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Purpose Pitch Competition

Attention: The Purpose Pitch Competition has been canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please email Aparna Grover, associate director at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, to learn about other opportunities and resources.

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Purpose Pitch Competition
Purpose Pitch Competition
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Each year, the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center spotlights purpose-driven business ideas that focus on doing good rather than the bottom line. Held at 1871, Chicago's tech business incubator, the annual Purpose Pitch Competition invites DePaul alumni and students to pitch their purpose-driven ideas in front of the DePaul community, judges and 1871 members.

Three student teams and three alumni teams spend five minutes pitching their ideas, which are judged on their strength of purpose and business model viability. Finalists split $25,000 in award money, with first-place finalists going home with the highest amount.

Previous Purpose Pitch Finalists

  • Bevon Joseph (MS '19) | Greenwood Project, a nonprofit that builds a diversity pipeline for minority students to get into the financial services industry.
  • Dianna Harris (MFA '15, MS '18) | The Corner, a small business incubator and collaborative space for Southside Chicagoans.
  • Badar Al Lawati (MS '11) | BridgeLink, which mediates the process of fair-employment through a platform designed specifically for refugees and employers.
  • Kevin Sofen (MBA '16) | Wristponsible, a startup that raises awareness and funds for grassroots water projects by creating a community of action.
  • Ari Carter and Peyton Pritikin | Cloche, an online investment platform developed by millennial women for millennial women.
  • Evan Mahoney (BA '07) | Profile Peace, a social media closure and memorialization service that helps social media users lay online profiles to rest.
  • Ann Foley (LAS ’99) | 10th Avenue Tea, which delivers instant matcha tea powder in a patent-pending eco-friendly shaker bottle.
  • Esteban Perez (BUS '18) | Universala Esports, a community-centered business with the goal of providing e-sports centers for young people throughout Chicago and beyond.
  • Savy Leiser (MA '19) | The Furever Home Friends, a series of children’s books that tell the stories of real shelter dogs and teaches kids about social issues.
  • Adero Knott (BA '13) | AK Prosthetics, tech-driven prosthetic limb company that empowers people and builds confidence through customized and easily accessible prosthetics.
  • Elizabeth (MBA '15) and Melissa Ames | EarlyVention, a subscription services company that designs comprehensive activity boxes with visual, sensory and interactive components for children with autism and special needs.