The Close School is one of a very small number of freestanding schools of entrepreneurship in the nation. Building on an outstanding foundation of curriculum, programming, and thought leadership at Drexel, the Close School is the engine driving the expanded culture of entrepreneurship envisioned by the University’s strategic plan.
The Close School believes that entrepreneurship is not just a technical process of launching new companies, but is a set of personal and professional skills that foster the pursuit of innovation in business, personal, and career contexts. Students in every college and school at Drexel are able to connect through the Close School to curricular, extracurricular, and experiential programs that support their entrepreneurial efforts. The School serves the regional entrepreneurial and business community through its thought leadership in entrepreneurship research.
Drexel students can benefit from several Close School programs, including an Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community, where like-minded students live in a residential environment dedicated to entrepreneurship programming; Entrepreneurial Co-ops, offering mentoring and financial support to students who spend a co-op period working in their own business; and a "Launch It" course that provides students with guidance and seed money to "de-risk" their own business model.
The School will offer academic programs in conjunction with Drexel’s other colleges and schools for entrepreneurially-focused students, and build joint offerings in entrepreneurship. Our faculty consists of 1) joint appointments with Drexel professors across the university whose work incorporates entrepreneurship and innovation, and 2) a "clinical faculty" of practicing entrepreneurs whose involvement will deepen Drexel's connection to the corporate and entrepreneurship communities.
The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is home to the Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, our already successful catalyst and incubator for student business ideas.