Celebrating Black in Tech: Insight and Advice from Black Startup Founders

Jasmine Shells, MBA '21, founded her startup in Chicago with the intention of building it in Chicago as well. But when it came time to raise money, the checks…

Compass Demo Day to Showcase Deep Tech Startups

Polsky Science Ventures and the Compass deep tech accelerator team at the University of Chicago are hosting a “demo day” to highlight innovative research and technologies across the life sciences,…

Will the “Golden Age” of Tech Investment Last? Three Venture Capitalists Dive In During a Conversation Moderated by the Polsky Center’s Steve Kaplan

By all measures, 2021 has been a banner year for tech investment and returns. And money increasingly is flowing into markets like Chicago, thanks in part to a remote…

Collaboratorium Helps Kick off the Academic Year with a Collision of Entrepreneurial Brain Power

For entrepreneurial students at Chicago Booth, one of the seminal events to kick off the academic year is the Polsky Center’s Collaboratorium, where scientific minds collide with business brains in…

Fireside Chat: Airbnb Cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk Reveals How the Business Grew, Survived COVID-19 and Found Success Thanks to a Publicity Stunt

 As Airbnb neared the end of its first year in business, its prospects looked grim. The San Francisco-based startup — at the time called AirBed & Breakfast — wasn’t…

Fireside Chat: Booth Alums Rattan L. Khosa and Son Neel Discuss Bootstrapping, Running a Family Business, and Weathering COVID-19

Growing up in the family business, Neel Khosa, MBA ’07, sometimes felt that the company his father founded was his “little brother.” “I had a bit of a sibling rivalry…

NVC@25 Fireside Chat: LemonBox Cofounder Derek Weng

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Edward L. Kaplan ’71 New Venture Challenge, a top-ranked accelerator at the University of Chicago, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is…

DeepTechU Day 3: Navigating Lab to Launch, Deep Tech Investment, and a Culture Shift Toward Commercialization

“The best companies we see have deep venture experience,” said Beckett Jackson, investing director, Boeing HorizonX. But they also have a grand vision about how the technology will become a…

DeepTechU Day 2: Industry Insights, Platform Tech Potential, and Advice for Attracting VC Funding

Day two of the DeepTechU conference saw top executives discuss how deep tech innovation is transforming industries and featured a panel discussion between founders and investors who talked through the…

DeepTechU Day 1: Experts Talk Streamlining Tech Transfer, Accelerating Startup Success, and the Importance of Making Connections

Juan de Pablo, Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives at the University of Chicago, kicked off the first day of DeepTechU – which attracted…

NVC@25 Fireside Chat: Ben & Frank Cofounder Mariana Castillo

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Edward L. Kaplan ’71 New Venture Challenge, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is hosting a series of fireside chats with alums…

fillow, the First All-Female Team to Be Named Winner of the CNVC, Takes Home $75,000

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 College New Venture Challenge (CNVC). The CNVC is the…

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