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The Drexel University Innovation Fund

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The Drexel University Innovation Fund is an exciting new initiative for early-stage Drexel student and postgraduate-led startups, as well as startups founded to commercialize the results of scientific research being developed at Drexel.

The University aspires to play the role of a friends and family investor by being the first money in with an investment of $150,000 per startup and up to four startups per year.

The Innovation Fund is an evergreen fund, where all returns will be re-invested through the fund in future startups, impacting the Drexel University startup ecosystem by supporting new ideas and innovations as they emerge.

Entrepreneurs: Email your pitch deck

Drexel Innovation Fund: How it works.


  • Are based on ideas or inventions that were developed at Drexel University and/or by Drexel University undergraduates, postgraduates, postdoctorates, alumni, professional staff and/or faculty.
    • Undergraduate founders must be within six months of their anticipated commencement date.
    • Alumni founders must be within 24 months of their commencement date.
  • Have started or are about to start their first capital raise but have not yet raised more than $1M.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Fund will run in tandem with the Drexel University course schedule, in both the Fall and Spring quarters. 

Entrepreneurs: Email your pitch deck

IconA unique aspect of the Innovation Fund is an experiential opportunity for Drexel students to learn venture capital investing through credit-bearing courses and experiencing the Innovation Fund’s investment process with hands-on activities. Following the mission to provide a valuable, rigorous, experiential education, students will work with a faculty member to perform due diligence, develop recommendations, and present their findings to an investment committee. Students interested in this coursework should contact Professor Robert Morier (

Aleister Saunders headshot “This new program will be a tremendous boost for startups developing innovative products and services based on Drexel research. The Fund will lead to increased commercialization and that is perfectly aligned with a Drexel strategic imperative to expand the impact of research and innovation."

-Aleister Saunders, PhD, executive vice provost for Research and Innovation

The Drexel Innovation Fund was developed by leaders from the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, Office of Research and Innovation, Office of the Provost, Drexel Solutions Institute, the Office of Executive Vice President, Treasurer & COO and an advisory group consisting of university trustees and distinguished alumni in the venture capital industry. An Investment Advisory Committee, comprised of industry experts and early-stage investors selected by Drexel Applied Innovation and the Close School, will consult on program management.