Make a Gift

The Polsky Center is self-sustaining and relies heavily on alumni and friends to support its efforts. To make a contribution, please visit the online giving page.

Sponsor Programs and Events

We invite you to become involved with our wide array of programs and events, including:

  • Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC)
    The NVC is the premier business launch program at the University of Chicago. Read more about how you can support this dynamic program.

  • Polsky Accelerator Program
    The Polsky summer accelerator program provides early-stage University of Chicago student and alumni entrepreneurs with the structure and resources they need to grow their companies over the summer.

  • SeedCon (Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference)
    SeedCon lets students explore and learn about entrepreneurship through keynotes, panel discussions, and workshops featuring leading professionals in the fields of entrepreneurship and venture capital.

  • Private Equity Conference
    This conference gives Chicago Booth students the opportunity to learn more about the private equity and venture capital industries. The event's title sponsor is Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company, but we rely on other sponsors to subsidize costs.

  • Venture Capital Investment Competition
    The Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) is a daylong, school-wide investment competition that provides students the opportunity to play the role of venture capitalists to real-life entrepreneurs.

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab
    The Elfman-Wareham Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab allows Chicago Booth students to learn firsthand about the private equity and venture capital industries. Through the combination of an intensive internship at a private equity or venture capital firm and an academic course, students become active participants in the analysis of real-world investment decisions made by seasoned investors and also learn to apply their academic frameworks to their internship experiences.

  • Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge
    The Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC) provides student teams the opportunity conceive and propose an original investment thesis; selected teams then work with mentors at private equity firms over three months to develop an investment thesis based on proprietary research and recommend an execution strategy.

Support Students

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation educates future entrepreneurs, and your contribution can affect their development in the following ways:

  • Scholarships
    The Polsky Center awards various scholarships and fellowships to entrepreneurial students, including the Herman Fellowship for women in entrepreneurship and the Vashee Promising Entrepreneur Award.

  • Travel and Lodging Support
    Students have the opportunity to participate in a number of nationally known business competitions during their time at the University. The Polsky Center subsidizes travel costs to minimize the financial burden on students.

Other Ways to Give

For more ways you can support entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth and the Univesity of Chicago, email Ellen Rudnick, '73, or Starr Marcello.

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Supporters

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation would like to thank our donors, sponsors, and host companies for their support of our many programs and activities throughout the year. Without their support, these programs would not be possible.