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Drexel University's Startup Fest

startup fest - imagine. innovate. inspire.

About

November 14, 2019 at Behrakis Grand Hall

Startup Fest is our annual, premier entrepreneurship event. This year's event focuses on food innovation (yum!) and will feature our annual Baiada Incubator Competition, a student, staff and alumni pitch competition and an Entrepreneur Expo featuring Drexel student startups and local food entrepreneurs who will be providing samples of their food. Speakers include prominent Philadelphia and national food entrepreneurs, including Steven Zagor, Food Expert, and Tessa Price and Manachem Katz of WeWork Food Labs. Stop by for a chance to enter our raffle and win gift cards and other food prizes from local restaurants. Lunch and an evening reception included. Details and RSVP at Startup Tree.

Schedule

Time Event
9:45am Fast Pitch Registration & General Registration Opens
10:00am – 2:00pm Entrepreneur Expo
10:00am – 11:00am Fast Pitch Competition – First Round
12:00am – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 1:15pm Women in Food Panel
1:15pm – 2:00pm Fast Pitch Competition – Final Round
Alumni and Staff Pitch Competition
2:00pm Remarks From Donna De Carolis, Dean of the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship
2:15pm – 3:00pm Innovation in the Food Industry Keynote
3:00pm – 4:30pm Incubator Competition
4:30pm Awards Ceremony and Raffle Prizes
5:00pm – 6:00pm Reception and Round Table Discussions

Baiada Institute Incubator Competition

The Baiada Institute Incubator Competition is designed to help student and recent graduate entrepreneurs develop their for-profit or non-profit ideas, receive feedback and mentoring, and compete for cash prizes. It also provides significant opportunities for developing your network, learning how to present your business and developing your public speaking skills.

For more competition opportunities, check out the Student Pitch Competition, the Staff Pitch Competition and the Alumni Pitch Competition.

Startup Fest 2018 Recap

Six Drexel University student entrepreneur teams competed to win funding for their startup, physical space in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship and other services that are essential to growing companies. Congratulations to the winners of the competition and thank you to all those who participated!

The winners of the the Baiada Institute Incubator Competition:

First place: Outland Analytics

-Awarded $12,500 in cash, one year of free residency space in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, SEO auditing services from Wanashaker, legal services from Morgan Lewis up to $2,500 and three hours of pro-bono accounting consulting services from GMS Surgent.

Second place: ADHDO

-Awarded $7,500 in cash, one year of free residency space in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, SEO auditing services from Wanashaker, two hours of pro-bono accounting consulting services from GMS Surgent and reserved slot in the next Drexel Entrepreneurship Law Clinic.

Third place: CloutQuiz

-Awarded $5,000 in cash, one year of free residency space in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, 10 free hours of legal services valued at $4,800 from Dougherty Law, one hour of pro-bono accounting consulting services from GMS Surgent and 10 hours of marketing services from Argyle Interactive.

Student Fast Pitch Competition

Winner: Paris Gramann, Just Be
Prize: $500

Drexel University Staff Pitch Competition

Winner: Shawn Walsh
Prize: $250