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Teaching and Research

​​​​The Women in Entrepreneurship Institute leverages its connections to the DePaul academic community to develop programs and research that support women entrepreneurs. Through a shared commitment to growing women-owned businesses, our faculty have published scholarly research on barriers that affect women in entrepreneurship.

"Researchers and policy makers across the globe have recognized the importance of women’s businesses for economic growth, innovation and building healthy communities. This is an exciting time to be a part of this research community that studies both the barriers that women entrepreneurs face, as well as the contributions that their businesses make."

Maija Renko
Director of Research

Maija Renko,Director of Research 

Bullough, Amanda, Renko, Maija & Abdelzaher, Dina (2017). Women’s business ownership: operating within the context of institutional and in-group collectivism. Journal of Management, Vol. 43, No. 7, 2037-2064. Read the full article.

Caldwell, Kate, Parker Harris, Sarah & Renko, Maija (2017). Women, disability & entrepreneurship. In: The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship, edited by Colette Henry, Teresa Nelson and Kate Lewis. Learn more about the book.

Bullough, Amanda & Renko, Maija (2017). A Different Frame of Reference: Entrepreneurship and Gender Differences in the Perception of Danger. Academy of Management Discoveries, Vol. 3, No. 1, 21-41. Read the full article.

Hechavarría, Diana M., Terjesen, Siri A., Ingram, Amy E., Renko, Maija, Justo, Rachida & Elam, Amanda (2017). Taking care of business: the impact of culture and gender on entrepreneurs’ blended value creation goals. Small Business Economics, Vol. 48, No. 1, 225–257. Read the full article.

Kickul, Jill & Griffiths, Mark & Robb, Colleen & Gundry, Lisa. (2021). All for one? The Paycheck Protection Program distribution disparity. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. ahead-of-print. 10.1108/JEPP-03-2021-0027. Read the full article.

Academic Programs

The institute supports academic courses that are part of DePaul's nationally ranked entrepreneurship programs. Our programs include a master's in entrepreneurship, an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship and an undergraduate entrepreneurship concentration


Women Entrepreneurs Class

Created by Associate Professor Alyssa Westring, the special topics course examines research surrounding the challenges and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs.

Read about the class in Business Exchange magazine

Contact Us:

Interested in getting involved with the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute? Use the contact information below and a member of our team will get in touch with you.

Phone: (312) 362-8625