Community Initiatives

Hyde Park Angels
Hyde Park Angels (HPA) provides a forum for entrepreneurial-minded members to invest in seed and early-stage businesses, primarily located in the Midwest. HPA partnered with the Polsky Center in 2007 to assist in the execution of its mission. Members include current and former executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who meet quarterly to formally consider start-ups that have been screened by the selection committee and also provide domain expertise, strategic advice, and coaching to its companies. HPA also offers the opportunity for Chicago Booth students to intern as associates and gain valuable venture capital experience. To date, HPA has invested in three companies launched by Chicago Booth entrepreneurs. 

Donald W. Hamer, '58, Small Business Initiative
In 2004, Donald W. Hamer, '58, provided a generous grant to the Polsky Center to develop educational programs that target regional small businesses and add value to the local economy and Chicago Booth community. The Hamer Small Business Initiative allows the center to develop educational programs to help address the challenges faced by small business owners including sponsoring conferences and workshops, subsidizing student internships, conducting small business research, and building networks across the community.

Small Business and Social Venture Assistance
The Polsky Center works closely with the regional business community to provide assistance to emerging entrepreneurs, small businesses, and social ventures through a number of programs and activities. Frequently, the center collaborates with the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) at Chicago Booth on these initiatives. Contact SEI for more information.