Join the TUYA for the 5th edition of the #TempleMadeEntrepreneur event series featuring Brian Linton of United by Blue. Brian will discuss how he and his company successfully launched two products with the help of Kickstarter, 2,500+ backers, and over $150,000! We will hear about the benefits of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter as a means to finance your ideas and help achieve your business goals. Come to find out if crowdfunding is right for you, get some ideas on how to run a successful funding campaign, and for a chance to learn more of Brian’s dynamic story.

Food and drink will be served.

For more details and registration click here.

Registration is free! Food and beverages will be provided.  We hope to see you there!
October 8, 2015 4-5:15 PM, UG Commons (The Egg)

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015,  please join the IEI in welcoming Alon Barzilay for a Fireside Chat session.  Alon is the founder and CEO of Barzilay Development Group, a unique real-estate and development firm that resides in Philadelphia.  Learn more about Alon and what makes his company stand out above the rest.

Save the date! Please join us for the 16th Annual League for Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015. The event will be held in the Great Court in Mitten Hall from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The League for Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference is an annual event hosted at Temple University’s Main Campus that recognizes the successes of local female entrepreneurs and allows them to share their insight into the industry with aspiring entrepreneurs. This year’s featured panel discussion is “Startups: Swimming with the Sharks”.

More details to come.

As you have probably heard, Steve Case – co-founder of AOL and CEO of Revolution – will be in Philadelphia on September 29th to invest $100,000 in a local startup during a pitch competition and host a happy hour celebration for the startup community.

Both events will be held at the National Constitution Center and are open to the public. The events are FREE to attend but you MUST RSVP to reserve your spot.

4pm on 9/29: Pitch Competition with Steve Case for $100k [Pitch Competition RSVP link]

6pm on 9/29: Happy Hour Celebration with Steve Case [Celebration RSVP link]

The “Rise of the Rest” initiative, which includes partners Google for Entrepreneurs and SalesForce for Startups, is a nationwide effort led by Steve Case to showcase – and invest in – talented entrepreneurs  across the U.S. Through the effort, President Obama has publicly applauded, $1.5 million has been invested in startup businesses across a diverse set of 14 cities.

RSVP to attend!

PS – here is a recent Philadelphia Inquirer piece on Rise of the Rest, here is a national story in Fast Company, and here is a blogpost from Steve announcing the upcoming tour.

A 2015 winner of the Be Your Own Boss Bowl, Yasmine Mustafa recently used the TEDxPhiladelphia platform to speak on perseverance, what she calls “the birth lottery”, and the opportunities available in the United States.

Read more about Yasmine’s TEDx talk on Fox School News

20150530_122118 (1)“Start building your binders full of women” is the challenge that Ellen Weber, Executive Director of Temple University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) issued to the audience at the TEDxWalnutStWomen event, held on May 30th in Center City Philadelphia.

This inaugural event, titled Momentum, featured TEDx talks from the global 2015 TEDWomen conference, as well as speakers from the Philadelphia community, such as Weber. The goal of the event was to provide bold ideas that create momentum in how women think, live, and work in the city and in the world.

In her speech, Weber focused on the importance of women investing in women. Opening with a joke about former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” snafu, she highlighted the importance of women having a binder of their own from which to pull for social, political, investment and emotional capital.

Social capital involved creating a strong network of women within the workplace, such as Weber’s own involvement as a board member in the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. The key to investing in social capital is what Weber titled “Kiss My Ask.”  This method is a step-by-step guide used to ask for an introduction. Political capital ties in with this. The more credibility you build in the workplace, the more you can connect other women with opportunities.

Weber also discussed investment capital. She stated, “Female CEOs delivered 12% more revenue on 33% less capital than used by men, and women have half the growth expectation of men.” She emphasized how 20150530_132516_8_bestshotcritical it is for women to invest in women through funds, direct investment, angel groups, and even through less accredited methods such as Kickstarter.

A heartfelt closing on emotional capital ended Weber’s TEDx Talk. She revealed a personal anecdote about how the support she was given from her closest friends during a difficult time was immeasurable. Weber stated, “men live in a world of quid pro quo, keeping track of who’s done what for whom, but we don’t have to.”

Other speakers at the event were VP of Program Development for You Can Play Anna Aagenes, Director of Talent Acquisition at Curalate Natalie Ledbetter, sexologist and clinicians’ trainer Timaree Schmit, recipient of the 2013 Turning Point Prize Jessica Lee, founder of WXYZ Jewelry Laura Wass, co-founder of Milk Crate Morgan Berman, Co-Director of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project Lauren Fine, and CMO of Xtreme Tilt, LLC. Christine Krzyzanowski.

TEDx is a local, self-organized talk that brings people together, the “x” equals an independently organized TED event. This TEDx event was sponsored by Women’s Way, CircleRank, Nutmeg Cookies, Business Accounting and Tax Service, NextFab, Monetate, Good Karma Café, Erawan Thai Cuisine, Kasich Creative Photography, and CityCoHo Philly Nexus.

A video of Ellen’s TEDx talk will be available to view on the IEI website shortly.

Connect with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute by following on Twitter and Instagram @IEIFox  and Facebook

-Aeshna Sarkar

With over 143 total participants, 13 Temple schools and college represented, and approximately 300 attendees at the competition and 150 at the reception, the 17th annual 2015 BYOBB Finalist Presentations and Awards Ceremony was one of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute’s most successful events yet.

BYOBB was held on April 16 in the Alter Hall Auditorium. After receiving a number of high-quality business plan submissions, 12 finalist companies from across Temple University’s 17 colleges presented impressive pitches to six judges from the Philadelphia professional and investor community. In addition to cash prizes, top winners were also given the opportunity to pitch in front of the Region’s leading investor groups. To find a full list of BYOBB winners click here.

“This is an honor and an amazing privilege. I’m looking forward to the year for RatesForUs. Thanks Temple University!” – BenStucker, RatesForUs, Inc., 1st Place Upper Track and Grand Prize Winner BYOBB 2015.

Temple alumnus, Cofounder and Editorial Director of Philly, Christopher Wink, was the event’s keynote speaker and honored during the awards ceremony by receiving the “Temple Self-Made and Making Others Award.” Christopher shared key tips to the entrepreneurs in the crowd, advising to “Be a founder not a boss.” Connect with Christopher on Twitter @christopherwink to start a conversation and learn more about the young successful entrepreneur.

“The bar is higher every year, the companies are more seasoned and the crowd gets bigger. I really enjoyed watching this year’s competition and reflecting on my time as a BYOBB participant.” – Ofo Ezeugwu, Whose Your Landlord, 1st Place Upper Track Winner BYOBB 2014.

The BYOBB was a free and public event, allowing attendees to vote for their favorite winner via a real-time feedback platform called YORN, Your Opinion. Right Now. When the event concluded at 6 p.m., the BYOBB results were in!

Those who used the hashtag #BYOBB2015 on Twitter had the opportunity to win IEI giveaways including movie tickets throughout the event. The competition winners were Twitter users including @No_IMC, @lcvii and @DilMD. Thank you all for participating!

Look forward to BYOBB 2016 updates on our website and be sure to follow us on Twitter @IEIfox, Facebook at and Instagram @temple_iei. To learn more about the event, simply search the hashtag #BYOBB2015 on Twitter or email us at


2015 BYOBB Winners

April 17, 2015 //

Congratulations to all of the 2015 Be Your Own Boss Bowl Winners


RatesForUs, Inc., Fox School of Business


1st Place- Habitat, LLC, Fox School of Business

2nd Place- Salia Inc., College of Engineering

3rd Place- Joi, Fox School of Business

4th Place- Age of Aquarius, School of Media and Communication


1st Place- ROAR for Good, LLC, Fox School of Business

2nd Place- LIA Diagnostics, School of Communications and Media

3rd Place- Cycle Clothing Co., Fox School of Business

4th Place- The Communal Kitchen, Fox School of Business


1st Place- RatesForUs, Inc., Fox School of Business

2nd Place- DevelapMe, Fox School of Business

3rd Place- Affinity Confections, Fox School of Business

4th Place- Jauntify, College of Liberal Arts




The 17th Annual Be Your Owl Boss Bowl with be held this Thursday (April 16) in the Undergraduate Auditorium, Alter Hall from 1-5pm.

Here’s where you get involved during the competition:

  • Tweet messages and photos to @IEIFox using #BYOBB2015 during BYOBB to win prizes! We will select the best tweets throughout the competition.
  • Vote for your favorite company and give them helpful comments by using your cell phone. We will give you the easy instructions at BYOBB.

Here’s is the schedule for presentations:

“Enlightening, Useful and Conversational” are just a few words to describe TechConnect.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) partnered with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the second time to host their semiannual innovation and technology two-day workshop, TechConnect Idea to Invoice Workshop, on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. The two-day workshop brought scientists and technologists together with business professionals to develop strategies to move tech innovations to market success.

The IEI hosted a successful TechConnect in fall 2014, with 90 attendees including Temple University students and faculty, Philadelphia business executives and representatives from Mayor Nutter’s office. Along with returning participation from the Philadelphia Mayor’s office, this year’s TechConnect had over 100 registered attendees with participating organizations including Comcast, Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Boeing, and other technology giants.

TechConnect kicked off at 5:30 p.m. by assembling multi-functional teams around a number of technologies. The workshop then followed a technology commercialization roadmap, leading teams with the active support of business mentors, through each stage of the process.  Workshop attendees had the option of working on their own technological innovation or a technology provided by one of our partners.

A participating MBA candidate who attended TechConnect shared, “the most important value addition was the people I met along the way. It is because of the people that events such as these are so awesome.” Sr. Technology Commercialization Specialist of NASA found the event to be “very informative and useful.”

Andrew Maxwell and IEI Managing Director, Robert McNamee, led presentations throughout the conference speaking about topics including new product development, innovation science, technology to job mapping, corporate challenges, and much more. The workshop took place in the MBA Commons on the 7th floor of Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Alter Hall and concluded at 8:30 p.m.

The IEI Institute is looking forward to the next TechConnect workshop, which will place fall of this year. Stay tuned for more details on

All photos taken at this event were from Temple SMC Senior, Saeed  Briscoe. Click here to learn more about IEI.

BYOBB Finalists Announced

April 1, 2015 //

Undergraduate Track

Age of Aquarius 
Todd White, Center for the Arts ‘15
Andrew Vuocolo, School of Media and Communication ‘15
Gabrielle Radcliffe, School of Media and Communication ‘16

Habitat LLC
Andrew Nakkache, Fox School of Business ‘16
Michael Paszkiewicz, Fox School of Business ‘16
Brandon Bahr, Fox School of Business ‘16
Kathleen Chen

Christopher Cotteta, Fox School of Business ‘16

Salia Inc.
Saliha Ahmad, College of Engineering ‘16

Upper Track

Affinity Confections
Joseph Green, Fox School of Business ’12

Cliff Tironi, Fox School of Business Administration
Tony Petrucci, Fox School of Business Faculty

Dennis Pitcock, College of Liberal Arts ’07

RatesForUs, Inc. 
Ben Stucker, Fox School of Business ’13
Alec Baker

Social Track

Cycle Clothing Co. 
Timothy Mounsey, Fox School of Business ’16
Brandon Study, Fox School of Business ’18

LIA Diagnostics
Bethany Edwards, School of Communications and Media ‘06
Anna Couturier, Tyler School of Art ‘11
Sarah Rottenberg
Frances DiMare

ROAR for Good, LLC 
Yasmine Mustafa Fox School of Business ’06
Anthony Gold
Peter Eisenhower, College of Engineering ‘11
Charlotte Wells, College of Liberal Arts ‘15

The Communal Kitchen
Lawron DeLisser, Fox School of Business ’11
Courtney Behar, Fox School of Business ‘10

BYOBB 2015 Poster

Be sure to register for the 17th annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl Finalists Presentations and Awards Ceremony on April 16 from 1- 5 p.m. in the lower level of Temple University’s Fox School of Business School’s auditorium. The competition’s 12 finalists will present their business plans to both students and judges, with the goal of winning up to $200 thousand in cash and prizes, including a space in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute incubator and entrance into the business mentorship program.

Temple alumnus, Co-founder and Editorial Director of Philly, Christopher Wink, will be the keynote speaker and honored during the awards ceremony by receiving the “Temple Self-Made and Making Others Award.” Prior to founding his technology news networking site, he worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit organization and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. Known as courageous and fierce by many, Christopher continues to provide tremendous leadership in the Philadelphia entrepreneurial and technology communities.

The BYOBB Finalists Presentation and Awards Ceremony is an open event, free for the public to vote for their favorite business to win big. Attendees will vote on a real-time feedback platform called YORN, Your Opinion. Right Now. Learn more about the BYOBB competition by visiting

Connect with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute by following on Twitter and Instagram @IEIFox using the hashtag #BYOBB2015 and Facebook

Click HERE to register.

The Department of Strategic Management at the Fox School of Business will host an Information Session for the Master of Science in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship degree on April 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the 7th floor of Alter Hall. The session will help students learn more about the Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship program and how this specialized master’s degree will equip working professionals to drive innovation within organizations and help manage R&D team processes. Go to to learn more about the master’s degree program and how to advance your career!

All business plans for the  Be Your Own Boss Bowl (BYOBB) competition are due this Tuesday, March 17 at 11:59 p.m. Competitors will submit their plans to and BYOBB finalists will be announced by April 1. As a reminder, you must include three items in your application:

If you have any questions about the BYOBB competition please look at the BYOBB website, email or call 215-204-3082 for more information.  We will have people standing by until 8:00 pm on March 17th to answer questions. 

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BYOBB2015 to join in on the conversation.