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Social Impact Incubator Program
Social Impact Incubator Program
Claoe Louis presenting at Social Impact Incubator Program

Take Your Startup to the Next Level

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center's Social Impact Incubator Program challenges alumni, student and community entrepreneurs to scale and grow business ventures that have a strong social impact mission. As a participant, you'll take part in an eight-week boot camp to work with peers, DePaul faculty and expert entrepreneurs to further develop your business. During the program, you will:

  • Collaborate with local and established entrepreneurs to work on customized curriculum, which will include strategic and practical tips toward scaling your startup.
  • Work one-on-one with a mentor during and after the program to help improve your business strategy and expand your network.
  • Apply to hire DePaul student interns through the CEC's Internship Program.

Cohort members meet once a week in the evenings at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, located in the Loop Campus at DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 7900.

Upcoming Program Dates

Our next Social Impact Incubator Program cohort is planned for winter 2024. Applications are now open through Dec. 17. The winter program will ​run Jan. 23 through March 12 and will meet Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.​

Apply now

For more information, email the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.

Thank you to our sponsor

Thanks to the generous support of our partner Byline Bank, all participating entrepreneurs who successfully complete the boot camp will receive a scholarship of $1,000.

Learn more about the winter 2022 program

"The Social Impact Incubator served as a launching pad for my business, and helped me crystalize a multi-year plan to reach my impact and growth goals. Through mentorship, coaching and a sense of community, I was able to envision new avenues of possibilities for my startup. This was a memorable experience shared between passionate and purposeful entrepreneurs, and I feel empowered to take active steps toward the next phase of my business."

Jamila Parham (BS ’08)
Founder, The Tech Unicorn

Jamila Parham  

From left to right, bottom row: Virginia Head, Deepa Deshmukh, Regina Washington and Darakhshan Ahmed. Second row: David Lane, Kenyatta Forbes, Megan Nufer, Mary Keel, Caitlin Botsios and Syeda Ahmed. Top row: David Burns, Dana Todd Pope, Jamilla Parham, Oluwasey Olaleye and Claoe Louis (BUS ’07).

Social Impact Incubator Empowers Student, Alumni and Community Entrepreneurs

On Jan. 24, 2022, the CEC welcomed its first cohort of the inaugural Social Impact Incubator program. Fifteen participants – DePaul students and alumni as well as community members – gathered on Monday evenings to learn from entrepreneurs, DePaul faculty and subject matter experts.

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Contact Us

Questions about the Social Impact Incubator? Reach out to us at:

Phone: (312) 362-8625