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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, WEI's Business Accelerator Program prepares founders to bring their businesses to market or scale into new markets. The deadline to apply is now closed.

Questions about the program? Email the Women in Entrepreneurship at WEI@depaul.edu or learn more below.

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. Program meetings will be a mix of Zoom and in-person, which will take place most frequently at the DePaul Loop campus, with the expectation that participants will be able to dedicate full-time hours to their business.

45

businesses served across five Business Accelerator Program cohorts.

69%

of WEI businesses increased revenue even through the pandemic.

40%

of businesses employed more people following the completion of the program.

62.2%

of businesses led by women of color.

97.8%

of businesses retained all employees and/or added new positions during the pandemic (across all cohorts).