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Entrepreneur in Residence

Founding teams often require mentors to help them more clearly see things from a customer / outside-in perspective and to develop habits of informed experimentation and long term growth.  Stephen Zarrilli’s vast career spans more than 35 years in executive management roles in both public and private companies - including enterprises funded with private equity - leading founders and companies to long-term, sustainable growth. 

Zarrilli has chosen to give back to the entrepreneurial community by becoming a Charles D. Close School Entrepreneur In Residence.

Who should reach out to Stephen Zarilli?


  • Student entrepreneurs looking to develop a sustainable long-term growth strategy

  • Students looking for connections in technology, healthcare, financial services, or consumer products

  • Companies who need guidance with building/hiring a core team with essential skill competencies

  • Companies who want to develop a culture of experimentation and optimization of their products/services

Experienced company advisor and mentor


Mr. Zarrilli has substantial board governance experience. During his career, he has served on six public company boards involving industries that include technology, healthcare, financial services, and consumer products. 

Non-profit experience


Zarrilli currently contributes time and expertise to his local business community by serving on a variety of non-profit boards. He is the former Chair and board member of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (a state-funded early-stage capital source for technology and life science companies), a Board Member of the University City Science Center, and a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. 

Zarrilli is able to help Drexel entrepreneurs position themselves to find funding and backers for their startups through local program knowledge and capital source connections. 

How does Zarilli’s experience help me in today’s business climate?


Student entrepreneurs can obtain invaluable insights, recommendations and introductions to the right people - helping your startup succeed in today’s shifted business climate. His experience on multiple boards at a variety of successful companies provides a deep understanding of company cultures and procedures. Based on your own company’s values and objectives, Zarilli is equipped to help guide fundamental organizational decisions.

Zarilli has also faced both business and personal adversity during his career and was able to exhibit stellar entrepreneurial resilience to overcome barriers time and time again. He can provide students with strategies to identify adversity and advise them on how best to overcome any obstacles in your startup’s path to success.  

Am I ready to schedule time with Stephen Zarilli?


If you’re unsure about scheduling time with Stephen Zarilli, you can always schedule a time to meet with one of our mentors for student entrepreneurs. 

Mentors are an invaluable resource to entrepreneurs in all stages of life. If you feel you need more preparation before scheduling a meeting with our entrepreneur in residence, please use our Mentors as a resource to help prepare you for your big meeting.