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Located in the heart of Chicago, the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center is where you will find real-world guidance about exploring, planning, launching or growing a business. At Coleman, we do good by believing in creating sustainable business models that do well for the organization, community and all stakeholders.
Connecting our DePaul community with the strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago provides a hub for you to build, connect and launch your next business. The experiential skills we offer focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in all realms of business.
Whether you're in the beginning stages of exploring a new idea or hoping to scale your existing business, our
events and programs can take your startup to the next level.
Hosted by the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, the annual Purpose Pitch Competition is a unique pitch session where startups pitch their greater purpose and how they plan to fulfill that purpose through their business objective.
The Coleman Mentorship Program offers more than 50 mentors who can help take your business to the next level. Gain one-on-one access to experienced entrepreneurs and business executives while broadening your network.
Through this fund, DePaul makes equity investments in select start-ups founded by DePaul students and alumni, and community entrepreneurs who have completed DePaul business accelerator programs.
The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center's blog, Entrepreneurship at DePaul, features stories from DePaul students, alumni, faculty and small business owners, and also highlights educational resources for aspiring entrepreneurs.
“As CEO of CommuterAds, I look back often at the lessons learned both at The Coleman Center and my degree earned at Kellstadt’s Graduate School of Business. The Coleman Center was instrumental in the early development of my fledgling startup. The entrepreneurial skills and tangible tools you will gain from Kellstadt’s Graduate School of Business will help you conceive and launch your business startup.”
academic programs support aspiring business leaders and innovators through a unique combination of classroom and real world learning.
Princeton Review, top 20 graduate entrepreneurship programs nationally, 2022
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"Our programs complement our educational curriculum and focus on developing an entrepreneur's mindset to think creatively. We are here to support the DePaul community in their entrepreneurial pursuits and further connect them with the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago.”
Philanthropic support helps provide us with the financial resources to advance our mission.
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