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Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs Start Here.

Twenty-first century marketplaces are evolving at an astonishing pace. They demand innovative new businesses that adapt to the emergence of new technologies, shifting consumer habits and global upheavals. And established companies must be open to rethinking old practices and breaking free of the status quo in order to stay competitive. At this moment, the world needs entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinkers — disruptors who create new ventures, clear pathways for new ideas, and exercise daring and resilience in the face of obstacles.

At Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship is more than the process of starting a company. It’s also a state of mind.

We seek partners who share our vision and passion. Your investment in the Close School of Entrepreneurship will empower us to realize our greatest potential, and it will put your stamp on the future.

Dean’s Scholarship Fund at the Close School

The Close School student wants to make a difference and they know that our curriculum and programs will provide them with the innovative mindset and toolkit to achieve their goals. You can encourage the next generation of innovators through your support of a student scholarship.A gift of a student scholarship supports those students with a strong desire to attend the Close School, but have financial limitations.

Close School Programming

  • Entrepreneurship Co-­Op​: This is a distinctive program both for the Close School andDrexel University. Students have the opportunity to work for their own companies for six months and we support them with a salary of $15,000 (similar to the average salary of a Drexel co-​op). In addition, they are provided incubation space in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship and individualized mentoring. As a sponsor of the Entrepreneurship co​-op, you have the option of being involved with the co-​op student as an advisor and mentor.
  • Launch It Class​​: This is the Close School 'capstone' course. The methodology is based on the lean startup approach in which students test assumptions about their ideas. We provide 'seed funding' of $2000 per team to move forward with their innovations. Your gift will encourage new ventures.
  • The Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship​: Baiada is our signature ​experiential learning environment, encompassing an incubator, mentors and various other resources to support student entrepreneurs throughout the university. Your contribution to the incubator or to programming such as Startup Fest, is an immediate boost to Drexel students.

Day of Giving

Philanthropy maintains a large role at Drexel University. Each year during the 24 Hours of Impact (Day of Giving), Drexel family, faculty and friends make a difference by donating to individual schools and programs.

Alma Matters

Alma Matters is a three part program that keeps alumni, students and friends of Drexel University close to the action. Contributors are not faceless donors, but valuable assets to student and university growth.

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Dean’s Strategic Fund

As we grow and invest in our students, we need funds for various programs as they arise. An unrestricted gift facilitates our opportunities for strategic initiatives.

Named Professorships

Scholarship and pedagogy are critical to the sustainability of the Close School. Attracting and retaining high quality professors enables us to continue our unique approach to education and our thought leadership. If you have a passion for a particular topic such as social entrepreneurship, family business, technology entrepreneurship or something else, a professorship in your name will facilitate advancement of thought leadership and teaching in that area. You will be part of an ongoing legacy. A named professor can be in the form of an endowment for a tenure/tenure track professor; or a shorter term commitment for a teaching professor.

Dedicated Spaces

The physical spaces that comprise the Close School and the Baiada Institute are in full use on a daily basis by students, faculty, staff and visitors. There are several rooms and areas that maybe “named” in your honor or in honor of a loved one.

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Brett M. Burchette, Ed.D., Executive Director, Development

Assistant Vice President of Development

Sarah Cardwell 
Director of Development 

George Robinson 
Director of Development 

Dan Freeman, Ed.D.

Associate Director of Development


Molly Sweeney
Associate Director of Development

Chris Katsifis

Associate Director of Development



Marisa Grady

Development Associate


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