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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship launches training and mentor program to assist in the transition stages of creating or growing a business

PITTSBURGH:    On March 1, 2016 The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is launching MyPath, a new program for women business owners in creative industries. MyPath is a four-month, customized, and immersive pathway program for women entrepreneurs in creative industries to prepare them to commercialize a product, secure financing for their business, or participate in an area accelerator.

The MyPath program provides intensive mentoring and consulting opportunities to guide women during the transition stages of creating or growing a product-based business. The initial cohort will consist of five women business owners.

The program was highlighted in the summer of 2015 as a part of the first-ever White House Demo Day, which welcomed a diverse group of entrepreneurs from all across the country – including women and minorities underrepresented in entrepreneurship – to the White House to “demo” the stories of their individual innovation journeys.

MyPath is focused on entrepreneurs in creative industries, including in the fields of Communications, Design, Entertainment, Fine Arts, Software & Hardware, and Data Science (as defined by the Pittsburgh Creative Industries Network). “The Creative Industries Network is proud to collaborate with the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship to provide women entrepreneurs with mentoring and training they need to take grow their business and drive economic growth in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region” says Kim Chestney, Director of Creative Industries Acceleration at the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

“As an organization committed to inclusive entrepreneurship; Innovation Works, and our accelerators, AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear; see MyPath as an excellent program to get even more women into accelerators, entrepreneurship, and startup success” says Ilana Diamond, Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear.

Support for this program is provided in part by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. 2016 Sponsors of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship include PNC Bank, UPMC Health Plan, and UPS.

For more information about the program, contact the MyPath Program Mentoring Coordinator Nazli Saka, Ed.M., JD at 412-365-1384 or at n.saka@chatham.edu.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking.

Building on Chatham University’s tradition of educating women for 145 years, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs since 2005.

Current funding for The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has been provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the PNC Foundation, and the Alcoa Foundation. Initial funding was provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation.

For more information about programs offered by The Center, call 412-365-1253 or visit http://www.chatham.edu/cwe.

About Chatham University
Now fully coed, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has over 2,100 students in the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability; and the School of Arts, Science and Business. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in Forbes as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by “U.S. News & World Report”, Chatham earned the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the “Regional Universities – North” category for 2015. Learn more at www.chatham.edu.

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