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Why Should I Participate?

Colleges and employers are seeking individuals with a proven track record of leadership and exhibition of out of the box thinking. Rising Starters™ allows high school students the opportunity to learn valuable presentation and communication skills outside of the classroom at their high school, then participate in a collegiate level competition – all while honing entrepreneurial skills that last a lifetime. 

How Do I Get Started?

  • Step 1: Identify which faculty member will help coach the students.
  • Step 2: Promote your high school’s entrepreneurship pitch competition through the school’s newsletters, take home print-outs, social media pages, etc. to get the word out!
  • Step 3: Host an entrepreneurship pitch competition at your high school and select a winning team or individual by October 20, 2019.
  • Step 4: Email Rising Starters™ Program Manager Roger Lee at rll62@drexel.edu with the name(s) of your winning team or individual by October 20, 2019.
  • Step 5: Email Rising Starters™ Program Manager Roger Lee at rll62@drexel.edu with a video of your winning team or individual’s 5-minute pitch by November 1, 2019. Roger will send you his own feedback video within two weeks of your submission.
  • Step 6: Email Rising Starters™ Program Manager Roger Lee at rll62@drexel.edu with your winning team or individual’s signed participation forms (required) and final PowerPoint presentation slides by December 5, 2019.

Who Should I Contact For Help?

Please contact Rising Starters™ Program Manager Roger Lee at rll62@drexel.edu or 215-833-6961 with any questions or concerns you may have.

Media Kit

The media kit includes logos, two social media posts, a digital flyer and copy for various email to promote your high school’s pitch competition and the Rising Starters™ event at Drexel University. 

FAQs

Two so far! The first was hosted in May 2018 and the second in May 2019.

The program starts with participating high schools hosting their own entrepreneurship pitch competition. Winning high schools teams and individuals will attend and compete in the final Rising Starters™ entrepreneurship pitch competition held on Drexel University’s campus in early December.

The next competition date is Monday, December 9, 2019 from 3:30 – 7:30 pm at Drexel University’s Creese Student Center (located at 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104).

We send photo release forms to each school’s competitors that will be attending the final round at Drexel University. If the student and/or their parent or guardian do not consent to the student’s photo being taken, we alert our marketing and photography teams to ensure that the photo is not captured.

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