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A core principle of the Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is that learning entrepreneurship truly empowers an individual. Our school offers a variety of pre-college programs for high school students interested in developing an entrepreneurial mindset. Below is a quick overview and a link to learn more about each program we offer.


Student Resources

Startup Summer Camp

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Drexel's Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship welcomes high school students who are interested in learning how to develop entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, becoming "Rising Starters" along the way.

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Pitch Competitions

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Rising Starters is our regional entrepreneurship pitch competition for high school students. Competitions are held in the spring and students can compete individually or with a team. Students will also be able to exhibit their ideas, inventions, and businesses during an expo at the event. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 pitches.

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Counselor and Teacher Resources

Professional Development

Professional Development

Designed for high school teachers and counselors, “The Importance of An Entrepreneurial Mindset for Today’s Student” workshop provides turnkey activities and resources to engage students in entrepreneurial thinking and action. Delivered in-person or virtually. Discover the value of an entrepreneurial mindset for student success. Learn techniques to foster entrepreneurial thinking and resiliency in your students and leave with tools your students can apply right away! *This workshop is eligible for Act 48 credits.

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Entrepreneurship Workshops

Entrepreneurship Workshops

Presented by Close School faculty on selected entrepreneurship topics of interest. Workshops range from 1-2 hours of content and include an engaging and interactive exercise. For students in grades 10 - 12.

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Program Development

Teacher Training

These “train the trainer” programs are designed to support educators who are developing their own entrepreneurship education programs. Training can be customized to the needs of your school or program.

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Questions About These Programs?

If you have questions or would like to schedule a workshop, please contact:

Germyce Williams, M.EdL
Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention
Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship
3230 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104