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Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community

Young entrepreneurs at Drexel call the Close School’s Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community (ELLC) home. Students of all backgrounds and interests, united by dreams of starting companies and pursuing their passions, find a unique residential program supported by specially trained and dedicated faculty and staff. This close-knit community of enterprising students lives together and enjoys targeted training, activities, and field trips, as well as experienced and connected mentors able to foster their innovative aspirations.

As a member of the ELLC, you will join a team of dynamic young innovators and build friendships and networks that will sustain you throughout your college years and subsequent careers, all the while developing essential skills for success in the risk-rewarding economy of tomorrow.

The ELLC hosts approximately twenty freshmen comprised from different majors across the University. All full-time entering freshmen planning to live on campus with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply regardless of undergraduate major. Students in this community live on the same floor of Myers Hall.


One of the primary goals of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and investigate the innovation ecosystem within the Philadelphia region. The majority of co-curricular activities during the fall and winter terms expose participants to entrepreneurship within the local community. During the spring term, students have the chance to visit regional and national companies.

  • Mentoring opportunities assist students in developing an initial idea, concept or business plan.
  • Guest lectures and workshops from prominent entrepreneurs in the region represent diverse industry and market sectors.
  • Numerous field trips expose students to (1) venture capital and private equity firms, (2) large well-established companies that emphasize innovation and (3) start-ups.
  • One-on-one access to both emerging companies currently incubating in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship and experienced serial entrepreneurs.

Academic and Social Benefits

The transition to university life can be a challenge for even the most mature and academically talented freshmen. The program offers support to assist new students during this period of adjustment.

  • A dedicated administrator mentors participants and ensure they receive the full benefits of the program by fulfilling all program requirements.
  • Students are cohorted in the same residence hall, providing a peer-to-peer support network of aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Students meet with their academic advisor at least once per term to ensure they are meeting their academic goals.
  • Social events are offered throughout the year to provide community members with the chance to relax, bond and develop meaningful friendships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can only entrepreneurship majors apply for the ELLC?

No. Any full-time freshmen, regardless of academic major, may apply for acceptance into the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community. The Close School takes an interdisciplinary approach to providing entrepreneurial education. The goal is to have a diverse group of students hailing from all colleges and schools at Drexel.

Do I have to live in the residence halls to be eligible for the ELLC?

Yes, because the ELLC is a living-learning community, all participating freshmen are required to live on campus within the residence hall floor designated for the community.

Can a member of the Pennoni Honors College participate in the ELLC?

Yes, honors students may certainly join the community but they must live in the ELLC in Myers Hall. Honors students choosing to live in honors housing are not eligible for the ELLC.

Do I have to participate in all ELLC programming offered throughout the year?

All ELLC students must join and participate in the Drexel Entrepreneurship Association (DEA).

Students must attend a minimum of 75% of all offered programming which will include guest lectures, field trips, workshops and social events. Students with 100% participation will be eligible for selection and sponsorship to attend the IMPACT Conference held by the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT).

For more information, contact:

Damian Salas, ELLC Director
Close School of Entrepreneurship