College Students

College Students

Science and Technology Commercialization

The Polsky Center connects ambitious College students with University of Chicago faculty and researchers at the National Laboratories who are specifically looking for talented students to support their startups and to help them commercialize their inventions.

Collaboratorium

The Collaboratorium unites UChicago students with researchers, technologists, and faculty who want to explore the commercialization opportunities and business applications of their work. A great opportunity for Chicago Booth students, other graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, alumni, and faculty to connect, the program includes an opportunity for scientists and researchers to pitch as well as network with students about their cutting-edge research and technologies.

Polsky I-Corps

The Polsky I-Corps program empowers UChicago scientists, researchers, and students to test the commercial potential of their research and ideas. Supported with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and run by the Polsky Center, the I-Corps program is specifically designed for participants working on projects related to the STEM fields.

Compass Deep Tech Accelerator

Built on a 25-year history of launching successful ventures, Compass is the Polsky Center’s deep tech accelerator program for University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory researchers interested in launching new startup companies. College students can apply through a competitive application process to join one of the Compass teams either as a Business Development Fellow or a Science Innovation Fellow.

George Shultz Innovation Fund

Managed by the Polsky Center, the George Shultz Innovation Fund provides up to $250,000 in co-investment funding for early stage tech ventures coming out of University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and the Marine Biological Laboratory. College students can join a startup team and help develop the business plan for these early-stage science and technology companies.

Innovation Fund Associates

The Innovation Fund Associates (IFA) program works alongside the Polsky Center’s George Shultz Innovation Fund. Student associates are trained to act as venture capitalists, performing due diligence on innovative ventures coming out of the University of Chicago ecosystem. The program is structured as an apprenticeship, where associates learn-by-doing as part of an interdisciplinary team. Associates deep dive into one investment opportunity per cycle and get a close-up look at the commercialization process and what it takes to move a technology from the lab into real world application.

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