Managed by the Polsky Center, the George Shultz Innovation Fund invests in promising startups from an ecosystem that includes the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and the Marine Biological Laboratory. The mission of the George Shultz Innovation Fund is to help researchers turn their innovations into ventures that advance cutting-edge technologies, generate significant financial returns, and create lasting impact for humankind.
Fund your startup
Applicants from across the University of Chicago, Argonne National Lab, Fermilab, and the Marine Biological Laboratory compete for up to $250,000 in proof-of-concept capital. NOTE: You must create an account through YouNoodle.
Real World VC Experience
Associates perform deep diligence on the most compelling new ventures being built across our ecosystem.
#PolskyProud to have supported
To date, the George Shultz Innovation Fund has invested $7.8 million in 61 companies that have gone on to raise $210 million in follow-on funding. Companies launched with the fund’s support include ExplORer Surgical, Corvidia, ClostraBio, and Super.Tech. See a full list of our portfolio companies here.