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Polsky On Demand – an online portal that provides access to some of Polsky’s world-class business and entrepreneurship educational workshops for free. Browse our digital library below for educational content around entrepreneurship essentials, small business workshops, entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA), and much more!


How did Grubhub grow from a startup to a $7 billion food delivery giant? How did Braintree get a jump on the mobile payment market? The founders of those and other successful companies delve into their entrepreneurial journeys in a podcast series to mark the 25th anniversary of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, a top-ranked startup accelerator at the University of Chicago. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation each week will present an interview with an alum of the program, conducted by professors and mentors.

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Q&A With Steve Kaplan, Co-author of New Academic Book on Private Equity

Private equity has become an increasingly popular investment vehicle as it outperforms other asset classes and access expands to the broader investing public. What’s been missing, said Steve Kaplan, one…
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11th Annual College New Venture Challenge Announces Competing Undergraduate Teams

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with University of Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering is pleased to announce the 16 teams selected for the 11th annual College…
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Meet Abigail Prescott, the Polsky Center’s New Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce that Abigail Prescott has joined the executive leadership team as executive director of marketing and communications. She will…
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Acclaimed Vintage Boutique Recycled Modern, a Polsky Alum, Expands With New Shop in Hyde Park’s Harper Court

  Recycled Modern, an alumnus of the Polsky Center’s Small Business Growth Program, is bringing its art, home décor, and lifestyle boutique to Hyde Park’s Harper Court, fulfilling its…
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Small Business Spotlight: Nicole Jordan’s Catering and Consulting Businesses Show “You Can Be Small But Not Small-Minded”

After a decade working as a consultant, UChicago alum Nicole Jordan, AB ’96, found herself at a crossroads. With a degree in economics and aspirations to be an entrepreneur, Jordan…
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Digital Health, Therapeutics Startups Selected for George Shultz Innovation Fund Finals

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has announced the companies selected for the 2022 fall cohort of the George Shultz Innovation Fund. Managed by…
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Chicago Inno’s “Under 25” Honors Seven UChicago Grads Making Waves as Young Innovators

Chicago Inno’s annual list of rising young innovators found plenty of entrepreneurial talent to celebrate at the University of Chicago. The 2022 "Inno Under 25" list featured seven recent…
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Polsky Center Revitalizes Small Business Growth Program with New Funding from JPMorgan Chase

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is expanding programming that fuels local small business growth and improves the economic health of communities. Funded by a $400,000…
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ClostraBio Closes $4 Million Series A to Transform Intestinal Health with Plug-and-Play Drug Delivery Platform

University of Chicago spinout ClostraBio has closed a $4 million Series A-1 financing round to accelerate development of its lead candidate, expand its plug-n-play platform, and build out its team.…
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‘This is What the Future Looks Like’: Celebrating Quantum Innovation in Chicago

Last week, World Business Chicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) hosted leading innovators in celebration of Chicago’s quantum and deep tech ecosystem. The event doubled as a ribbon-cutting ceremony…
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From Corporate America to Social Impact: How Rachel Kohler Helped Blaze a Trail for Whole-Person Care

After 30 years in corporate America, Rachel Kohler, MBA ’89, resolved to redirect her career to have greater social impact. “If anyone could take risk in their life, I…
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Small Business Spotlight: Sarah Ware, a Change Agent in Chicago Real Estate

Real estate has historically been a white man’s game, and continues to be so at leadership levels. During its 139-year history, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) has had only…

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