Entrepreneurship Info Session 9/24

September 23, 2014 //

Are you a Fox School of Business and Management student but still haven’t declared a major? Want to learn more about Temple University’s Entrepreneurship Major? Come to Alter 745 from 12-1pm for an intro to our program and to our SPO: Entrepreneurial Student Association.

The state of entrepreneurship in Philadelphia was the subject of today’s event at the Franklin Institute, where PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel was a featured speaker. Ellen Weber – Executive Director of Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and Assistant Professor of Strategic Management – sat on a panel with three other Philadelphia innovation leaders as part of the event, which was sponsored by the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

Click here to read the full Technically Philly article.


The Innovative Idea Competition encourages the generation of innovative new products, services, and technologies from all 17 schools and colleges within Temple University which can become a foundation for your new businesses.  Submit your idea for the new product or service for a chance to win CASH. For complete details visit iei.temple.edu/idea.

  • Coaching Session #2: October 14, 12pm, IEI Lab (Alter 503D) with IEI Executive Director Ellen Weber
  • Coaching Session #3: October 15, 12pm, IEI Lab (Alter 503D) with IEI Executive Director Ellen Weber

9/18/14 BPW Cancelled

September 16, 2014 //

Please be aware that this week’s Business Plan Workshop has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Our apologies for any inconvenience. We look forward to seeing you at other upcoming events, such as our Open House tomorrow 9/17/14. For further details please see our events calendar.

September 11, 2014 |  Presented by Ellen Weber

Join the New Executive Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute as she delves into the basics of what it takes to begin a business venture. Weber’s tips will give any attendee the background they may need to start planning for a start-up.

Join us for the 2014 kick-off of the IEI Fireside Chat Series

September 9, 5:30 PM. IEI Lab (Alter Hall (503d)

Come hear the story about his journey from the Fox School of Business to starting Philadelphia based publication, American Dreaming. He will share how he developed partnerships with national chauffeur-style taxi service, UBER and well known brewing company, MillerCoors.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) is Temple University’s gateway to the entrepreneurial world.  After a regional search and selection process, Fox School of Business announced the appointment of Ellen Weber as Assistant Professor and Executive Director of The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute.

Ellen’s resume includes over 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building leaders for emerging companies and Fortune 500 clients.  She is passionate about innovation and helping to build great companies in Philadelphia. For 15 years, Ellen has served as Executive Director at Robin Hood Ventures, a group of angel investors, focused on early-stage, high-growth companies in the Greater Philadelphia region. She also served as angel-in-residence at Temple University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and is active with Philly Startup Leaders, Philly Tech Meetup, and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. Until recently, she was the COO and co-founder of VisionMine which provides a specialized Open Innovation portal to large corporations. VisionMine is a subscription service that allows corporate clients collaborative access to early start-up innovations, new technologies, and entrepreneurs that solve business problems. Ellen has also served as Managing Director of Antiphony, consulting firm focused on helping clients achieve sustainable innovation.

With her impressive practical background in strategic planning, pitching projects, project management, and advising startups, she is ideally suited to teach these skills to our undergraduate and graduate students in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship area. “We are pleased Ellen Weber will be joining the Strategic Management Department as a faculty member and also leading our IEI/Innovation/Entrepreneurship team to build on its solid foundation.  We believe Ellen’s extensive practical experience will be helpful in teaching our undergraduate and graduate students and also positioning the IEI program for continued success in the future,” stated Arvind Parkhe, Strategic Management Department Chair, Temple University, Fox School of Business.

About her role as Executive Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Ellen stated, “I am excited about the opportunity to leverage Temple’s multi-disciplinary resources to help students, entrepreneurs, alumni and faculty launch businesses and to further build the connection between Temple and the city’s entrepreneurial community.

Tuesday July 15th
6 – 8 p.m.

The Dreaming Building
618 North Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

TUYA and TUBA present the 3rd edition of the #TempleMadeEntrepreneur event series featuring the Brandon Davis of the American Dreaming Magazine & Building. Brandon will discuss his success of starting Turning Dreams into a Reality (which is the vision of his company) through an interactive presentation that will allow the audience to get a glimpse of the a typical day at the Dreaming Building. He will speak about the growth of his business from a non profit foundation to a magazine (which can be seen in local Uber cars) to a building where all of his dreaming can work together along with the dreams of his clients. The goal of the American Dreaming organization is to be “the world’s leading cultivator of tomorrow’s cultural leaders. Providing information, inspiration and instruction on how to turn your large passions into small businesses.

Join us as we recognize this rising star. There will be light refreshments a long with some of the top vendors/entrepreneurs of the Dreaming building showcasing their products and or services that will be available for purchase.

For more information about Brandon and the Dreaming organization, visit his website at http://americandreamingmagazine.com/.



An exciting and inspirational event where the best and brightest entrepreneurs at Temple University compete for over $125,000 in front of judges, business executives, and investors 

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
1:00 – 5:00PM
Alter Hall A31
1801 Liacouras Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19122 


Please save the date and join us for a live Shark Tank like event. Temple University’s 16th Annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl® Competition is where the best and brightest entrepreneurs present their business plans and ideas in front of judges and compete for a grand prize of over $125,000. This inspiring entrepreneurial event  which will conclude with a networking reception is a must see if you are interested in entrepreneurship. This event is free, and you do not need to be associated with the BYOBB® or Temple University to attend. Investors are especially welcomed!

Ten prizes worth over $200,000 in cash, and professional products and services will be awarded, including a grand prize valued at over $125,000.

The competition is among the most lucrative and comprehensive business plan competition in the nation!

Pamela Rainey Lawler, Founder of Philabundance, will receive the inaugural

Self Made and Making Others” award by the University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute for her support of social entrepreneurship activities in the region.




Wednesday, April 9: 12:00 – 1:30pm

Alter Hall Room 503D

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the region’s top IT entrepreneurs!

Bob Moul serves as the CEO of Artisan Mobile, the first all in one platform for mobile app analytics, online controlled experiments, and personalization. Discover why this company could be Moul’s third big exit.

Be sure to RSVP for this Fireside Chat to gain insights on technology trends and driving business growth!



2014 Chris Pavlides
Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award

Apply Now – Applications Due by Wednesday April 9, 2014


The Chris Pavlides Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student at Temple University in their senior year of study who embodies the passion and spirit of entrepreneurship which was the hallmark of Professor Chris Pavlides.  The award will be conferred at the Be Your Own Boss Bowl® business plan competition on April 24, 2014.

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 Students may self nominate or students may be nominated by classmates or faculty based on the following criteria:  The student must be a senior at Temple University and a member of the Entrepreneurial Student Association AND/OR participant or past participant of the Innovative Idea Competition or Be Your Own Boss Bowl® business plan competition AND/OR a student in any entrepreneurship related course at Temple’s 17 schools and colleges.  The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 (B-). Preferably, the student has started and/or is running a business, or has demonstrated plans to launch a business following graduation although this is not a requirement. The selection committee will also look for evidence of strong leadership and team work skills; high interest in the discipline of entrepreneurship; and participation in entrepreneurship applied programs.  In addition, we seek a student who is optimistic, an advocate for entrepreneurship and who is persistent, overcomes barriers, works well with others and who has demonstrated strong ability to execute at a high level.

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Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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To apply, please send a one-page essay describing why you are deserving of the
2014 Chris Pavlides Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award and send by email to Jaine Lucas at jaine.lucas@temple.edu. Please include your qualifications for the award, expected date of graduation, GPA, major and minor (if any).
Wednesday, April 2
5:00 – 9:00pm,
Student Center South
(Underground Level)

Come join us this Wednesday to hear from past grand prize winners of the BYOBB®: Brian Linton (Founder of United by Blue) and Dylan Baird (Co-Founder of Philly Foodworks). They will be speaking about how to create a  model that both does good and does well!
Click here to RSVP