With a commitment to innovation, quality education and providing real-world experiences to students, DePaul University is opening a dedicated space at 1871, Chicago’s prestigious entrepreneurial technology hub. The collaboration gives DePaul students, faculty members and alumni access to 1871’s programming, special events, workshops, lectures.
It also provides networking opportunities with industry thought leaders.
“Having a presence at 1871 is important to connect DePaul to the rest of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago,” says Bruce Leech, executive director of DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, who is coordinating the partnership. “1871 provides all of the vital resources in one space — from business networking and mentorship to legal and financial support that can help students and alumni get their businesses started.”
Faculty members also will have an opportunity to become mentors to 1871 members and showcase their research by conducting meetings in DePaul’s dedicated space, holding workshops and classes in 1871 facilities, and providing content for 1871’s members, Leech adds.
Four DePaul academic units will be a part of the collaboration with 1871: the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center in the Driehaus College of Business, College of Computing and Digital Media, College of Law and Academic Affairs.
As part of University Row, DePaul joins the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University, University of Illinois, DeVry University, and Illinois Institute of Technology at 1871.
Each of the universities will participate in Campus 1871, a spring-time, weekend-long event that brings together the best and brightest from each of the partner universities to create their own startups with like-minded university students.
“This partnership has been a long time coming and we are thrilled that DePaul is formally joining the 1871 community,” says 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “Our partnerships with universities are one of 1871’s biggest advantages and offerings, and DePaul is a crucial addition to this fold. We look forward to welcoming people from around the DePaul family to 1871.”
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Find out more about the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.