Don’t forget to submit your idea into the Innovative Idea Competition by Wednesday, October 28 at 11:59 P.M. Take the risk- you could win $2,500 to help you better develop your business idea!

Click here for access to the application.

Biomeme, the Philadelphia biotech start up, will be joining us for a Fireside Chat on 10/27. It will be held in the IEI Lab from 4:00- 5:15 PM. Food and drinks will be provided.   

We hope to see you there!

Register to attend here.

TechConnect Workshop Recap

October 19, 2015 //

Entrepreneurs and technologists joined Temple University staff and students in The Egg for the TechConnect workshop on October 16. The all-day workshop helped attendees develop their biomedical and healthcare technology ideas through a variety of business models and strategies. Throughout the day, attendees listened to sessions lead by both Dr. Rob McNamee of Temple and Dr. Andrew Maxwell of Lassonde School of Engineering in Toronto. After each session, attendees applied what they learned in interactive group activities. At the end of the day, attendees were given the opportunity to mingle and network amongst each other.

Keep an eye out for more details about our Spring 2016 TechConnect workshop!

unnamedOn October 14, Temple students from every school and college gathered in the IEI Lab to receive coaching on their ideas for the Idea Competition. In a round table fashion, students sat with local entrepreneurs and pitched their ideas to them. During the hour session, coaches were able to give students advice on how they could improve upon their existing idea or how they could differentiate their idea from something similar that is already on the market. This coaching session was invaluable to students because they received feedback from industry veterans. These perspectives will help students perfect their ideas for submission before the October 28 deadline.

All Temple students are encouraged to enter their ideas into the Idea Competition. Click here to submit your idea!

Join us next week for our Value Proposition Workshop with David Calabrese. It will be held on 10/20  at 4:00 PM in the IEI Lab-Alter Hall 503D. Learn more about this critical component of all business plans and how to also create a winning business model.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Next week is our TechConnect Workshop. Don’t forget to register and mark your calendars!

TechConnect is a daylong workshop that helps develop technological innovations to market success. This year’s focus is BioMedical and Healthcare Technologies.

TechConnect will take place on Friday, October 16th from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm in the Undergraduate Commons in Alter Hall. Meals will be provided.

Register to attend here.

Do you have an idea for a new product, service or technology?

The Innovative Idea Competition is an annual event held during the Fall semester, hosted by the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute. The Competition encourages the generation of innovative new products, services, and technologies from all 17 schools and colleges within Temple University which can become the foundation for new businesses.

The competition is open to all students, staff, faculty and alumni of Temple University.

If your idea is selected as a finalist, you will pitch your idea at the live competition on November 11th at 4:00 pm in the Fox School of Business, Alter Hall, 1st Floor. 

Participation is easy:

The application submission form is now active. Sign up today!

Deadline to submit applications is October 28th.

Resources for Participants:

The IEI Lab and Blackstone Launchpad offer resources and workshops to indviduals who would like help in developing their idea.

Visit the IEI Website for dates and times of available workshops.

Register at for help from Blackstone Launchpad.

To learn more visit:

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