Greek Solutions Graduates to Center City Space
Co-founder Shaw Levin looks back as his company moves on from the Baiada Institute.
July 25, 2014
by Zach Epstein
It’s a common scenario — a few friends, frustrated by something in their daily lives that shouldn’t be quite as complicated as it actually is, say to themselves: “We could figure out a better way to do this.” Often, that belief is fleeting. Maybe it produces a conversation, perhaps some brainstorming, but the discussion usually ends there.
The founders of Greek Solutions are the exception to this rule.
After joining student organizations during their time as undergraduates at Drexel, Shaw Levin and Jeff Ginsburg were convinced that group management didn’t have to be so difficult. They’d spent countless hours planning fraternity events, contacting members and attempting to track every metric that goes into running an organization. Eventually, they realized how much they could benefit from an online suite of tools that would allow them to manage all facets of their fraternity in one place.
Thus, Greek Solutions was born.
“We started as a group of friends who saw how difficult it was to run a student org and wanted to bring everything together in one site,” says Levin.
Not knowing where to turn to continue developing their idea, a friend’s suggestion led them to the Baiada Institute, where they won a space and took advantage of the incubator’s mentorship program.
“It’s a great place to get into the startup spirit, build better products and network,” Levin says. “The other companies are a lot of fun to be around and this atmosphere helps us stay motivated.”
Greek Solutions provides a one-stop shop for all the niceties of organization management. The system allows clients to communicate with members and alumni, track finances and recruitment, and even to build public-facing chapter websites without any programming knowledge.
Having exhausted the resources that the Baiada Institute has to offer, Levin says that Greek Solutions is ready to take the next step.
“We're moving our office to Center City and focusing on adding a few new key features that our clients are starting to ask about,” he says. “We're excited to be traveling to Canada next month to work with a big client, training more than 150 groups on our system. We'll be on almost 200 campuses after this rollout is complete. Very exciting for us.”
Despite no longer working from the Baiada Institute space, Levin plans to maintain his relationship with Drexel’s entrepreneurship community through a series of workshops he spearheaded during his time on campus.
“I'm a developer, and was organizing free startup and tech-focused workshops for the community. We got a great response from professors and professionals of all ages. I'm going to be continuing these and expanding. A variety of groups, spaces and companies have expressed interest in supporting the workshops with speakers, free space and other assistance,” he says.