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Business Accelerator Program

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Business Accelerator Program
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Designed and delivered by successful women entrepreneurs, the institute’s accelerator program prepares founders to bring their businesses to market or scale into new markets. Applications for the upcoming nine-week program are now open and will run through Oct. 20. All Chicago companies that are 51% or more women-owned with revenues between $50,000 and one million are invited the apply.

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64%

Businesses within the first cohort were likely to increase their domestic revenue by 64% in the current fiscal year.

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Six positions were created over the nine-week program alone.

31%

Increase in confidence in financial control

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Attrition

22

Women business owners delivered content

Participation costs are covered for selected applicants by the members of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute. All accepted applicants participate at no cost.

The number of accepted companies will not exceed 12 in the cohort.

The Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul will gladly direct you to resources for launching and scaling your business. The Women in Entrepreneurship Institute will invite pre-revenue and very early stage to companies to apply for a new incubator program in 2020, and accelerator cohorts will continue to run through the WEI. If not selected this round, please apply again for the next cohort.

This program requires three to five hours per week in person, most frequently at the DePaul Loop campus, with the expectation that participants will be able to dedicate full-time hours to their business.