About Us

For over 115 years, Texas Woman’s University has held a distinctive purpose — to prepare women “for the practical industries of the age.”

Tracy Irby of the TWU Center for Women Entrepreneurs shakes the hand of an attendee at the Texas Conference for Women in Austin TX

In 2015, the Texas Legislature established a special center focused on creating successful new women-owned businesses. TWU was the logical place to headquarter the Center for Women in Business, subsequently renamed the Center for Women Entrepreneurs.

The Center today provides business owners and students interested in entrepreneurship with the training, funding, coaching and networking needed to be successful business owners.

CWE milestones through April 2024


Total Award since 2018 = $2,325,000

Business Advising and Programs

Provided business advisement services to 1362 woman entrepreneurs, approximately 272 per year

Hosted over 100 workshops and training related to business development and entrepreneurship

AccelerateHER Statewide Training Programs: 63 total women-owned businesses have participated in this program since 2020 

  • AccelerateHER – Denton at Stoke: 4 cohorts  
  • AccelerateHER – Dallas at The Slate: 3 cohorts 
  • AccelerateHER – Houston at Sesh Coworking: 2 cohorts 
  • AccelerateHER – Abilene at The Domain: 1 cohort 


Page last updated 11:59 AM, April 3, 2024