Through Drexel’s Business Solutions Institute, companies collaborate with Drexel on research, custom training, and evidence-based solutions.
We connect companies such as Vanguard, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell’s Soup Co., and Independence Blue Cross to faculty and students through interdisciplinary projects, classes, executive education opportunities, and custom industry lab research. Past projects have related to business analytics, the "Internet of Things," and UX/UI experience testing.
Drexel students also solve culinary challenges for food industry clients such as The Hershey Co., Bumblebee, and Aramark through the Food Lab, a student-run interdisciplinary food research group. Since its founding in 2014, the Food Lab has earned a reputation for developing innovative recipes and sustainable food products that have led to patent applications and licensing agreements.
Drexel also partners with organizations in the arts and cultural and nonprofit space through the Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships. Since 2017, the center has used its $3 million endowment to fund 25 (previously unpaid) co-ops at organizations like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Delaware Museum of Natural History, and Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
The endowed co-ops give organizations additional resources to publicize their cultural assets while contributing to the training of future museum curators and nonprofit managers.
As Drexel further develops its tech-commercialization resources, opportunities for partnerships will accelerate. For example, the University runs ic@3401, one of the city’s most diverse early-stage startup incubators, where faculty and students collaborate with independent entrepreneurs. And in its final phases, the massive building complex Schuylkill Yards will house academic classrooms and innovative corporations side by side in a collaborative environment.