Polsky Center Receives $30,000 National Science Foundation Grant for Female STEM Entrepreneurs
While a date has not yet been set for the event, it will be open to, and done in concert with, regional universities—with a goal of utilizing relationships with other area universities and have them nominate faculty, researchers, and students from their institutions to attend.
“We welcome these efforts as a way to change culture on our campus, create networks between female innovators in the city of Chicago, and provide opportunities for teams from our institution to participate in the Polsky Center I-Corps program and the National I-Corps program,” said Christopher White, Professor of Physics and Vice Provost for Research and Academic Affairs at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
This grant is another exciting addition to the Polsky I-Corps program. Since receiving the $300,000 I-Corps site grant in 2014, the Polsky Center operates the program three times a year. To date, including the eighth and current cohort, the Polsky I-Corps program has served 78 teams and over 200 individuals. In its short time as an I-Corp site, the Polsky Center has worked with several female entrepreneurs, including Alex Niemczewski and Aviva Rosman of BallotReady, Jennifer Fried of ExplORer Surgical, Andi Hadisutjipto of Riviter, and Nikita Parikh of Anansi. This supplemental grant will enable the Polsky Center to serve and inspire more female STEM entrepreneurs through this region and beyond.