The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) offers a wide range of entrepreneurial resources and events to DePaul students, alumni, faculty & staff. Our events are also open to members of the Chicago entrepreneurial ecosystem. CEC programming is designed to serve as an experiential learning opportunity in entrepreneurship for DePaul students. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the real-world and the classroom.

CEC Programming

  • Startup Advising Workshops (SAW): weekly workshops held at the CEC (Suite 7900) to help students and alumni throughout the process of starting their business. Check out our Calendar of Events.
  • CEC Events: monthly events held at the CEC with more experiential topics from external guests speakers. Check out our Calendar of Events. For event pictures visit our 2017 Events.
  • Startup Advising Hours: Entrepreneurship student advisors are available for students to discuss to their business ideas, go over projects in entrepreneurship courses, or talk generally about the academic and experiential sides of entrepreneurship. Advising schedule available on our Calendar of Events.
  • 7900 Space: DePaul students, alumni, faculty and staff can reserve the CEC space for meetings and events for entrepreneurship related projects via
  • DePaul at 1871: DePaul University joined 1871 in July 2016 as a cross-campus collaboration between the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center in the Driehaus College of Business, College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), College of Law, and Academic Affairs. DePaul University’s 1871 space, located on University Road, offers students, recent alumni and faculty from across the university the opportunity to plug into Chicago’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Apply for access to 1871 here.
  • CEC Mentorship Program:  Available to current DePaul students and alumni. Our tailored entrepreneurship mentoring program connects experienced alumni entrepreneurs with current students and recent alumni in need of guidance. CEC mentors deliver crucial advise to student entrepreneurs by sharing their personal experiences and industry expertise. CEC Mentors will work one-on-one with qualified students to help them develop their businesses and build their entrepreneurial skills. CEC Mentors will provide advice, counsel, financial support and assistance to the Executive Director of the CEC and the entrepreneurship faculty and staff.  This advice, counsel, and assistance will be sought from CEC Mentors on a broad range of issues such as CEC services and activities, events, workshops, DePaul’s entrepreneurship curriculum depth and breadth, industry and market trends, and external funding to advance CEC initiatives. Apply for a mentor here.
  • Coleman Entrepreneur in Residence (CER): a highly successful entrepreneur available to meet with students. The CER serves as an advisor by providing key insights and guidance to support students with their ventures.
  • CEC Library: growing collection of books related to the entrepreneurship field available for DePaul students to borrow free of charge. Book donations accepted!