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Overview of the Alumni New Venture Challenge

The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) track is the fifth track of the Polsky Center’s nationally-ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge program. The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is open to all University of Chicago alumni who are in the process of launching and developing their startup ventures. The ANVC follows a similar phased timeline and rigorous, milestone-driven structure that is found in all tracks of the existing NVC. Alumni must apply to their local regional program and accepted startups will get the chance to receive dedicated support and mentoring from the Polsky Center and seasoned alumni entrepreneurs and investors across the globe. Semifinals will be hosted in each local region and the ANVC global finals will be held in Chicago as part of UChicago Innovation Fest 2020. At the finals, alumni startups are competing for up to $100,000 in funding and prizes. Come to this info session as part of UChicago Alumni Weekend 2019 for a chance to learn about how to apply to the ANVC for the 2019-20 academic year.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest 2019, a month-long celebration of pioneering discovery and entrepreneurial endeavors at the University of Chicago. Organized by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the series of events, workshops and accelerator programs, including the globally recognized Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, highlights the breadth and impact of innovation at UChicago in the areas of entrepreneurship and research commercialization, scientific advancements, and social and global impact. This year’s Innovation Fest will take place May 1-June 9, 2019. For more information, visit innofest.uchicago.edu.

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