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Hackathon Challenge
Hackathon Challenge
Hackathon Challenge

The virtual Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Hackathon Challenge challenges students to create solutions to real problems facing an entrepreneur. Each challenge features a different startup organization and an issue that they face. All DePaul undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges are eligible to apply to compete for a share of more than $7,000 in scholarships.

Participating in the challenge will allow you to earn scholarship money while collaborating with start-ups to solve real-world problems.

Challenge Schedule

The challenge consists of three rounds:

  • Round one is focused on individual ideas
  • Round two is focused on collaboration and creative thinking
  • Round three is focused on implementing the idea while interning with the client for five weeks (participants will earn additional scholarship money).

Community Hub Sunshine Enterprises Participates in Hackathon Challenge

Thirteen DePaul students were split into teams to come up with a marketing strategy for local business Danie’s Detox Drinks, founded by Danie Marshall, a graduate of Sunshine Enterprises’ Community Business Academy.

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“Through this challenge, you learn to support a growing company and get to know their story and challenges. The CEC Hackathon gave me that experience with Fashion Masks LLC. I was able to work closely with the client and a team to pitch feasible and creative solutions. I built up some innovation muscle and got some quick ideation and collaboration reps in with other entrepreneurial spirits.”

Xyla (MBA ’21)

Xyla Gatilao 

Want to sponsor or participate in the Hackathon Challenge? 


Emily Doyle
Program Coordinator, Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
(312) 362-6460