Time to

Start Something

Starting New Ventures is designed to help you get your next great idea off the ground, the program takes the mystery out of new venture creation. It provides you with the support necessary to get an endeavor launched whether through a startup or small business innovation.

You'll Learn how to:

 Work with proven methods for startup formation

 Test market viability and perform customer research

 Create a minimum viable product

 Develop a basic organizational and financial model

What you'll GEt:


Sizing your market opportunity


Access to a new network of experienced entrepreneurs, investors and mentors


Introduction to the Washington D.C. area startup scene and it’s vast resources


Resource library of videos, documents and tools that can be used to launch any future new ideas


Continued support after the program


Starting New Ventures

Starting New Ventures is hosted by Drexel University’s Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, the United States’ first independent degree-granting school of entrepreneurship, and 1776, the largest network of incubators that cultivates and empowers startup ecosystems in the Northeast Corridor. Drexel University’s entrepreneurship program  was ranked among the “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship” by ​The Princeton Review and prides itself in developing programs to help entrepreneurs thrive.


  • 8:30-10:30                 Program introduction and the Lean Startup methodology
  • 11:00-12:30                 Crafting your value proposition (working lunch)
  • 1:00-2:30                    Finding your first customers (early adopters)
  • 3:00-5:30                   Interviewing your first customers (with feedback) 
  • 8:30-9:30             Sizing your market opportunity
  • 10:00-12:00         Crafting your elevator pitch
  • 12:30-2:00           Practice your pitch and get feedback on your idea
  • 2:30-3:30             Company formation and team
  • 3:30-4:30            Getting started with marketing, logistics and financing
  • 4:30-5:00            Program wrap-up


Location: Washington D.C.
Philadelphia and New York, coming soon.

November 10-11
february 2-3
March 30-31

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This Program May be Eligible for the Tax Credits for Higher Education Program

Instructors and mentorS

Learn from successful entrepreneurs.


Damian Salas

With over 20 years of experience with startup and mid-size companies, Damian is seasoned in growing and sustaining successful businesses. Damian’s work has been nationally published in Human Resources IQ and he also speaks regularly nationwide about productivity, quality, development and strategic planning.


Charles Sacco

Featured in Fortune Magazine regarding mid-career entrepreneurship, Charles Sacco’s career includes a track-record of launching and growing businesses in enterprise software, business process management and mobile apps.

Roy Carriker

Roy has extensive experience in R&D management, tech startups and assessing the market viability of tech innovations. He served as Vice Chairman of Teleflex Incorporated, transforming it into a $2.3 billion provider with over 130 operations in 21 countries. Roy Carriker holds a BS, MS and PhD in Physics and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

NOW is the right time to START