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The Women in Entrepreneurship Institute has been featured in major media outlets, such as ABC and Forbes. Below, browse WEI's latest initiatives and announcements through DePaul news stories, articles and media hits.

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WEI Executive Director Abigail Ingram

Helping moms suffering from burnout due to COVID-19

WEI Executive Director Abigail Ingram and Mission Propelle founder Annie Warshaw provided tips for people who have kids at home while working remotely, plus advice for parents whose employers may not understand their situation. Read more.

Business owner Afenya Montgomery

DePaul Business Law Clinic Helps Build Businesses By Matching Law Students With Women Entrepreneurs

Business Accelerator Cohort alumni Afenya Montgomery and Nika Vaughan benefitted from DePaul's business law clinic, which pairs women entrepreneurs with law and business students. Read more.

Nichole Jackson (MEd ‘00), owner of Chicago-based Bronzeville-Wingz

WEI Director and Aisha Ceballos-Crump Discuss Growing Business

WEI Director Abigail Ingram and Aisha Ceballos-Crump, a Business Accelerator Program alumna, joined FOX 32 Chicago to discuss Ceballos-Crump's businesses Honey Baby Naturals and Botanika Beauty. Read more.

Nichole Jackson (MEd ‘00), owner of Chicago-based Bronzeville-Wingz

DePaul Business Accelerator Program Aims to Help Women of Color

WEI Director Abigail Ingram discusses partnership with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, plus a spotlight on cohort member and DePaul alumna Nichole Jackson (MEd ‘00), owner of Chicago-based Bronzeville-Wingz. Read more.

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WEI Director Provides Tips for Women Entrepreneurs

Abigail Ingram, director of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul University, gives tips and advice to women who are looking to grow their small businesses. Read more.


WEI Director Highlights Barriers for Women of Color

Abigail Ingram discusses the barriers women of color face as they launch and scale their businesses, plus WEI's new partnership with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Read more.

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Madam C. J. Walker inspires YWCA, DePaul women's business accelerator

In this article with Streetwise, learn about how business woman pioneer Madam C.J. Walker inspired the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute's partnership with the YWCA, a nonprofit organization in Chicago dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. Read more.

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Women in Entrepreneurship Institute Executive Director Abigail Ingram

Helping Women-Led Businesses Thrive in a Pandemic-Strained Economy

Listen to the latest episode of the DePaul Download podcast, featuring WEI Executive Director Abigail Ingram and WEI board chair Joan Hannant. Ingram and Hannant discuss WEI's success and navigating the current economic climate. Read more.

Elise Gelwicks

New DePaul/YWCA Partnership Empowers Women of Color Entrepreneurs

This spring, WEI joined forces with the nonprofit YWCA Metropolitan Chicago to offer WEI’s business accelerator program to a cohort of Chicago-area women of color entrepreneurs. Read more.

Elise Gelwicks

Business Accelerator Program Grads Offer Advice for Entrepreneurs

Five women founders who completed the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute’s program share how they pivoted their businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more.

Business Accelerator Program cohort

Accelerator Drives Women Entrepreneurs’ Success

Eleven women business founders participated in the Business Accelerator Program’s inaugural cohort to launch or grow their businesses. Their teachers and mentors are successful Chicago women entrepreneurs—including DePaul alumni—who support WEI. Read more.

Abigail Ingram

A Q&A with the new Director of Women in Entrepreneurship Institute

Abigail Ingram has been named the director of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute. In her new role, Ingram will oversee the institute's programming, events and fundraising efforts. Read more.

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New Women in Entrepreneurship Institute Launches at DePaul

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. Read more.