Student Resources and Venture Support

Polsky Exchange
The Polsky Exchange, located on 53rd Street in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, fosters innovation and commercialization through 34,000 square feet of shared co-working space, a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab, and a full calendar of programming and workshops designed to help entrepreneurs translate their ideas into businesses. We incubate 10-20 start-ups at a time, and more than 2,500 members utilize our co-working space, gathering places, and meeting rooms. Learn more and become a member

Innovation Fund
The University of Chicago Innovation Fund is a $20 million investment fund focusing on commercializing early stage research and supporting emerging companies at the University and its affiliates, including Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Marine Biological Laboratory. The Fund supports projects with high potential for societal and commercial impact, helping to bridge the gap between basic research funding and commercial investment. Learn more and apply

The Polsky Center's Executives-in-Residence are highly successful entrepreneurs and executives that serve as advisors to faculty and startups. Entrepreneurs-in-Residence engaged by Polsky Center offices have provided key insight and mentorship to dozens of companies during the last few years. Meet our Executives-in-Residence

The Entrepreneur in Residence program provides mentorship and coaching to the University of Chicago community. Four successful Chicago-based entrepreneurs are available to meet with students, alumni, and faculty throughout the academic year. We also host regular small group sessions and workshops with the EIRs over breakfast and lunch. Meet our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

ARCH New Business Incubator
In 2004, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and ARCH Venture Partners established the ARCH New Business Incubator to provide facilities and support for winners and finalists of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) business plan competition. ARCH Venture Partners was founded by Clinton Bybee, '90, Keith Crandell, '88, Steven Lazarus, and Robert Nelsen, '87.

UChicago Office at 1871
The Polsky Center is a partner with 1871, a 50,000-square-foot collaboration space in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. The Polsky Center has an office at 1871 that is shared with the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth and Argonne National Laboratory. University of Chicago students, faculty, and alumni working on a start-up venture may apply to gain access to this shared office to conduct meetings related to their start-up during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Start-ups interested in getting access must agree to a $5 monthly fee and adhere to all guidelines. To apply for access, fill out the online form