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About the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
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O​ur 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.

Harold Welsch and Michael Hennessey


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 (Photo, from left to right: Professor Harold Welsch and Michael Hennessy, president and CEO of The Coleman Foundation)

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Staff

The staff at the Coleman Center for Entrepreneurship works year-round to plan and execute programming that supports your entrepreneurial ventures and goals.

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Our Partners and Sponsors

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their support and guidance:

Coleman Center sponsor logos: Byline Bank, Coleman Foundation, Entrepreneur & Family Business Council and krd