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PurpleCloud Technologies Helps the Hotel Industry Rest Easier

January 26, 2015

The Baiada Institute company is making hospitality management more efficient — starting with a five-star hotel in their own backyard.

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Young Entrepreneurs Endangered? Not!

January 22, 2015

Sometimes, you have to look between the numbers to find the answers — especially when it comes to recent reports claiming under-30 entrepreneurship is waning.

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Disrupting the Music Industry with Booksmart Founder Ben Melman

January 20, 2015

Ben Melman launched Booksmart to make it easier to book concerts. But this young music mogul has never been one to go by the book.

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Don’t Want to Be Underemployed? Do Your Homework

January 14, 2015

Why doing your due diligence can help you get a job and stay employed.

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Startups Don’t Just Disrupt Established Companies; They Join Them

January 05, 2015

The Close School’s resident sage sheds light on prospects for entrepreneurs in the U.S. job market.

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The Close School's Favorite Moments of 2014

December 19, 2014

From Silicon Valley to Startup Day, here are the highlights that made 2014 a banner year for the Close School.

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Baiada Institute Companies Recap an Impressive Fall Quarter

December 18, 2014

From September through Startup Day and beyond, companies in the Baiada Institute have much to celebrate as they look ahead to 2015.

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Fearless Drexel Sophomore Poised to Launch Public Speaking Startup

December 12, 2014

The founder of VirtuREAL, a software service that aims to help users improve their public speaking skills, says that failing is as much a part of entrepreneurship as success.

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How to Beat the Robots in the Workforce of the Future

December 11, 2014

How creativity and social interaction can help you beat the black hole of job automation.

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Why Entrepreneurship Education Trends Can Only Benefit Today’s College Students

December 04, 2014

The Close School’s resident sage sheds light on prospects for entrepreneurs in the U.S. job market.

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Newly Launched Fitness Line Draws From Ancient Inspiration

November 24, 2014

Spirituality and social consciousness inspired two Drexel seniors to create Chakra Fitwear — a line of workout apparel that’s more than meets the eye.

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7 Things We Learned Growing Up in an Incubation Space

November 20, 2014

215 Marketing is moving out of the Baiada Institute and into new digs in Northern Liberties. Before moving on, they take a look back and offer advice for the next brood of budding startups.

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Entrepreneurs Don’t Take Risks; They Manage Risk

November 19, 2014

The Close School’s resident sage sheds light on prospects for entrepreneurs in the U.S. job market.

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Rest Assured: You’re Better Off Earning a College Degree

November 11, 2014

The Close School’s resident sage sheds light on prospects for entrepreneurs in the U.S. job market.

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The Top 10 Moments From Drexel Startup Day

November 06, 2014

There were winners. There were lessons learned. But it was crowd participation that won the day. Not to mention all those #DrexelStartup14 hashtags.

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Research Says the Value of Your Internship Just Went Up

November 03, 2014

The Close School’s resident sage sheds light on prospects for entrepreneurs in the U.S. job market.

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Company Size Has More to do with Job Creation Than You Think

October 28, 2014

The Close School’s resident sage sheds light on prospects for entrepreneurs in the U.S. job market.

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Meet the 2014 Incubator Competition Finalists

October 27, 2014

Six companies will compete at Startup Day on Nov. 5 for more than $70,000 in total prizes.

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Drexel Entrepreneur Association Wins Big at Wharton Consulting Conference

October 22, 2014

Allison Murphy, former president of the Close School’s Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community, on how Drexel prepared the team to succeed.

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Nonprofit Aahana Takes Cues From the United Nations with New Dialogue Series

October 17, 2014

Aahana Founder Rina Patel targets Philadelphia for new awareness campaign.

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The Best of Times: Student Tech Guru Sounds Off On Smartwatch Influx

September 25, 2014

Startup Co-founder and ELLC Mentor Nigel Coelho says the future of wearable tech is worth watching.

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The Wanderlust of Edward Reybitz

September 22, 2014

Ed Reybitz, a partner in 215 Marketing, left his native Brazil at age 5. He hasn’t stopped moving since.

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Trio of Entrepreneurship Co-op Students Disrupt Business as Usual

September 15, 2014

For Benjamin Melman, Collin Cavote and Maria Allison, launching their ventures means more than just turning a profit. It means changing minds.

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Chuck Sacco Finds Goodness in the Gray

September 11, 2014

Renaissance Man Chuck Sacco never saw the world in black and white. It’s the colors in between that matter most.

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Event Planning App Makes a Power Play

September 08, 2014

From the ice to the iPhone, eventuosity founder and Drexel alum Justin Panzer has always found inspiration in organization.

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Winning with Professor Salas

August 28, 2014

Damian Salas makes one thing clear to his students: If you take one of his classes, you’re going to do amazing things.

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Duo of Drexel Entrepreneurs Hope to Start B-Corp Revolution in Philadelphia

August 21, 2014

Maria Allison and Nicole Koedyker, co-founders of Forsei Consulting, are helping to create a new class of socially conscious entrepreneurs.

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Jon Vogel's #Motivation

August 15, 2014

The co-founder of 215 Marketing, currently incubating the Baiada Institute, shares the story behind his love of inspirational quotes.

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'I’m Sorry to Hear' Welcomed into Project Liberty Digital Incubator

August 05, 2014

Founded by Drexel grad Rachel Zeldin, the former Baiada Institute company is touted as the "TripAdvisor of funeral planning."

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Greek Solutions Graduates to Center City Space

July 25, 2014

Co-founder Shaw Levin looks back as his company moves on from the Baiada Institute.

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Entrepreneurship Courses Open to All Drexel Students This Fall

July 25, 2014

Close School course offerings focus on infusing entrepreneurship into all academic disciplines.

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TechGirlz Take Over

July 11, 2014

TechGirlz, a nonprofit aimed at closing the gender gap in the technology world, partnered with the Close School to host its third annual summer camp for girls interested in tech careers.

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Shazam Co-founder Advocates Entrepreneurship Education, the Power of the Pivot

July 09, 2014

Philip Inghelbrecht shares lessons learned in the trenches of Silicon Valley.

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Behind the Scenes with Five Five Collective

July 08, 2014

Max Goldberg and Dan Leung, recent Drexel graduates and founders of video production company Five Five Collective, discuss working on projects with the Close School and their own path to entrepreneurship.

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Close School Announces New Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship Website

June 30, 2014

The incubation arm of the Close School translates its groundbreaking work incubating student and alumni ventures into an interactive online resource center.

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Silverman Family Endows Professorship Honoring Close School Dean

June 25, 2014

Two-time Drexel alumnus Stanley W. Silverman '69, '74 and his wife, Jackie, have donated $2 million to endow The Silverman Family Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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Baiada Institute Biowall Guy Goes International

June 25, 2014

Collin Cavote finds inspiration, funding for his carbon-scrubbing biowalls in the City of Lights.

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We Are Risk-Takers, We Are Fearless and We Are Starters

June 23, 2014

Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community Mentor Nigel Coelho reflects on the ELLC's inaugural class.

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It's All About Timing for Freshman Entrepreneur Ni Min

June 09, 2014

This multilingual Drexel freshman could have waited until college to study abroad. Instead, she did it at 15.

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Thank You, Drexel: Senior Skyler Logsdon Looks Back

June 03, 2014

Graduating senior Skyler Logsdon has always known how to work the angles. Even if he didn’t see them coming.

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Spor Chargers Poised for Launch (With Your Help)

May 27, 2014

Founders of all-in-one solar charger find inspiration in water, crowd funding.

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Student Entrepreneur Bill Ho No Stranger to Hard Work, Hogwarts

May 22, 2014

Ho may say he’s "hardheaded," but the China native majoring in chemical engineering has a soft spot for Drexel's entrepreneurship community.

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Drexel University's Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship Launches Bachelor's Degree, Minors

May 20, 2014

With the launch of undergraduate degrees, the Close School becomes the first freestanding school of entrepreneurship in nation to offer its own degrees.

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Future CEO Sheldon Chen Doesn't Give Up

May 16, 2014

The environmental engineering major and ELLC member hopes to follow in the footsteps of his entrepreneurial father.

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Drexel Folk Hero Will Cartwright Talks Softly and Carries a Big Oar

May 12, 2014

Will Cartwright rows crew and he probably works harder than you. Maybe it has to do with those entrepreneurial genes.

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"Kegg" Mobile App Declared Winner of 2014 Ian J. Berg Business Plan Competition

May 09, 2014

Created by Dan Eberhart and Jonathan McDaniel, Kegg is a networking service that connects college students to local events via a private, college-only environment.

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Up Close and Personal: Naa Dedei Coleman

May 08, 2014

The freshman psychology major wants to change the world. And she sees the Close School as the perfect training ground to make it happen.

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Entrepreneurship in Action: ELLC Students Join in Delaware River Cleanup

May 07, 2014

Members of the living-learning community joined with United By Blue to help clean Penn Treaty Park, and got a lesson in how entrepreneurship can spur social change.

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ELLC's Chris Rocco Can't Stop Thinking About the Next Big Thing

May 02, 2014

Now a rising entrepreneur, Chris Rocco wasn't sure what he wanted to do after high school. Then a talk with his father changed everything.

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Ian J. Berg Business Plan Competition Finalists Selected

April 25, 2014

The six teams chosen will present their business plans to a panel of judges on May 8.

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Working For Yourself Can Pay Off (Especially on Co-op)

April 22, 2014

The Close School’s first batch of Entrepreneurship Co-op students trade insights and speak prolonged success.

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Entrepreneur Allison Murphy Makes Her Own Opportunities

April 17, 2014

From princess to maturing impresario, Allison Murphy has worn many hats. She recently added entrepreneur to her wardrobe. It fits her well.

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Celebrity Stylist Andy Paige Preaches Entrepreneurship, Empowerment

March 07, 2014

Celebrity stylist, budding fashion mogul and media darling Andy Paige stopped by Westphal’s URBN Annex Screening Room Wednesday to talk entrepreneurship.

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Baiada Announces Concept Paper Competition Winners

February 24, 2014

This year, 70 teams submitted entries for a coveted spot in the top three.

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Skyler Logsdon’s New App Nothing to Coif About

February 18, 2014

Thanks to Drexel LeBow senior Skyler Logsdon, the Close School of Entrepreneurship already has a connection at Facebook — and all it took was a bad haircut.

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Close School Founding

January 30, 2013

Thanks to $12.5 million in recent gifts from the Charles and Barbara Close Foundation, Drexel University will establish the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, which will be one of a very small number of freestanding schools of entrepreneurship in the nation and the only one in Philadelphia. 

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