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About the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

Mission

Empower. Educate. Accelerate.

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center empowers students, alumni and community members to build sustainable businesses that Do Good and Do Well in Chicago. We are the hub to connect, advise and inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in creating businesses with purpose and passion. Our experiential programs, vibrant ecosystem and academic curriculum cultivate a foundation for entrepreneurial success for our entire DePaul community.

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Year in Review

History

Supported by a $5 million-plus grant from the Coleman Foundation, the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center launched in 2003 and opened a 5,000-square-foot facility in 2016. The center complements DePaul's renowned academic entrepreneurship program, which was founded by former Coleman Entrepreneurship Chair Harold Welsch in the 1980s.

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Team

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Staff

Women in Entrepreneurship Institute staff

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center’s Advisory Board is a consultative group of distinguished Chicago-area entrepreneurs that helps the center fulfill its mission and advance its overall outcomes. It strives to create a dynamic relationship between DePaul’s educational efforts and the Chicago entrepreneurial community.

  • Patricia Aluisi
  • Yasine Armstrong
  • Barbara Best
  • JinJa Birkenbeuel
  • Kemery Bloom
  • Carol Bramson
  • Penny Brown
  • Peter Casady
  • Grant Chamberlain
  • Steve Crane
  • Carole Crawford
  • John Crosson
  • Alicia Driskill
  • Kristi Dula
  • Colleen Egan
  • Dima Elissa
  • Brian Feldkamp
  • Larry Fitzpatrick
  • Kurt Florian
  • Chantal Forster
  • Laura Gale
  • Anne L. Gehring
  • Russ Gottesman
  • Diane Graham
  • Raquel Graham Crayton
  • Joan Hannant
  • Jill Hebert White
  • Michael Hennessy
  • Art Hofstetter
  • Sandy Hogan
  • David Jackson
  • Jean Jodoin
  • Kate Kimmerle
  • Valarie King-Bailey
  • Flora (Pete) Kubitz
  • Al Kutchins
  • Carolyn Leonard
  • Tammy McMiller
  • Dorri McWhorter
  • Tricia Meyer
  • Laura Milani
  • Nina Nashif
  • Valerie O'Donnell
  • Cristin Pacifico
  • Robert Perrelli
  • Kristi Piehl
  • Dominique Raccah
  • Patty Rioux
  • Adam Robinson
  • Diana Rodriguez
  • Kristi Ross
  • Robin Ross
  • Kevin Taylor
  • Genevieve Thiers
  • Donna Van Eekeren
  • Deb Venable
  • Jennifer Wesley
  • James Wicklander
  • Tracey Wik
  • Darrell Williams

The Coleman Entrepreneuship Center's advisory team includes DePaul faculty and staff who support the center's entrepreneurship efforts. They are valued members of DePaul's entrepreneurial community and help us extend the reach of the center across the entire university.

Members provide:

  • Assistance to students across campus who have entrepreneurial interests.
  • Recommendations on how the center can support and collaborate with academic/administrative departments, centers and institutes, student organizations and campuses.
  • Awareness of the services and programs available to students across the university through the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.

Members include:

  • Patrizia Acerra
  • Olayele Adelakun
  • Rob Adler
  • Nezih Altay
  • Erin Archer
  • Mary Arendt
  • Levi Baer
  • Brian Barker
  • Karen Bartuch
  • Sheleene Bell
  • Thomas Berry
  • Lamont Black
  • Monika Black
  • Greg Borkowski
  • Summer Brown
  • Karen Budd
  • Karen Burgard
  • Ed Childs
  • Andy Clark
  • Tim Cole
  • Ruth Cook
  • Eiron Cudaback
  • Suzanne Depeder
  • Erich Dierdorff
  • Tom Donley
  • Jim Duignan
  • Martin Essenburg
  • Robin Florzak
  • Jacob Furst
  • Shelley Gibbons
  • Dan Gillespie
  • Lisa Gundry
  • Dan Hibbler
  • Kathy Hillegonds
  • Christa Hinton
  • Kathryn Ibata-Arens
  • Behice Ece Ilhan
  • Zafar Iqbal
  • Jaclyn Jensen
  • Misty Johanson
  • Donna Kiel
  • Kent Klaus
  • Christie Klimas
  • Stephen Koernig
  • Dorothy Kozlowski
  • Tracy Krahl
  • Steve Krull
  • Roger Lall
  • Eric Landahl
  • Jaclyn Lansbery
  • Julie Lawton
  • Grace Lemmon
  • Krystal Lewis
  • Mely Litman
  • Anthony Lo Sasso
  • Terri Lonier
  • John Lump
  • Kizzie Mailander
  • Jayson Margalus
  • Gregory Mark
  • Melissa Markley
  • Marty Martin
  • Jason Martin
  • Kristin Mathews
  • John Mazzeo
  • Caroline McAteer
  • Karyn McCoy
  • Breanna McEwan
  • Ben McMunn
  • Craig Miller
  • Mary Mindak
  • James Moore
  • Tom Nguyen
  • Denise Nitterhouse
  • Kalin Noel
  • Gonzalo Obelleiro
  • Zack Ostrowski
  • Heather Packo
  • Karim Pakravan
  • MaryAnn Papanek-Miller
  • Robert Perkovich
  • Kelly Pope
  • Heather Quinn
  • Matt Ragas
  • Monica Ramos
  • Shena Ramsey
  • Maija Renko
  • B Rich
  • Felicia Richardson-McGee
  • Lisa Riley
  • Richard Rocco
  • Howard Rosing
  • Robert Rubin
  • Steven Rubinow
  • Alan Salzenstein
  • Paul Sanchez Ruiz
  • Betty Shanahan
  • John Shanahan
  • Leslie Shook
  • Sondra Simpson
  • Katie Sowa
  • Theresa Steinbach
  • Terri Sullivan
  • Nicole Tamayo
  • Jennifer Tatum
  • Nicholas Thomas
  • Ken Thompson
  • Brian Thompson
  • Allison Tirres
  • Margaret Tower
  • Jason Ulaszek
  • James Valentine
  • Anthony Volini
  • Christine Ward
  • Christina Warner-Metzger
  • Alyssa Westring
  • Tomer Yogev
  • Ivana Zilic

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center's mentors provide advice, consultation, financial support and networking connections to the center. Our mentors represent a range of expertise and include distinguished entrepreneurs, established business executives and professional advisors.

  • Janet Barker-Evans
  • Jim Bedford
  • Arthur Beredjick
  • Becca Berkenstadt
  • Becky Bloom
  • Beth Bond
  • Patrick Coveny
  • JD (Jeffery) David
  • Lisa DeCanio
  • Kevin Donnellon
  • Omar Elkuka
  • Brad Emanuel
  • Rob Fascia
  • Vinnie Frederico
  • Eric Gastevich
  • Joseph Gatto
  • Mundo Ginez
  • Rick Gunther
  • Sheri Hammonds
  • Marianne Hewitt
  • Carl Hirschman
  • Jim Ivers
  • Jason Jacobsohn
  • David Jarczyk
  • Kellee Johnson
  • Jake Lestan
  • Will Little
  • Tony Lorenz
  • Evan Mahoney
  • Bill McNamara
  • Gloria Morris
  • Rajiv Nathan
  • Peggy O'Flaherty
  • John Oskin
  • Paul Pagel
  • Nathan Parkins
  • Rob Pasquesi
  • Ryan Perry
  • Anabella Rojas
  • John Rood
  • Adam Root
  • Corey Simpson
  • Mike Tai
  • Anthony Termini
  • Becky Thomas
  • Andrew Wenum

DePaul and 1871

DePaul has a partnership with 1871, the largest incubator in North America, which is located in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Students from every college across the university are welcome to apply for approval to reserve work space in the 1871 DePaul office.  Faculty interested in using the space may email DePaul1871@depaul.edu.

DePaul and 2112 

All DePaul students have access to our office space and programming at 2112. Check out the workshops and events that that are available. Current students, faculty and staff may apply to access 2112 here .

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Partners

Thank you to the following organizations for supporting the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center. 


Legal & General Investment Management America

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