March 24, 2021
Drexel’s Ciright Dragon Startup Competition was held this February and brought together many innovators from the Drexel community. With $20k in prize money that was split amongst five of the competitors and a ton of great ideas, it’s safe to say that the competition was a hit!
January 11, 2021
Drexel alumni and Co-Founders of goPuff, Yakir Gola and Rafael Ilishayev Drexel class of ‘15, were able to dive deep into their entrepreneurial journey during their fireside chat with Drexel University’s host, the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, on December 3rd. They discussed the unique values instilled in them by their first-generation American backgrounds, the story behind goPuff, the challenges they faced as startup co-founders, and their goals for the company’s future.
November 06, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we experience the 2020 fall semester for all of us at Drexel University, but in the spirit of entrepreneurship, we innovated. From October 27 - 29, Drexel’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship hosted its largest entrepreneurial event of the year, Startup Fest. The event brought together students, alumni, staff, entrepreneurs, and mentors for a three-day virtual event packed full of exciting competitions, educational sessions, and fun entrepreneurship based games.
September 18, 2020
When asked to picture an entrepreneur, you’ll most likely conjure an image of a founder of one of the technology companies from Silicon Valley creating breakthrough products and paradigm shifts. But entrepreneurship covers more than just corporate and new venture creation. The lesser-known brother of the three entrepreneurship concentrations covers developing better communities and lives through what is called social entrepreneurship.
July 31, 2020
A pandemic like COVID-19 has adverse effects on the economy and development of businesses. However, innovators and entrepreneurs who think outside the box can help develop the technologies and solutions that will have a lasting and positive impact in the post-pandemic climate. This pandemic has helped rapidly advance industries across the board and has sped up technological innovation across the world. In times of uncertainty, innovation helps us overcome many of the current challenges we face - and there is no one more capable in rising to the challenge than our future entrepreneurs.
July 22, 2020
Scaling a business is tough, but it gives you the opportunity to support growth in your company. Without the proper training and know-how, growing a business can be extremely difficult, but with the proper training and knowledge, any entrepreneur can take their business to the next level. Taking classes at the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship such as Managing Entrepreneurial Growth and Building Entrepreneurial Teams can help tie in all the essential skills and knowledge required to grow a venture from the ground up. Managing Entrepreneurial Growth will give you an overview of all the important aspects of building your business while helping you to develop the best plan of action to scale and grow. While most people think scaling and growth are two sides of the same coin, there is one key difference. Scaling refers to an increase in revenue without increasing the company's production cost, while growth is equatable to an increase in revenue - but also an increase in spending to get there.
July 08, 2020
Producing a successful business requires consistent learning, great leadership, and an open mindset when discussing new strategies. At the Charles D. Close School, courses such as Leading Startups, Building Entrepreneurial Teams, and Managing Entrepreneurial Growth provide entrepreneurs with the tools and framework to create a strategy, build a team, and grow with limited resources. Whether you're looking to tweak your marketing strategy or advance your product, here are our 5 entrepreneurial tips that will help your team and business standout:
June 26, 2020
Meet Timothy Ericson, a Drexel alum and founder of Zagster (formerly known as CityRyde). Zagster is a bike-sharing company that offers turn-key solutions often found in big cities, for small to medium-sized businesses, commercial companies, and other organizations. With over 250 different bike-share setups across the country, Zagster has become one of the leading companies in the transportation sharing industry.
May 29, 2020
A co-op, which is a term short for cooperative education, is a program employed throughout Drexel University to give students the opportunity to take what they’ve learned from the classroom and apply it to a real-world experience. While on Co-op, students have the chance to work full-time while their academic studies are put on pause. Most people think an internship is the same as a co-op experience, but there are many factors that set them apart from one another.
May 12, 2020
“To aspiring Social Entrepreneurs: start in your heart! Everybody has a true passion for a problem in society, what’s your soul-searing passion? Don’t know yet? Then go somewhere where you can remove all distractions and then go DEEP - into your own heart and soul. Once you have found your Driving Passion, you’re on the right path to social entrepreneurship. But note well: You need your own Driving Passion - because a social mission is grindingly tough and at times even seemingly hopeless. It’s your Driving Passion that will propel you through the grind.”