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Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

Applications are now open for the 2017 Purpose Pitch

DePaul students and alumni may apply to compete in the first annual Purpose Pitch Competition, which awards $25,000 to DePaul startups. The competition will award funding to purpose-driven startups. DePaul students from every college and major are eligible to apply, along with DePaul alumni, by April 7. The Purpose Pitch Competition will take place May 11, 2017. Additional information and the application can be found here

Entrepreneurship @ DePaul

DePaul's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center is a partner to the university's nationally ranked academic entrepreneurship program in the Driehaus College of Business. The Center serves as an entrepreneurial hub for DePaul students, faculty and alumni, as well as the broader Chicago business community.

DePaul has a partnership with 1871, the largest incubator in North America. Students from every college across the university are welcome to apply to reserve workspace in the 1871 DePaul office. Students may apply for approval to reserve workspace in the 1871 DePaul office; faculty may email

As an integral part of the Chicago entrepreneurship ecosystem, the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center advises, inspires and connects DePaul entrepreneurs from many backgrounds and interests. We're the place where:

  • Students can find real-world guidance in starting or growing a business.
  • Chicago-area startups and other companies can find employees and interns. Seasoned entrepreneurs can connect with students to advise and mentor them as they launch new ventures.
  • Our programs and events are designed for students throughout the university, and many are open to DePaul alumni as well as the wider Chicago business community.

To stay in touch with Coleman Entrepreneurship Center activities, join our mailing list to receive updates on our news and events.

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center is funded in part by The Coleman Foundation, a private independent grant making organization.

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DePaul University
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 7900
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-6480

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