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Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition


Alumni, Friends, Family - please use this link to watch the competition; Tuesday, February 9th from 3-5pm. 

For more information, click on How to Register

Competition Info

The competition has been relaunched and will be fully online during the winter 2021 term.

The deadline for updating existing applications and for new entries is Sunday, December 20th at 11:59pm! See important updates below:

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.

The winter/spring 2020 competition was interrupted due to COVID-19 but we are happy to announce the competition is back on! Any competitor who previously submitted an application can update their existing application or can replace prior entries with a new idea. 

We are also looking for new applications from across the university, especially those focused on solving problems related to COVID-19. 

All entries, COVID related or not, should focus 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. 

How to Register


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 (new and updated applications): Dec 20, 2020 by 11:59pm
  • Applicants notified of acceptance into the competition: Early January 2021
  • Online competition using the Ciright technology platform: Late January / early February 2021

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 here.

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