its Close School of Entrepreneurship, and the Knight Foundation in any public use of the work that results during and from participation in the Summer Program for up to five years.
  • Agree to the Intellectual Property Policy outlined which expressly provides that ownership of work rests with the creator(s).
  • Attend and actively participate in the program over its six weeks.
  • Submit a final written report and video which includes documentation of the work that explains achievements, problems and/or challenges faced, and next steps.
  • Present the work to the Drexel and UArts communities as well as to others outside of it.
  • Allow the Corzo Center, the University of the Arts, Drexel’s Westphal College and Close School, and the Knight Foundation a non-exclusive right to present or exhibit the work supported by the summer program as part of the UArts, Drexel, and Knight Foundation’s educational mission or marketing campaigns.