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Entrepreneurial Community

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin stimulates entrepreneurial potential, economic growth and innovation in Southeastern Pennsylvania by providing the Capital, Counsel and Connections that accelerate the formation and growth of both technology-driven enterprises and partnerships that create sustainable employment opportunities and spur the development, commercialization and adoption of advanced technologies.

Close School of Entrepreneurship & Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship

The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is the nation's first freestanding school of entrepreneurship to offer degrees. The Close School's interdisciplinary programs and curricula, which serve our undergraduate students of all academic disciplines and career ambitions, and represents a bold new approach to entrepreneurship education. The Close School's academic programs prepare students to face the challenges of self-employment and new venture creation in an evolving 21st century workforce.

The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is also home to the Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, an incubator for student business ideas.

Drexel Coulter Program

Managed by the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel’s Coulter Program develops and realizes the clinical potential of translational research which save, extend and improve patient lives. In its 14th year, the program has awarded $10 million in funding across 61 projects.

ExCITe Center

ExCITe Center hosts a range of transdisciplinary research groups, teams and projects, and seek to maintain an environment encouraging the serendipitous exchange of knowledge and ideas that lead to the formation of new connections, inspirations, and collaborations.

The Center brings into proximity Drexel faculty, staff, students, neighborhood partners and resources across Philadelphia to catalyze change. We believe that a network of engaged “do-ers” across civic, education, research, arts, and industry pursuits can create collectively a bright future for our City.


Founded in 2014, ic@3401 is a startup incubator co-managed by Drexel Applied Innovation and the University City Science Center. Located at the NW corner of Market Street and 34th Street, ic@3401 houses over 30 startups in a 17,000 square foot facility. Member startups have raised $18 million in 2016 and $15 million in 2017; highest amount of any incubation space in the Greater Philadelphia region*. Member startups are carefully curated to create a powerful value proposition for both startups and the community of University City academic innovators.


NextFab South Philadelphia is equipped with state-of-the-art tools and technology for makers and entrepreneurs. As our largest location, there’s plenty of workshops and office space for makers to sprawl out and hone your technical skills. This spot is also the home of our business accelerator and incubator programs, offering ample expertise and resources to support your entrepreneurial spirit, whether you’re an established owner of an aspiring startup.

Science Center

The Science Center helps to commercialize promising technology, convene people to inspire action, and cultivate talent for a 21st century workforce.