University to Host Entrepreneur Showcase, EnvisionFEST, for Area Students and Recent Grads

At last year’s event, fashion merchandising and management student Allison Costa displayed Earthtones, nature-inspired yarn hangings.

At last year’s event, fashion merchandising and management student Allison Costa displayed Earthtones, nature-inspired yarn hangings.

Next month, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will host EnvisionFEST, a showcase for entrepreneurship-minded students and recent graduates in the Philadelphia region. People will have the opportunity to display a product, service, app, prototype, art or any other entrepreneurship-related creation.

“So many students are joining the gig economy now,” said Zoe McKinley, program director for Jefferson’s Blackstone LaunchPad. “Whether it’s to help pay for school, earn a living or just do what they love, we’re seeing an increase in students wanting to be their own boss. EnvisionFEST is an ideal platform for them to showcase what they do, sell or find clients.”

Jefferson’s Blackstone LaunchPad will collaborate on EnvisionFEST with Temple University’s chapter of Blackstone LaunchPad, Philly Startup Leaders and Campus Philly, as well as Jefferson’s student clubs DECA, BRAG and IDSA.

“With this event, we not only invite the Philadelphia community to our campus to show them what we’re about, but this also introduces students to the city’s entrepreneurship ecosystem,” said Abena Nyarko, program operations coordinator for Blackstone LaunchPad at Jefferson.

EnvisionFEST will be Saturday, Aug. 26, from 1-5 p.m. on the Gutman Quad at Jefferson—East Falls Campus. People interested in showcasing their ideas can register here.

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