During the second quarter of 2015, the Coleman Foundation approved four grants totaling $440,000 in support of initiatives in entrepreneurship education programs. These grants advance strategies described in the Foundation's Entrepreneurship Impact Plan. Among those receiving grants in this program area are:
California State University, Fresno, CA
$35,000 for renewal of the Coleman Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Timothy M. Stearns currently holds the chair position and is Executive Director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Chicago Artists' Coalition (CAC), Chicago, IL
$50,000 to support CAC’s self-employment education program by activating partnerships with other organizations, businesses and academic programs; and by creating self-employment educational programming that serves more artists across the Chicago metro area. The program seeks to further collaborative programming between CAC and the Self-Employment Arts (SEA) program, a collegiate focused arts entrepreneurship program.
Arts entrepreneurship is a fast-growing facet of entrepreneurial education that recognizes the inherent ways artists live, work, and contribute to society. Promoting the development of core self-employment skills and entrepreneurial thinking among artists has been a strategy in Coleman Foundation’s collegiate entrepreneurship efforts for over 15 years.
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
$200,000 for capital support towards renovation and expansion of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul. The Center is the centralized campus location for entrepreneurship experimentation, learning, programming, and providing the space needed for students to launch their business ventures from the university campus.
The Coleman Foundation funded the establishment of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center in 2003. Recently a highly visible and functional location has become available in the DePaul Center that would provide an expanded, dedicated space of over 4,000 sq. ft. where students can experiment, learn, share ideas, and build their businesses; and where the Center can host a growing roster of both internal and external events and expand its prominence. This capital support coupled with University and other donor support will be used towards renovation, equipment and furnishings.
Future Founders Foundation, Chicago, IL
$155,000 to support Future Founders High School (FFHS) and College Founders (CF) programs. FFHS program provides additional experiential programming and coaching to Chicago Public School students in Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) classes. The CF program provides mentoring and connects college students to the best entrepreneurial resources, events, and activities in Chicagoland. It fosters collaboration among universities, incubators, community organizations and businesses to engage emerging entrepreneurs with the local entrepreneur community and provide increased services for young entrepreneurs. The program promotes intra-campus collaboration and increases the capacity of university programs by broadening their reach into the community.
FFHS offers business coaching and the opportunity to learn and experience entrepreneurship from some of the city's most successful entrepreneurs to high school students from some of Chicago’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The CF program is a new initiative that seeks to foster collaboration among universities, incubators, community organizations and businesses to engage emerging entrepreneurs with the local entrepreneur community and provide increased services for young entrepreneurs. The program will bring together dozens of universities, incubators, community organizations and businesses to provide a dynamic suite of services for emerging entrepreneurs. It will promote collaboration among university programs; increase the capacity of university programs by broadening their reach into the community; provide mentoring; and connect college students to the best entrepreneurial resources, events, and activities in Chicagoland.