Six Graduating Students Receive Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowships to Work On Their Ventures Full-Time

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The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the six recipients of the 2022 Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3), a program that provides funding to graduating UChicago students intending to work full time on growing their startups.

Each individual accepted into the fellowship will receive up to $24,000 in the form of a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE), which is paid out to an incorporated entity in quarterly intervals of $6,000 over the course of a year. Fellows will also have quarterly coaching check-ins with the Polsky Center.

PF3 is open to all UChicago students completing undergraduate or graduate degree programs. They must have an incorporated business that has gained credible traction and a full-time focus on their venture.

The 2022 PF3 fellows, and their startups, are:

Kelly McKay-Lumbreras (Booth) // PainNavigator

// PainNavigator is a mobile app developed by physicians that provides a holistic program to help those struggling with chronic pain.

Janice Tam (Booth) // TrueToForm

// TrueToForm is a body scanning app that generates custom 3D avatars for apparel design and fitting.

Matthew Shieh (Booth) // Canopy Aerospace

// Canopy Aerospace manufactures materials that protect spacecraft during high temperature environments such as re-entry and hypersonic flight.

Alex Pu (College) // Baryl

Yuyang Zhang (College) // Baryl

// Baryl is a travel tech startup building an AI-powered hyper-personalized itinerary planner.

Ali Masood (Booth) // GaapRT

// GaapRT helps companies interpret accounting rules and draft memos in less than an hour, serving as a ‘TurboTax’ for corporate GAAP accounting.

For more information about the Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship, contact Gorana Kolar at

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