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Packback Questions: Wednesday May 18

Packback is a very Chicago company. They started out as a student-run startup operating out of college apartments (and later 1871), but quickly attracted interest with their e-texbook rental service. In 2014 they were featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where Mark Cuban agreed to invest $250,000 in exchange for 20 percent equity in the company. Seed investors included The 20 Million Minds Foundation, Howard Tullman, Mark Achler, Mark Tebbe, and Rishi Shah.

Beyond their e-textbook rental service, Packback now offers Packback Questions - designed to increase students' intellectual confidence and curiosity, while alleviating administrative work for professors.

The Packback Platform has been used by over 10,000 students at 50 universities, with over 230,000 questions and answers posted to date.

"Packback has exceeded my expectations in every way. It’s intuitive for the students to use and it’s easy to peruse and participate in discussions…[and] hasn’t added to my workload, which I appreciate. What has surprised me the most are the quality of the questions the students are submitting. I’ve used LMS discussion boards but never with the level of success afforded by Packback."

- Jodi Hallsten-Lyzack, Communications Instructor at Illinois State University

At this special Tech Tuesday (Wednesday) session Packback will demonstrate their services, answer your questions, and show you how entrepreneurial students are attempting to improve learning and collaboration.

Please note this session is on a Wednesday and will take place in the new Coleman Entrepreneurship Center (DPC 7900).

Date: Wednesday May 18
Time: 10 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: DPC 7900 Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

You can RSVP here.

Celebrate Earth Day with Food Entrepreneurs


Coleman Connections Earth Day with Food Entrepreneurs takes place on April 22, 4-5:30pm. This event features leading entrepreneurial startups and small businesses in the "green" food industry.

Panelists include:

  • Paul Hardej, VP of Production and Development at FarmedHere
  • Eloise Karlatiras, CEO & President of The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition
  • Dave Rand, COO and Co-founder of Local Foods
  • Linda Mallers, Founder & CEO of FarmLogix, LLC

This informal panel discussion will focus on the innovative work that these local entrepreneurs do in the industry and explore ways students can get involved in food-related ventures. A Chipotle representative will also be present to talk about the green initiatives of a large-scale food company.

The event will be held in the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 220 (located within the cafeteria). This Coleman Connections event is hosted by the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, DePaul's CEO Club, DePaul's Urban Farming Organization and the Department of Environmental Science.

Please RSVP by April 20th. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. First 30 attendees receive a free burrito card at Chipotle


Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Spring Quarter Events


The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center has launched its Spring Quarter events. You can find out more here.



The Coleman Center is hosting its annual fundraiser, E-Motion, on Wednesday, October 19th. In their own words:

Join us for E-MOTION, the Coleman Center's energy-filled fundraiser. Experience a free-flowing evening of ENGAGING CONTACTS who will grow your network; ELECTRIC STORIES that will capture your imagination; EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS who will impress you with their ideas and achievements; and an EMPOWERING SPEAKER who will inspire you to greater heights. Enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres food stations and cocktails, all the while supporting the next generation of Chicago entrepreneurs. All net proceeds will support DePaul University's mentoring and educational program for student entrepreneurs.

Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Galleria Marchetti
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