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Mingle with Philadelphia's up-and-coming entrepreneurs, earn a residential position at the Baiada Institute Incubator, and learn professional skills from prominent speakers at Drexel University's biggest entrepreneurship event of the year!


Friday, November 11, 2016


10:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Behrakis Grand Hall - Creese Student Center

Thanks to Our Amazing Sponsors


Event Open | Entrepreneurship Expo (Ongoing)10:00 AM
Rise and shine! Start off the day by checking out booths set up by Drexel student organizations, Baiada Incubator starters, and members of Philadelphia's entrepreneurship community.

Opening Remarks10:25 AM

Fast Pitch Preliminary Round10:30 AM
Here's your chance to pitch your idea to a panel of judges - without having to register beforehand - for the chance to win $1,000. What's the catch? You only have 60 seconds.

Starter's Review: Women in Entrepreneurship Panel11:15 AM
Get ready for a live "Starter's Review" session moderated by the Dean of the Close School, Dr. Donna De Carolis! This panel, featuring prominent women entrepreneurs, will speak about women and entrepreneurship in Philly! Powered by CBS Philly and KYW Newsradio.

Lunch, Networking and Entrepreneur Expo12:00 PM
Grab some free lunch, stretch your legs, and network with your fellow starters!

Fast Pitch Finalists12:45 PM
Our Fast Pitch finalists will go head-to-head in this final round of judging before the winner is selected.

Announcements and Sponsor Remarks1:15 PM

Keynote1:30 PM
Restaurateur Nicole Marquis, founder of HipCityVeg, will speak on her experiences as a rising social entrepreneur. Presented through generosity of the Jamie and Lisa Maguire Speaker Series.

Business Plan Competition2:00 PM
Watch six starters compete against each other for the GRAND PRIZE of $12,500, residency at the Baiada Institute, and mentorship for their startup! This year's competitors are:
+ Oratio - Danish Dhamani, Engineering 2017
+ Circalux - David Hanrahan, LeBow 2017
+ Know Your Rights - Maggie Treuting, LeBow 2016
+ Boost Linguistics - Ethan Bresnahan, LeBow 2018
+ SLEEP: Sleep Level Eye Epsy Product - Josue Manjarrez, BioMed 2017
+ AnneeLondon - Rachel Benyola, LeBow MBA 2017

Final Keynote and Prior Winner Presentation3:45 PM
Hear Eric Hahn, Chief Strategy Officer for the award-winning agency, Fame House, discuss the modern methods of digital marketing and merchandising.

Fast Pitch and BPC Winners Announced4:15 PM

Networking Happy Hour4:30 PM
Now is your time to relax, grab a drink, mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, and discuss your ideas. Also enjoy live music provided by Flux and MAD Dragon Records.

Closing7:00 PM
It's time for the final lap. We hope you had fun, learned a lot, and traded a lot of business cards. See you again next year!


Philadelphia is the city where things are started. Our entrepreneurial ecosystem has been alive and thriving since the colonial era. At Startup Day, we celebrate the innovative ideas of our city's entrepreneurs, while encouraging the next generation of starters. REGISTER


In today's extremely competitive global workforce, there is an increased value and demand for initiative, independence, innovation, and the intellectual dexterity to rethink old ways of doing things and invent new ones. The Charles D. Close School has pioneered an approach to entrepreneurship education that addresses this need by teaching students to be entrepreneurial thinkers and doers, preparing them to meet the world market on solid footing and to create their own opportunities.


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Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship Suite 402 Pearlstein Business Learning Center
3230 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104