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Access Alumni Resources

Access to the Polsky Center does not stop at graduation. Whether you are a new grad or 15 years out, the Polsky Center is a lifelong resource for all University of Chicago alumni.
  • Ways to Get Involved: Alumni can get involved with the Polsky Center in many ways—as mentors, conference speakers, classroom guests, program sponsors, competition judges, angel investors, and financial sponsors. Contact Gorana Kolar, Associate Director at the Polsky Center to learn more.
  • Make a Gift: The Polsky Center relies heavily on alumni and friends to advance the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and accelerate the commercialization of research. To make a contribution, please visit our online giving page.
  • Share Your News: Contact Jessy Tapper, Senior Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications at the Polsky Center if you would like to share recent news and get featured in the Polsky Weekly 10, which is our popular weekly newsletter. Don't miss an issue, subscribe today.
  • Conferences: The Polsky Center hosts several annual conferences which are great resources for alumni including the PE Conference, SeedCon, Machine Learning VC Summit, and ETA Conference.

Opportunities for Alumni

The Polsky Center supports UChicago alumni through a variety of resources and activities. These offerings are designed to help alumni build their businesses, strengthen their involvement with the school, and expand their networks. All UChicago and Chicago Booth alumni are eligible to apply to the following Polsky Center programs:

Alumni Entrepreneurs Growth Forum

No matter if you’re from the class of ’85, or ’17, entrepreneurs face many of the same challenges, and the Polsky Center believes that great things can happen when founders get together to learn and share their stories with each other. Held in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York, this invite-only program includes faculty-led sessions on topics of greatest interest to growth-stage entrepreneurs, such as scaling the sales organization, HR, leadership, organizational strategies, and company culture. For more information about the next forum for alumni growth-stage entrepreneurs, contact Gorana Kolar.

Entrepreneurial Internship Program

The Entrepreneurial Internship Program (EIP) offers rising second year Chicago Booth MBA students with the opportunity to intern at a startup. EIP provides a stipend to the student, and also requires the company to provide compensation. If you are interested in hosting a student intern in summer 2018, please contact Gorana Kolar, Associate Director at the Polsky Center at gorana.kolar@chicagobooth.edu.

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Appointments

Polsky Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) are seasoned entrepreneurs and business executives who host a variety of skills- and career-based workshops, and are available to meet with students, alumni, and faculty for individual coaching sessions throughout the academic year. EIRs are available to meet throughout the academic year, and have provided key insight and mentorship to dozens of companies. We also host regular small group sessions and workshops with the EIRs over breakfast and lunch. Learn more here.

Polsky Accelerator

Polsky offers a summer accelerator program that is open to any UChicago students, faculty, staff, and alumni on an application basis. Accepted teams receive funding, office space, access to Polsky Center staff, coaching from faculty, mentorship from alumni entrepreneurs and Chicago-area investors, and weekly programming designed to help them overcome many of the hurdles to launching a business. Learn more.

Polsky Incubator

Housed in the Polsky Exchange, the Polsky Incubator is designed for early-stage companies looking for space, guidance, and support to reach critical milestones and grow into a sustainable business. Already graduated? Great -- UChicago alumni are eligible to apply to join the Polsky Incubator. To learn more, check out our Polsky Incubator information page

Startup Summer

Startup Summer offers incoming Chicago Booth MBA students who have expressed an interest in entrepreneurship the opportunity to work for a Booth-led startup seven weeks in the summer before they begin their MBA studies. This program is fully subsidized by Chicago Booth.Startup Summer offers incoming Chicago Booth MBA students who have expressed an interest in entrepreneurship the opportunity to work for a Booth-led startup seven weeks in the summer before they begin their MBA studies. This program is fully subsidized by Chicago Booth. Learn more here.

UChicago Startup Investment Program

A new initiative launched in 2016 where UChicago co-invests alongside established venture funds in startups led by UChicago faculty, students, staff and alumni. The University has set aside $25 million from its endowment to invest in startups that are raising an early round of funding, known as Series A. A new initiative launched in 2016 where UChicago co-invests alongside established venture funds in startups led by UChicago faculty, students, staff and alumni. The University has set aside $25 million from its endowment to invest in startups that are raising an early round of funding, known as Series A. Learn more here.