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Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Boosts Philly’s Startup Ecosystem

Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Director Eamon Gallagher and his class Left to right: 3L Alyssa Parsons, Clinic Director Eamon Gallagher, 3L Cameron Buttermore, 3L Ronald Bowen and 3L Jacob Brownstein

November 30, 2018

Students in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic are helping the owners of six local startups achieve lift off.

The clinic’s 2018-19 projects represent a diverse array of businesses created by interdisciplinary inventors:

  • RFPeasy—a platform that centralizes and streamlines the Request for Proposal process to save time and create efficiencies for pharmaceutical companies seeking commercial partners to conduct for research, business development, distribution and other processes and services. The owners are MBA students from Temple University.
  • Rezzio—a platform that offers support to students as they transition from classroom to career. Rezzio's artificial intelligence measures students' current skill level and provides exercises to increase those skills. The company was launched by a Drexel alumna through the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Close School for Entrepreneurship.
  • CarmaGuys—an auto tune-up service founded by current students at Penn’s Wharton School that provides an on-demand valet service for car wash and repairs.
  • UpTalk—a system that uses voice-to-text technology to automate updates to customer-relationship software (CRM). This startup was co-founded by Drexel business and computer science students and nurtured by the Baiada Institute.
  • Kumba Africa—a mobile application that allows travelers to book African trips in different price ranges that are informed, vetted and led by locals to ensure a safe and authentic experience. The company was founded by a Drexel graduate and nurtured by the Baiada Institute.
  • Lithero—an automated system that uses artificial intelligence to processes natural language contained in pharmaceutical and life sciences companies’ filings to ensure that it complies with regulations that apply to marketing. The co-founders include a Drexel Engineering PhD graduate/post-doctoral researcher at the ExCITe Center and Princeton University graduate.

“These companies have a lot of promise,” said clinic Director Eamon Gallagher. “The founders are extremely knowledgeable about the spaces in which their companies will be operating.”

The four students in the clinic will provide critical legal assistance to the entrepreneurs at an early, extremely vulnerable stage in the companies’ development, said Gallagher, a ’13 Kline alumnus who also serves as program director of ic@3401, a partnership between Drexel and the University City Science Center that hosts early-stage tech companies.

Much of the students’ work will involve helping the entrepreneurs form the startups into legal entities through founders’ agreements and operating agreements, Gallagher said. In other cases, the students will provide assistance with establishing terms of use and privacy policies that will apply to the companies’ online operations.