The entrepreneurship programs at the Driehaus College of
Business have earned top 25 rankings in the Princeton Review’s annual survey.
DePaul's entrepreneurship programs have been top ranked by Princeton Review and/or its partner Entrepreneur magazine since 2003.
The undergraduate entrepreneurship program was ranked No. 22, up three spots
from the previous year. The MBA entrepreneurship program, offered within the
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, was ranked No. 20.
“I’m delighted with the current entrepreneurship rankings and give much credit
to the alumni who are building businesses and creating jobs,” says Dan Heiser,
associate professor and chair of the Department of Management &
Entrepreneurship. “Their success is proof of the job our faculty are doing.”
DePaul University was one of the earliest founders of entrepreneurship
education in the United.States when it offered the first entrepreneurship
course in 1971 and the MBA concentration in entrepreneurship in 1982. Today, Kellstadt also offers the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Driehaus offers an
undergraduate major in management with an entrepreneurship focus. These programs
prepare students to develop business plans and identify innovative business
ideas, investment strategies and techniques.
To keep up with market needs, Heiser says the college recently
refreshed the curriculum within Kellstadt’s MS in Entrepreneurship program. The
business college is also in the process of developing a new undergraduate major
solely focused on entrepreneurship.
New academic collaborations include the MS in Product Innovation &
Computing, a joint degree offered by Kellstadt and the College of Digital Media
and Computing (CDM). Kellstadt also has also collaborated with CDM to offer the MFA in
Creative Producing, which prepares students for leadership careers in digital
In addition to the college’s academic programs, DePaul’s Coleman
Entrepreneurship Center provides a range of resources for students and
alumni hoping to start businesses. Supported by a $5 million-plus grant from
the Coleman Foundation, the center launched in 2003 and opened a
5,000-square-foot facility in 2016. The center also oversees DePaul’s
memberships in 1871
and 2112, two Chicago incubators for
start-ups. The memberships provide students with access to a DePaul office,
networking resources and programming at each of the incubators.
Over the last 10 years, undergraduate entrepreneurship
alumni started 194 companies and graduate entrepreneurship alumni started 157
companies, and raised a total of $276 million in collective funding, according
to a recent Coleman Entrepreneurship Center survey of alumni.
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