Research, Creative Activities & Innovation > Research in Practice > Collaboration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
DePaul University embraces cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship as a basis from which the University creates research-based knowledge and economic value for Chicago and beyond. Multiple programmatic and strategic initiatives at the University create and nurture collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship among students, faculty, alumni, and within the larger community. These include:
DePaul University has been a pioneer in recognizing the pedagogical value of entrepreneurship, and its
Coleman Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) is the campus-wide hub for entrepreneurial activities. The Center offers a cross-disciplinary platform and a physical space for its stakeholders to collaborate, innovate and become successful entrepreneurs. Student, faculty, alumni and community members benefit from the programs and resources of the CEC as they pursue entrepreneurship and innovation in their communities. For example, the annual
Purpose Pitch entrepreneurship competition is a unique event where startups pitch their greater purpose and how they plan to fulfill that purpose though business objectives. Also organized annually, the
Student Innovation Expo competition recognizes students’ creativity, originality and the ability to solve problems and discover new opportunities.
Women in Entrepreneurship Institute is the nation’s first comprehensive Institute for women founders that integrates academic learning, research, incubation, funding and public policy. Launched in July 2018, the Institute supports women entrepreneurs through academic research and programs as well as initiatives that invest in the success and sustainability of women-owned businesses.
In addition to the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and partnerships with external organizations, DePaul University has built an organizational infrastructure to maximize collaborative research, innovative ideas, and entrepreneurial talent through programs. These include:
The University maintains partnerships with Chicago-based organizations that support innovative entrepreneurs outside of the University. These partnerships, coordinated through the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, include:
Additional information on DePaul’s Chicago-based research partners is available