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Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition

The Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition, generously supported by Ciright Companies, is designed to create opportunities for Drexel students to present new technology ideas and to provide students with a competition where they can win cash prizes, receive valuable feedback and identify potential mentors to help them further develop their ideas.

Students can apply to one of the following four categories: Technology, Fin Tech, Business Services, or Healthcare.


The competition is open to all current Drexel students including undergraduate, graduate and PhD students.

How to participate

Teams must register a team leader, list team members and enter all submissions through the competition website at Look for the Ciright-Dragon Startup Competition to apply.

Each contestant shall have access to the full Ciright Hardware and Software Stack for Development purposes.  This includes hardware schematics and the complete Ciright API web services stack.  Additionally, each team shall be provided their unique application server subscription with data base environment and full API web services access. 
A sampling of the available technologies are listed below.  Additional information is available on the Ciright website.  

  • IOT Cellular Bridge Board 
  • C-Stat Enterprise Software Thermostat
  • BLE IoT System on a Chip 
  • RFID Long Range Hybrid Card 
  • RFID Long Range Tracking
  • Interactive Digital Media Outlets 
  • Healthcare Wearable Device 
  • Powered BLE Development Stack 
  • Temperature Tracking Sensors 
  • One Card Solution Environment
  • Smart Wallet Technology 
  • Smart Card Technology 
  • Ciright Enterprise App Platform


Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) will be awarded to the winner within each of the four categories for a total of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000). Awards may be allocated to another category if no winner for a particular category.


  • Application deadline: Sunday, February 10th at midnight
  • Initial screening of ideas by Close School faculty and staff: by February 28
  • Student presentations and awards: 4 - 6pm on March 14

Rules and legal

All rules, with the exception of the student status (only students can apply to the Ciright competition) follow the rules outlined in the Baiada Institute Incubator Competition. Details are at

Judging process and criteria

A team of university faculty/staff will choose the entries that will move forward to the presentation round. The presentation round will be judged by an impartial group of entrepreneurs, investors and business professionals.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Technical viability
  • Commercial potential
  • Quality of presentation

Frequently asked questions


Additional information is available on the Ciright website or if you have questions, email Chuck Sacco at