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Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition


How can you leverage tech to make the world a better place? This is the question we are asking all applicants in this year's Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition. The winning idea will be an app-based solution for a real-world, social problem that affects the Drexel University community (students, faculty, staff) and/or its surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhood. 


Note that you do not need to have a completed app to compete. The Ciright team will assist you with app development during and after the competition.


The focus of this competition is to come up with a compelling solution idea for a challenging social problem.

All entries will be reviewed in the first round of the competition and the best ideas will be invited to present their ideas live at our in-person Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition to be held in Spring of 2022. Between two to four winners will be chosen to split a $16,000 prize pool and will have access to Ciright technologies, interfaces, and mentorship. The Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition, generously supported by Ciright Companies, is open to all Drexel students (undergraduate and graduate) and is designed to give students an opportunity to win not only cash prizes, but also invaluable technical support for their ideas from inception to completion.

All competition details and rules are at




Applicants to the program can be from any major and include undergraduate and graduate students.


Rules, Deadlines, and Competition Format

First Round: All applications are due at 11:59pm on April 10th. 

Final Round: Selected applications will be asked to present at our live, in-person, event in April (date TBD).


To Apply