November 14, 2019

@ Behrakis Grand Hall

Mingle with Philadelphia’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs, earn a residential position at the Baiada Institute Incubator, and learn professional skills from prominent speakers at Drexel University’s biggest entrepreneurship event!


Startup Fest is an annual event hosted by Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship to come together, share ideas, and compete with one another in all aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship. Although this year’s event will focus on food innovation, Startup Fest will feature our annual Baiada Incubator Competition, a student, staff and alumni pitch competitions and an Entrepreneurship Expo. Startup Fest is Philadelphia’s premier entrepreneurship event for which attendees can earn cash, prizes, and innovative knowledge to take back to any venture or studies.


Entrepreneur Expo

The entrepreneurship expo is a great opportunity to get your product or business in front of all Startup Fest attendees. Whether you have a booth with signage or an interactive experience for guests, make the most out of the expo this Startup Fest.

Showcase your business or startup

Looking for a business partner, interns, or an audience to test your idea or business? Click this link to get more information!

Fast Pitch Competition

Use this opportunity to validate your idea by pitching it to a panel of judges on the main stage. Prizes of $500 will be awarded to the best ideas!

Incubator Competition

The Baiada Institute Incubator Competition is designed to help student entrepreneurs and their teams develop their business ideas, receive feedback and mentoring, and compete for cash prizes. It also provides opportunities for networking, brainstorming and development of future entrepreneurial opportunities.

Still time to apply for the incubator competition

Interested in an opportunity to win $12,500 for your new business? Apply for the business incubator competition here.


In today’s extremely competitive global workforce, there is an increased value and demand for initiative, independence, innovation, and the intellectual dexterity to rethink old ways of doing things and invent new ones. The Charles D. Close School has pioneered an approach to entrepreneurship education that addresses this need by teaching students to be entrepreneurial thinkers and doers, preparing them to meet the world market on solid footing and to create their own opportunities.