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Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition

The Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition, generously supported by Ciright Companies, is designed to create opportunities for all Drexel students (undergraduate and graduate) 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.

For 2020, the competition focus will be on creating and presenting a mobile app-based technology solution that solves problems either on campus or for the surrounding community. There will be two prizes of $5K each for the campus and community categories (campus, community) for a total prize pool of $20K.

Ciright will make available certain technologies and interfaces.

While this is a technology-based competition, multi-disciplinary teams will be encouraged.


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. 


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.


  • Oct 1: Applications open
  • Jan 16 12-2 pm: Info Session
  • Feb 11: Application deadline at Midnight
  • Feb 28: Finalists selected
  • Mar 12: Competition

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