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Mar. 27, 2013 12:30 pm

nvigor: student group hopes to connect undergrads across campuses

nvigor, a student entrepreneurship group led by Drexel and Penn undergraduates, hopes to connect students to the broader tech community.

At the first Code for Philly hack night, in which nvigor participated, at Drexel University's ExCITe Center. Photo from nvigor's Facebook.

Full Disclosure: Technically Philly is a sponsor of nvigor's Student Startup Summit and is part of the advisory board for its Codefest.

Philly Health Codefest

In partnership with Drexel University’s iSchool and the Center for Visual & Decision Informatics, nvigor co-organized this healthcare-focused hackathon. More than $15,000 worth of prizes will be awarded.

RSVP for the free Apr. 5-7 event here.

Penn‘s got a tech scene. So does Drexel and Temple and Lehigh, too. But how do you get those disparate communities to work together?

nvigor, a student entrepreneurship group led by Drexel and Penn undergraduates, hopes to do just that by hosting student-focused events, offering student scholarships to tech conferences and developing an educational program for Philly’s undergraduates.

“Most colleges students only interact within their university ecosystem,” said nvigor cofounder Dias Gotama in an email to Technically Philly. “We see that as a problem since we believe that one of the most important parts in developing a sustainable startup community is engaging students [at an] early stage.”

It’s not solely a cross-campus effort, either. The nvigor team also hopes to expose college students to the tech scene that’s growing right here in the city. With the launch of other student-focused initiatives like First Round Capital‘s student-run Dorm Room Fund and Campus Philly‘s growing interest in the local tech scene, one hopes that nvigor’s programming — like its upcoming Philly Health Codefest and Student Startup Summit (see sidebars) — can get Philly’s young entrepreneurs excited about growing their startups in the city.

Philly Student Summit

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Attend this nvigor event during Philly Tech Week that aims to showcase the tech scene to local students. Speakers include First Round Capital‘s Josh Kopelman, DreamIt VenturesKaren Griffith Gryga and the Penn students behind Dorm Room Fund-backed Firefly.

RSVP for the free Apr. 20 event here.

Brain drain is a common narrative around these parts. As investor Wayne Kimmel recently said, students are the city’s “natural resource” and we’re letting them get away.

The nvigor team is made of four 21-year-olds: Drexel students Gotama, Brad White and Abhiroop Das, as well as Penn student Pulak Mittal, who co-organizes the popular PennApps student hackathon. Collectively, they’ve worked at tech giants like SAP North America and Siemens, as well as Facebook and local Philly startup Ajungo.

Read more about nvigor on Flying Kite.

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