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Choose your own path at Drexel’s premier Entrepreneurship Festival! Students, graduates, and entrepreneurs are all welcome to join virtually for a three-day celebration of entrepreneurship by attending speaker panels, mentoring sessions, networking, competing for over $15,000 in prizes and more!

Day 1 - Oct 27


Break The Ice – An Improv Challenge

Starters are notoriously good at brainstorming. 2 teams compete to solve, improv-style, 2 challenges facing the world today. Join us to vote for the winner!


Keynote – Perseverance In The Age Of COVID-19

Hear from experienced entrepreneurs pivoted due to COVID-19. Learn about the challenges they faced and how they persevered to overcome them and forge ahead.

Panelists: Nicole Marquis and Nick Bayer


Baiada Institute Virtual Tour & Entrepreneur Q&A

Get a tour of the Baiada Institute and talk to current entrepreneurs in a Q&A format. 


Mentoring “Office Hours”

Business office hours with Jim Paolino.


Video Pitch Competition

Come to watch some fun pitch videos and vote on your favorites! 

Day 2 - Oct 28


Proving Ground

The Proving Ground is an interactive look at Drexel entrepreneurs in action. Join us on Instagram @provinggroundpopup


Ambition Can’t Wait…Wait,Wait Don’t Tell Me!

Are you a fan of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”? Join us for our take on it! 3 panelists compete in Bluff the Listener, Rapid Fill in the Blanks & more!


Mentoring “Office Hours”

Legal office hours with Eamon Gallagher.


Panel – Making A Difference Today

Part of our Black Entrepreneurs in Action program.

What are entrepreneurs doing today to help those in need and make a big difference in the world? Hear from local entrepreneurs who are making a difference!

Panelists: William Toms and Ashley Reid


Drexel Entrepreneurs – Live Interviews

Hear from real Drexel entrepreneurs in the trenches working on amazing product, service and non-profit ventures.


Idea “Fast Pitch” Competition

Pitch your idea live and win $750!

Day 3 - Oct 29


Quizzo for Starters

Test your knowledge of Entrepreneurship in categories such as Arts & Culture, Science & Technology, Popular Culture, and Current Events.


Panel – The Future

What’s ahead for entrepreneurs and what exciting new ideas and technologies are the big opportunities for the coming years?

Panelists: Vijay Ullal, Brad Lucas and Justin Somaini


Mentoring “Office Hours”

Marketing office hours with Logan Levenson.


Baiada Incubator Competition

The Baiada Institute Incubator Competition is designed to help student and recent graduate entrepreneurs develop their for-profit or non-profit ideas, receive feedback and mentoring, as well as over $15,000 in cash prizes!


Competition Judgment & Evaluation


Incubator Competition Awards Announcement

Entrepreneurs from different industries and verticals are expected to be in attendance in a number of roles including exhibitors, students, speakers, and roundtables.

Nick Bayer


Founder and CEO of Saxby’s – a hospitality business fueled by great coffee. Nick is also a board member of The Franklin Institute and Drexel’s own Charles D. Close School of entrepreneurship.  

Nicole Marquis


CEO and Creator of the trend setting plant-based fast casual restaurant chain HipCityVeg, currently with locations in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

William Toms

Head of Strategy

Co-Founder of REC Philly, an ecosystem that exists to empower independent creators to do more of what they love. Will is in the intersection of entertainment, technology, economics and social change.

Learn and connect with the best


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Bring together top talent to discuss entrepreneurship

Justin Somaini

Chief Security Officer

Just is the Chief Security Officer at Unity Technologies. Justin Somaini is an experienced global security executive with a long record of transforming companies’ security functions and driving security as a competitive differentiator. Justin was the Chief Security Officer at SAP, has had senior roles at companies such as Yahoo, Box and Symantec and serves as an advisor to many startups. Justin is also the Founding Partner of Somaini LLC which provides strategic security management consulting to assist organizations in tailoring designed security models. Justin has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Drexel.

Brad Lucas

SVP for Global Digital Solutions

Brad is the SVP Global Digital Solutions at Fiserv. Brad is a visionary product and technology executive with deep experience developing award-winning and transformational digital solutions for global brands in financial services, retail, energy, and automotive industries. Prior experience include Head of Mobile for Target where his team was one of the first to deploy Apple Pay for Retail.  As the Head of Mobile for JPMorgan Chase, Brad was responsible for developing the nation’s first mobile banking applications that included award winning features like mobile check deposit, SMS balance notifications, money transfer, and mobile person-to-person payments. Brad graduated from Drexel with focus on MIS and Finance.

Vijay Ullal


Vijay is the Founder of Seabed V and former President and COO of Fairchild Semiconductor. Vijay has led technology development, operations and business units at companies like Maxim, from early start-up days to a company with a $10B market cap, and Fairchild, the founding company of the Silicon Valley. He has led operations, business units and entire companies at every stage of a company’s life cycle. He is deeply passionate about new technology, new products and growing things from zero to one. Vijay has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel.

Ashley Reid


Ashley Reid of Active Mom Fitness supports Philadelphian women and moms through filling the gap in personal training, prenatal exercise consultations, and postpartum fitness. 
Prizes, funding and more for the win


Pitch Video Competition 


Idea “Fast Pitch” Competition

$12,500 (1st)

Incubator Competition 


  • Keynote – Perseverance In The Age Of COVID-19
  • Baiada Institute Virtual Tour & Entrepreneur Q&A
  • Drexel Entrepreneurs – Live Interviews
  • Panel – Making A Difference Today
  • Panel – The Future
  • Networking
  • Icebreakers
  • Mentoring “Office Hours”
  • Proving Ground
  • Interactive Exercise
  • Entrepreneur Quizzo
  • Video Pitch Competition
  • Idea “Fast Pitch” Competition
  • Baiada Incubator Competition


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