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Drexel Startup Fest 2020

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· Networking
Networking - All Day
Speed networking with other attendees for 5 minutes. Give it a try and meet a mentor, co-founder or a new friend!
· Sessions
Break the Ice - An Improv Challenge
Starters are notoriously good at brainstorming. 3 teams compete to solve, improv-style, 3 challenges. $250 in prize money will be awarded.
Thomas Kiesnowski Skvwalker VodHavok Eric Nguyen Chuck Sacco Melissa Tevere
· Expo
Join our sponsors and exhibitors throughout the event. See their booths, register interest and chat with their teams!
· Stage
Keynote/panel - Perseverance in the Age of COVID-19
Featuring Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg and Nick Bayer of Saxby's. Learn about the challenges they've faced during COVID and hear how they persevered.
Chuck Sacco
· Sessions
Baiada Institute Virtual Tour and Ask the Entrepreneur
Join us for a virtual tour of the Baiada Institute and meet four Drexel entrepreneurs to learn about their incubating experiences.
Zuri Masud Evan Ehlers Adit Gupta Chuck Sacco
· Sessions
Mentor Office Hours with Jim Paolino
Jim is the CEO and Founder of a FinTech company based in Philadelphia that he started in 2013.
James Paolino
· Sessions
Video Pitch Competition
Come to watch some fun pitch videos and vote on your favorites! The crowd will vote for the favorite, who will win $500!
Melissa Tevere Logan Levenson Debra Colbert-Maduforo Chuck Sacco
· Sessions
Ambition Can't Wait...Wait,Wait Don't Tell Me!
Join us as 3 panelists and 3 contestants compete in Bluff the Listener, Rapid Fill in the Blanks & more! $250 in prize money awarded!
Chuck Sacco Melissa Tevere
· Sessions
Proving Ground
The Proving Ground is an interactive look at Drexel entrepreneurs in action. Join us on Instagram @provinggroundpopup.
· Sessions
Legal advice office hours with the Drexel Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
Meet with the Drexel Entrepreneurial Law Clinic to learn more about them and to ask questions
Joel Knost Eamon Gallagher Fred Poindexter
· Networking
Speed Network with our Drexel Entrepreneurs
Network with our Expo Vendors to learn about their businesses and to share ideas.
· Stage
Keynote/panel - Making a Difference Today
Part of our Black Entrepreneurs in Action program, hear from Will Toms of REC Philly and Ashley Reed, a Non Profit professional.
Ashley Reid William Toms Chuck Sacco Roger Lee
· Sessions
Proving Ground - Live Interviews with our Baiada Incubator Competition Finalists
Hear from our Drexel Baiada Incubator Competition finalists - learn about them & preview their pitches. They pitch on Thursday at 2p, competing for $25K in cash
· Sessions
Idea "fast pitch" competition
Listen to 25 competitors pitch their ideas in an effort to win $750.
· Sessions
Quizzo for Starters
Test your knowledge of Entrepreneurship in categories such as Arts & Culture, Science & Technology, Popular Culture, and Current Events.
Chuck Sacco Melissa Tevere
· Networking
Speed Network with our Drexel Entrepreneurs
Network with our Expo Vendors to learn about their businesses and to share ideas.
· Stage
Keynote/panel - the future
Hear from three amazing Drexel alums based in Silicon Valley about the future of new ideas and entrepreneurship: Vijay Ullal, Brad Lucas and Justin Somaini
Justin Somaini Brad  Lucas Donna De Carolis Vijay Ullal Chuck Sacco
· Sessions
Marketing advice office hours
Have marketing questions? Visit with the team from Argyle Interactive and ask away!
Logan Levenson
· Sessions
Baiada Institute Competition 2020
Drexel's biggest entrepreneurship competition of the year! Watch five competitors go for $25,000 in cash prizes.
Chuck Sacco


Joel Knost

Law clinic

Justin Somaini


Mike Keim


Mel Baiada


Ashley Reid


Fred Poindexter

Law Clinic

Eamon Gallagher

Law Clinic

Thomas Kiesnowski

Game Contestant

Zuri Masud


Adit Gupta


Evan Ehlers


Brad Lucas


Donna De Carolis

Dean, Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship

Jacalyn Rosa

Game and Incubator Contestent

Zachary Raber

Game Contestant

Debra Colbert-Maduforo


Rashi Gala

Game Contestant

Eric Nguyen

Game Contestant

Skvwalker VodHavok

Game Contestant

Vijay Ullal


William Toms


Logan Levenson


Roger Lee

Panel moderator

James Paolino


Melissa Tevere


Chuck Sacco

Assistant Dean, Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship

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