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Women in Entrepreneurship Institute Welcomes Second Business Accelerator Cohort

Seven women founders will learn how to grow their businesses through WEI's program

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The Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul welcomed seven women founders to its Business Accelerator Program on Jan. 14 during an evening networking event in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. The founders are part of WEI’s second cohort of the program, which WEI opened in 2019 to empower women to launch and grow businesses.

Over the next nine weeks, the women founders will attend weekly half-day workshop classes at WEI's space in the Driehaus College of Business to gain practical guidance for growing a business.  The sessions cover a wide range of topics, from business mo​dels, market research and brand strategies to legal and financial management, capitalization and fundraising. The program also provides cohort members one-on-one mentoring and leadership training by pairing them with one or more women entrepreneurs on WEI’s advisory committee of women entrepreneurs and executives.

The accelerator's first cohort, which completed the program last summer, has already achieved positive outcomes that include increases in revenues and job creation.

Learn more about the women entrepreneurs in WEI's accelerator program​.