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May 18, 2022

During the Fall/Winter term, three student entrepreneurs participated in the Close School’s Entrepreneurship Co-op. This Spring, they gave a presentation discussing their experience, their entrepreneurial journey, and their plans for the future. The entrepreneurs included: Paige DeAngelo, the Founder of Aer Cosmetics, Kasiah Harrison, the Founder of Delirium Dreaming, and Phoebe Fry, the Founder of Phoebe Jay Creative.

 

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May 11, 2022

While there are many types of entrepreneurs in the world, Social Entrepreneurs are constantly seeking to make the world a better place, but where do these entrepreneurs gain the skills and knowledge to start turning their ideas into a reality?

 

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April 19, 2022

Entrepreneurs often have the same goals as many of our favorite superheroes, they use their unique set of skills to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, they can inspire a movement for social change, and often face and overcome obstacles through hard work and perseverance. While there is no magic formula for finding success as an entrepreneur, there are certain super power skills that entrepreneurs possess which can contribute to their success. Take a look at the infographic below for some superpower skills every entrepreneur should learn throughout their journey, and click here to rsvp for the next Super Power Skills Series discussion with Debra Malinics!

 

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March 10, 2022

On March 3rd, the Close School of Entrepreneurship hosted its shortened version of Startup Fest, Future Fest. This day-long event brought together students, staff, alumni, and entrepreneurs from the Philadelphia community. The day was packed with pitch presentations, informative panels, and a whole lot of networking!


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March 07, 2022

Meet Kimberly McGlonn, the founder and CEO of Grant BLVD. Kimberly was featured on our Diverse Entrepreneurs In Action panel where she shared her story about launching a business during the Covid-19 pandemic, her passion for helping others, and her journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Kimberly shared unique insights into her journey from teacher to entrepreneur and 6 key factors that go into making a successful entrepreneur.


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March 01, 2022

As an entrepreneur understanding your business inside and out is very important when crafting the perfect pitch. Whether you plan on pursuing funding, partaking in competitions, or presenting to potential investors, having a solid pitch will be what sets you apart from the plethora of other businesses. Creating a successful pitch takes more than just time, planning, and practice. You have to be dedicated to the business, know your role, and most importantly, you have to know your audience. Read the infographic below to see how you can level up your pitch and come out on top after your next presentation!

 

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February 02, 2022

February is Black history month and we want to share stories of successful Black entrepreneurs that paved the way for future generations through their hard work and innovative thinking. It is stories like these that show courage in starting a business and thinking like an entrepreneur. The entrepreneurs featured below took steps that were not taken by others before them, and became an inspiration an example of success to many entrepreneurs in the Black community. Whether they worked from the ground up to become a successful CEO or to become the first Black millionaire and even billionaire! Their stories are perfect examples that anyone can become a successful entrepreneur through dedication, hard work, and a passion for what they do.

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January 16, 2022

Supporting black businesses is a continual effort, it helps to empower the community, their families, and honor black culture. One of the many people that helped pave a path to success for the black owned businesses of today is Martin Luther King Jr.. Today we see so many outstanding examples from black owned businesses, it’s hard to pick just a few of whom to shine a spotlight. Below is an infographic highlighting 5 black owned businesses in Philadelphia that deserve to be recognized for their hard work, innovative thinking, and continued service in the community!

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January 11, 2022

Many businesses start with a great idea, innovative thinking, and a passionate entrepreneurial spirit - but it takes more than that to make a startup work. It takes funding. 

Funding helps startups scale, gain access to better talent and resources, and grow to the point where they can begin to attract venture capital as well as more knowledgeable investors. Programs like the Drexel Startups Fund help young entrepreneurs by not only giving them access to funding but provide other important benefits such as mentoring, incubator space, and introductions to angel and venture capital funding from the university’s alumni network.

 

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December 10, 2021

Coming up with solutions to challenging problems is something people often associate with entrepreneurship. Working in the medical industry requires workers to be leaders, innovative problem solvers, and passionate about their work… all qualities that successful entrepreneurs also possess. While nurses and medical professionals may not come to mind as innovators, they are constantly developing new solutions to problems faced in the medical industry. As a medical professional it’s important to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and gain an understanding of the business world in order to effectively impact change within their field.


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