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Drexel StartupFest 2020

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At StartUp Fest 2020, we're bringing together students, alumni and staff (and everyone who want to join us) virtually to discuss, learn and participate in Drexel's entrepreneurship community. Join us for three days of exciting competitions, speakers, networking, expos and more! 

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· 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.
Chuck Sacco Melissa Tevere
· 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!
· 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
· Stage
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.
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
· Stage
"Tik Tok" video pitch competition
Come to watch some fun pitch videos and vote on your favorites! Students - submit your video at
· 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!
Zachary Raber Jacalyn Rosa Debra Colbert-Maduforo Rashi Gala 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
· 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.
William Toms Chuck Sacco Roger Lee
· Sessions
Proving Ground - live interviews
Hear from Drexel entrepreneurs in the trenches working on amazing product, service and non-profit ventures
· Sessions
Idea "fast pitch" competition
Pitch your idea live and win $500! Students - apply for the competition at
· 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
· 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
Vijay Ullal Chuck Sacco
· Sessions
Marketing advice office hours
Have marketing questions? Visit with the team from Argyle Interactive and ask away!
Logan Levenson
· Stage
Baiada incubator competition
Watch five competitors go for $25,000 in cash prizes
Chuck Sacco
· Sessions
Judging room
Incubator competition judges meet privately to decide on the winners
· Stage
Incubator competition awards announcement
Chuck Sacco


Jacalyn Rosa

Game and Incubator Contestent

Zachary Raber

Game Contestant

Debra Colbert-Maduforo


Rashi Gala

Game Contestant

Eric Nguyen

Game Contestant

Jun Jie Zou

Game Contestant

Allen Morris-Smith

Game Contestant

Vijay Ullal


William Toms


Logan Levenson


Roger Lee

Panel moderator

James Paolino


Melissa Tevere


Chuck Sacco

Assistant Dean


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