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Business & Entrepreneurship

WOLF Financial took top prize in the Baiada Incubator Competition, receiving $12,500 in capital to grow their business, office space in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship once campus opens up more widely, and free legal and accounting services.

Pandemic FinTech Project Takes Top Prize at First Virtual Startup Fest

WOLF Financial and their WOLF app was imagined before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but became all the more needed and was rushed into production back in March. A mere eight months later, student entrepreneurs behind the app took top prize in the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship’s first virtual Startup Fest and Baiada Incubator Competition.

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Drexel Joins Virtual B. PHL Citywide Innovation Festival

With a new virtual format and a focus on supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts in the Philadelphia region, the 2020 B. PHL festival — a celebration of the city’s creative spirit — will bring together innovators for three days of talks, workshops, meet-ups and curated experiences from the city and around the world. Admission to this year’s festival is free, with the option to make a donation to the PHL COVID-19 fund. Drexel University leadership, faculty and professional staff members, including President John Fry, will participate in several events during the festival, which will be held from Sept. 15-17.
Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities Donald E. Moore.

Donald Moore Named One of Region’s Top Minority Business Leaders

The Philadelphia Business Journal has recognized Moore, Drexel’s vice president of real estate and facilities, as one of the top minority business leaders in the region for 2020.
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Less Waste, More Nutrition: Drexel’s Food Lab and Terrain Cafe Partner for Weekly Sustainable Menus

As demand for more sustainable food practices increases, Drexel Food Lab, the culinary innovation lab within Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Terrain Cafe have partnered to meet the challenge. Together, the Drexel Food Lab and Terrain Cafe will focus on up-cycling foods and creating sustainable menus through Terrain Cafe’s “Chef’s Fresh Picks,” a weekly specials menu that runs Friday through Saturday evenings.
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Drexel’s LeBow College of Business Introduces Esport Business Degree

Identifying the growing trend in the industry, Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business is offering a new esport major within the already successful Sport Business program. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an Esport Business major is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in the competitive video gaming industry.
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Dragons Stick Together to Make Social Distancing Decals

Alumni, adjunct faculty and a student co-op are creating labels illustrating spaces six feet apart. And, they’re donating them to life-sustaining businesses.
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Real-Time Data Show COVID-19 Led to 60% Decline in Leisure, Hospitality and Retail Employment

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the U.S. economy and labor markets in an unprecedented way. The leisure, hospitality and retail industries have been hit the hardest by shutdown orders nationwide but new research that uses data from Homebase, a time-tracking software, to provide real-time employment estimates shows that the report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, expected later this week, may not capture the full extent of the contraction.

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Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Marketing Analytics, LeBow College of Businessan assistant professor of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems at Drexel University’s Matthew Schneider, PhD, and Dawn Iacobucci, PhD, of Vanderbilt University, proposed a new methodology that permanently alters survey datasets to protect consumers’ privacy —when data is shared— while still preserving a level of reasonable accuracy for these datasets.

When most of the activity in Philadelphia came to a halt due in an effort to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, Drexel University alum Evan Ehlers and his food recovery nonprofit Sharing Excess saw more action than ever — and rose to the challenge to benefit the city’s less fortunate.

Sharing Excess: Battling Food Insecurity Through COVID-19

When most of the activity in Philadelphia came to a halt due in an effort to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, Drexel University alum Evan Ehlers and his food recovery nonprofit saw more action than ever — and rose to the challenge to benefit the city’s less fortunate.
Two LeBow College of Business upperclassmen share advice for how to assert yourself and make lasting connections in the classroom and on co-op, while also learning valuable lessons before you join the workforce.

Advice for Dragons on How to Hold Your Own with Higher Ups

Two LeBow College of Business upperclassmen share advice for how to assert yourself and make lasting connections in the classroom and on co-op, while also learning valuable lessons before you join the workforce.
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Drexel’s Philly Chef Conference Continues to Draw Big Names and Even Bigger Ideas

The Philly Chef Conference assembles regional and national food and hospitality experts – top chefs, food producers and personalities – to showcase the latest food and beverage trends and techniques through educational lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations, linking established food and hospitality professionals with aspiring students and young industry professionals.
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems Associate Professor Hasan Ayaz, PhD, adjusted the fNIR device on then-PhD student Siddharth Bhatt, from the LeBow College of Business in this photo taken in the Behavior Lab at an event highlighting the successful partnership between SEI and Drexel University. Photo courtesy DSI.

Q&A: Interim Provost Paul Jensen, PhD, on Drexel Solutions Institute

The one-year-old gateway for connecting industry to Drexel talent and research is changing the nature of academic-industry partnership. Interim Nina Henderson Provost Paul Jensen, PhD, who helped spearhead this initiative while previously acting as dean of the LeBow College, talked about how it’s preparing the University for the rapidly changing future of higher ed and industry.
Kasey Manwaring, owner of GoalsFit, a personal training studio in Manayunk, does a pre- and post-class workout with the ENTP 225 students.

Mindfulness and Well Being Class Teaches Mandatory Life Lessons on Happiness

Drexel’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship has launched a new “Mindfulness and Well Being” course, or ENTP 225, that is now mandatory for second-year entrepreneurship students. But both faculty and current pupils see the class’ potential for student-body-wide benefit.