DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > First Driehaus Cup
By Mary Hansen /
November 10, 2022 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
“As silly as that may sound, that tournament allowed talented students to
showcase their knowledge and abilities in a supportive context by working
as a team, which is exactly the spirit of the Driehaus Cup,” Mourey says.
As the course coordinator, Mourey developed BUS 101 based on input from
faculty spanning every business department and came up with the idea for
What began as an idea for a social event grew to a university-wide
signature experience thanks to Associate Dean for Student Success Jaclyn
Jensen. Groups of students in each of the nine sections will use the skills
and knowledge they developed during the class to pitch a business product,
service or solution to their classmates. The students will choose a winner
from their respective section, who will compete for the Driehaus Cup on
Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 5 – 7 p.m.
The DePaul community is welcome to attend the event at the Lincoln Park
Student Center, Room 120. Food and drinks will be provided.
Registration is open. Audience members will have the chance to cast votes for the winners.
In addition to bragging rights, at stake is scholarship money -- $100 each
for winners from each section and $500 for the Driehaus Cup winners. The
Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and Morningstar are sponsoring the event.
A panel of six professionals will judge the competition: DePaul Provost Salma Ghanem; Maija Renko, professor and Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship; DePaul alumni Bill Rogalla of M&J Wilkow, and Mark Wattley, chief people officer, Cooler Screens; Katie Dowling, head of global technology delivery and operations, Morningstar; and Valarie King-Bailey, CEO, OnShore Technology Group.
“The Driehaus Cup provides an opportunity for all of our Business 101
students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset,” says Sulin Ba, dean for the college. “This is important for succeeding in any career,
whether a student plans to start a business or wants to be an innovator
within an established organization.”
The new Business 101 class and pitch competition are elements of
a revamped curriculum
for the Bachelor of Science in Business degree. The coursework now includes
classes on business analytics, technology and business for social good. The
College of Business will host the Driehaus Cup in the fall, winter and
“These classes deliver skills that are in demand by employers and connect
to things we are well known for at DePaul, including the entrepreneurial
mindset and our Vincentian mission,” says Jensen, who is also part of the
committee that redesigned the curriculum.
Fundamental business skills are exactly what Suzanna Linek was looking for
in the class. She’s a junior transfer student majoring in marketing, and
this is her first business class at DePaul. She says she’s excited to see
how others applied what they learned.
“It’s going to be cool to see how other groups chose to finance their
plans, or what kind of design they picked for their logo or what research
they did for their plan,” Linek says.
For Sam Stedry, a freshman marketing major, he says the best part of the
class so far has been collaborating with his classmates.
“It’s fun in college to see how everyone wants to dig into this and put our
best foot forward,” he says.
Linek and Stedry say while they and their classmates are fiercely
competitive, they’ll still be there to cheer each other on Wednesday.