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Baiada Institute Incubator Competition

The Baiada Institute Incubator Competition is designed to help student entrepreneurs and their teams develop their business ideas, receive feedback and mentoring, and compete for cash prizes. It also provides opportunities for networking, brainstorming and development of future entrepreneurial opportunities.

Teams develop their ideas with guidance from business leaders who serve as mentors and judges. Additional assistance is provided through workshops held at the Baiada Institute as well as from faculty and staff at the Close School of Entrepreneurship.


Teams must register a team leader, list team members and enter all submissions through the competition website at

A team can consist of one person, or as many people as needed by the team. The team must designate a team leader, who must be a degree-candidate (undergraduate or graduate) student at Drexel University or recent graduate (graduated no earlier than June 2019) of Drexel University.  

See the Rules page for additional information regarding team qualification.


The competition format is below. See the Schedule page for additional timeline details.

  • Round 1Submit your application with an optional video and executive summary. A set of impartial judges will review and score your application online, with the top five scoring applications going through to Round 2. Accepted participants will have the opportunity to receive pitch presentation education and receive feedback during a live practice session.
  • Round 2Five competitors will compete in a live competition during Drexel Startup Fest. Judges will award the top three competitors with the prizes shown below.

Mentoring and pitch practice opportunities will be provided throughout the competition. See the schedule page for more details.


We are proud to offer the following prizes:

Cash prizes

  • First place: $12,500
  • Second place: $7,500
  • Third place: $5,000

In-kind services

  • A certain amount of free, in-kind legal, accounting, and other services will be provided to the winners. Details of those services will be announced.
  • Resident space in the Baiada Institute will be available for the top three teams.



Due Date

Info Session

Week of Sept 20

Application Deadline

Sun Oct 10 by 11:59pm ET

Round 1 Judging

Sun Oct 24 by 11:59pm ET

Pitch Education and Practice

Week of Oct 25


Fri Nov 5