College of Business > News & Events > Women in Entrepreneurship Institute Welcomes Second Business Accelerator Cohort
By Photos by Kathy Hillegonds /
January 16, 2020 /
Posted in: Research and Centers /
WEI welcomed the second cohort of entrepreneurs to its business accelerator for women on Jan. 14. The nine-week program empowers women entrepreneurs to grow businesses through advice from WEI's committee of successful women founders and executives.
Women in Entrepreneurship Institute Director Abigail Ingram (left) greets candidates for the Business Accelerator Program's second cohort.
Jessie Crawford (BA ’14), founder of Aged & Infused, is among seven entrepreneurs enrolled in the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute's accelerator program, which chose founders of businesses with at least $50,000 in revenue for the program's second cohort.
Victoria Hilton, founder of Stepping Stones Nursery School in Chicago, joins six other women founders in the second cohort of WEI's Business Accelerator Program.
WEI Committee members Barbara Best (left), co-founder of Capital Strategies Investment Group, and Jill Hebert White, founder and CEO of Matrex Exhibits, celebrate WEI's Business Accelerator Program, which enrolled a second cohort in January.
Colleen Egan, director of people, culture & endless possibilities at Clarity Partners, was among WEI committee members who greeted and will advise entrepreneurs in the second Business Acclerator Program cohort.
Afenya Montgomery, founder of iCAN Collective, will learn how to enhance her business success through WEI's Business Accelerator Program, which enrolled a second cohort this winter.
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 models, 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.