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2019 College New Venture Challenge Finalists Announced


The Polsky Center is pleased to announce the six teams advancing to the finals of the 2019 College New Venture Challenge (CNVC). The CNVC is the College track of the university’s business launch program, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC).

The following teams will present to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for prizes – which includes $50,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services – on Wednesday, March 13. This event is open to all members of the UChicago community and the public. It is encourage to register and arrive early as space will be available on a first come, first served basis. >>

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Dr. Shake intends to produce and deliver nutritious and tasty smoothies to office workers and health-conscious consumers in China’s metropolitan areas. Dr. Shake intends to become consumers’ go-to brand for fresh, tasty, and nutritious smoothies that are one click away.

Nahvy is an online services marketplace centered around fulfilling the needs of people 65 years and older.

PODU is the first platform for podcasts in Arabic. We offer on-demand and on-the-go entertainment to our listeners from all over the Arab world. Podu welcomes anyone who wants to host a podcast on our open platform.

Southsider provides a low-cost, high-quality solution for bicycle part security. Our universal, tamper-proof, proprietary, and insured hardware installs in minutes and makes parts theft impossible at a price that makes sense.

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