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Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

Entrepreneurship at DePaul  

Established in 2003, the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center inspires our community to build businesses and create jobs that provide a positive impact. We do good by believing in creating sustainable business models that do well for the organization, community, and all stakeholders. We accomplish this through our events, partnerships, competitions, and DePaul's academic programs. Connecting our DePaul community with the strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chicago provides a hub for building, connecting, and launching a business for our students and alumni. The experiential skills we offer focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in all realms of business. 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 students, faculty and alumni, as well as the broader Chicago business community.

We're an entrepreneurial hub where:

  • Students can find real-world guidance about 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.
  • You'll find programs and events designed for students throughout the university, and many are open to DePaul alumni as well as the wider Chicago business community.

DePaul and 1871

DePaul has a partnership with 1871, the largest incubator in North America, which is located in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Students from every college across the university are welcome to apply for approval to reserve work space in the 1871 DePaul office.  Faculty interested in using the space may email

DePaul and 2112 

Starting autumn quarter 2017, all DePaul students will have access to our office space and programming at 2112. Check out the workshops and events that will be available and watch for an email at the beginning of autumn quarter with details on how to reserve space and tickets. Current students, faculty, and staff may apply to access 2112 here. To stay in touch with Coleman Entrepreneurship Center activities, join our mailing list, E'ship Buzz, to receive updates on our news and events.To stay in touch with Coleman Entrepreneurship Center activities, join our mailing list to receive updates on our news and events. Check out the press coverage in DNA info and Chicago Tribune.

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., Suite 7900
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-6480

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