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The Women in Entrepreneurship Institute is the nation’s first comprehensive Institute for women founders that integrates academic learning, research, incubation, funding and public policy. Launched in July 2018, the Institute supports women entrepreneurs through academic research and programs as well as initiatives that invest in the success and sustainability of women-owned businesses.
Designed and delivered by successful women entrepreneurs, WEI programs offer two opportunities for business owners to grow their businesses: the four-week pre-accelerator and the eight-week accelerator.
“The support I received from the DePaul community while developing EarlyVention was, and continues to be, invaluable. The center connected me to different networks of entrepreneurs and experts that helped boost my confidence to keep going. Today, I still feel that DePaul has my back. The Purpose Pitch Competition is one of many examples of the support and encouragement I continue to receive on this entrepreneurial journey, and it has made all the difference.”
In recent years, an increasing number of women have started businesses. These women founders face obstacles such as securing financing, gender bias, lack of confidence, limited mentorship opportunities and lack of training to see their ideas to fruition.
of WEI businesses remained open through the COVID-19 pandemic.
75% of women-owned businesses nationwide remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
of WEI businesses experienced revenue growth following the completion of the Business Accelerator Program.
employment growth across nine cohort companies after completing the Business Accelerator Program.
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