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Halperin Emerging Company Fund

Halperin Emerging Company Fund
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The Halperin Emerging Company Fund provides capital for DePaul University to make equity investments in startups founded by DePaul students, alumni and select community entrepreneurs.

Overseen by DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, the fund invests in ventures that show potential for growth and job creation. Dividends accrued by DePaul from these investments help fund Coleman Entrepreneurship Center programming.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to the Halperin Emerging Company Fund, please complete the application linked below and you will be contacted with next steps. All potential investment deals are reviewed and approved by the Halperin Emerging Company Fund investment committee.

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Meet our Investment Committee

The Halperin Emerging Company Fund Committee members meet with entrepreneur applicants to assess their venture’s potential and make recommendations for investments.

Donate to the Halperin Fund

Your contributions to the Halperin Emerging Company Fund help us empower DePaul and community entrepreneurs to succeed.

Make a Donation

“The Halperin Emerging Company Fund allows us to invest in DePaul-related startups and early-stage businesses with the potential to contribute to business growth and job creation in Chicago and beyond.  This initiative is another way we ​are supporting the vibrancy of our community and strengthening our ties to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Bruce Leech, Executive Director

Bruce Leech  

Errol Halperin

About Errol R. Halperin

The Halperin Emerging Company Fund was launched in 2023 with a generous gift from the late attorney and DePaul Double Demon, Errol R. Halperin (BUS ’64, JD ’67), and his wife, Libby Halperin. Errol R. Halperin was a founding partner of the Chicago-based law firm DLA and was instrumental in the expansion of the firm nationally and internationally. From DLA’s inception, Halperin was a member of the firm’s executive committee and global board, and he also served as a close advisor to the firm’s chairman.

Contact Us

Emily Doyle
Director of Emerging Programs
Coleman Entrepreneurship Center