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How the Polsky Center Helped Zelia Bridge the Gap Between Fashion and Tech

AI is seemingly everywhere, so why not your closet? Zelia, an AI-powered personal stylist and shopper, aims to bridge the gap between the fashion and the tech worlds. Through…

Where Are They Now? How Kindness Built KindWorks

If a little kindness goes a long way, imagine pairing it with the power of AI. That’s what KindWorks, a platform that encourages and enables kindness through behavioral nudges…

How the Alumni New Venture Challenge Helped Lead These Startups to Success

Launched in 2019, the Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is the newest track of the New Venture Challenge – the top-ranked university accelerator that has been helping seed businesses for…

Kin Insurance: How Passion and a Focus on Doing Good Gave Rise to Chicago’s Latest Unicorn

Sean Harper, AB ’03, MBA ’09, knew his passion from an early age. “Going back to high school, I was the kid who was reading Milton Friedman while programming…

Polsky-Affiliated Initiatives, Startups Ranked Among Chicago’s Hottest Innovators

Eleven entities with roots in the Polsky Center or the University of Chicago have been named to an annual list spotlighting the 50 hottest innovators in the city. Now in…

Alnair Therapeutics Follows Polsky Path to String of Impressive Wins, $1M+ Funding Round

Momentum continues to build for Alnair Therapeutics, an oncology startup focused on developing a platform to better deliver drugs to hard-to-treat cancers. In June – the same month that…

A Distinguished Entrepreneur: Roopa Gandhi, MBA ’96, Talks How Sacrifice, a Refusal to Fail (and Luck) Led to Success

It was for an assignment at Chicago Booth that Roopa Gandhi, MBA ’96, first visualized her career as an entrepreneur. Next year, the company will be celebrating 25 years. “Sometimes…

Build and Launch Accelerator Accepts 18 Teams for the 2023 Summer Program

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the 18 startups selected to participate in the 2023 Polsky Accelerator, a competitive 10-week summer program open to…

Forget the Exit. This Booth ETA Student Plans to Hold Onto his Newly Acquired Plumbing Company for the Long Haul.

For many students pursuing entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA), the primary goal is a quick exit. But Aizik Zimerman, who enrolled in Chicago Booth knowing he wanted to find a small…

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