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Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community

Close School students of all backgrounds and interests, united by dreams of starting companies and pursuing their passions, find a unique residential program in the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community (ELLC). 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 Close School full-time freshmen who live together 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. This includes guest lectures and workshops from prominent entrepreneurs in the region representing diverse industry and market sectors.

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. Numerous field trips expose students to (1) large well-established companies that emphasize innovation and (2) start-ups.

Additionally, mentoring opportunities are available to assist students in developing an initial idea, concept or business plan; and students are privileged with one-on-one access to both emerging companies currently incubating in the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship and experienced serial entrepreneurs.

The transition to university life can be a challenge for even the most mature and academically talented freshmen. The ELLC offers support to new students during this period of adjustment in a number of ways: a dedicated administrator who mentors participants and ensures 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; and social events are offered throughout the year to provide community members with the chance to relax, bond and develop meaningful friendships.

Students must attend a minimum of 80% 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).


  • Can only Close School entrepreneurship majors apply for the ELLC?
    Yes; the ELLC is a closed group open only to Close School majors.
  • 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?
    Yes. All ELLC students must join and participate in the Drexel Entrepreneurship Association(DEA).

For more information, contact:
Damian Salas
Assistant Teaching Professor and Driector, Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community
3230 Market Street
402 Pearlstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104