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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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How Technology Commercialization Teams Are Thinking Differently

Traditional technology commercialization operations teams are being asked to do more – an expanding scope of work that includes an increasingly diverse group of stakeholders. A panel of operations experts,…
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Quantum Startup memQ Raises $2 Million Seed Round to Shape the Future of Quantum Networking

memQ, a Chicago-based quantum memory startup, announced today a $2 million seed funding round. Funding came from the lead investor Quantonation, Exposition Ventures, and the George Shultz Innovation Fund.…
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24 Startups Accepted into the 2023 Alumni New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the 24 startups accepted into the 2023 Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC), a global competition dedicated to supporting…
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Novel Device Helps Eliminate Smoke in the Operating Room, a Workplace Hazard for Surgical Teams

A new device designed by University of Chicago Professor of Surgery J. Michael Millis helps remove surgical smoke from operating rooms, a known workplace hazard which has recently become a…
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Rattan L. Khosa SeedCon 2023: Building for Resilience

The Polsky Center and Chicago Booth’s Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (EVC) Group co-hosted Rattan L. Khosa SeedCon 2023, Booth’s annual flagship entrepreneurship and venture capital conference, on January 27. This…
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Small Business Spotlight: Getting Lost Leads Owner of Forty Acres Fresh Market to Find Her Entrepreneurial Spirit

When Liz Abunaw, MBA’14, stepped off the No. 66 bus in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood six years ago, she wasn’t looking to change her life. She was looking for a bank.…
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2 Startups Awarded $175,000 Each to Further Develop Cancer Treatment Technologies

Alnair Therapeutics and Riptide Therapeutics have been awarded investments from the George Shultz Innovation Fund to further develop their cancer treatment technologies. Both will receive $175,000 investments from the Fund.…
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Riptide Therapeutics Awarded $175,000 From George Shultz Innovation Fund

The George Shultz Innovation Fund (GSIF), managed by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, recently selected Riptide Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical startup led by University of Chicago and Northwestern University…
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Alnair Therapeutics Awarded $175,000 From George Shultz Innovation Fund

The George Shultz Innovation Fund (GSIF), managed by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, recently selected oncology startup Alnair Therapeutics as a Fall 2022 cohort award winner. The company,…
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Transform Accelerator for Data Science & Emerging AI Startups Launches

New Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation program provides support to early-stage companies built on data science and AI technologies; applications are now extended to January 25th. The University of…
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UChicago Launches Polsky Deep Tech Ventures to Support Startups Bringing Science, Tech to Market

The $20M initiative will include a new venture fund and a series of sector-specific accelerators to provide startups with technical and market expertise.   The Polsky Center is…
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Small Business Spotlight: Eventnoire Succeeds by Super Serving its Community

Jeff Osuji knew his latest business venture had legs during the 2019 Black Alumni Ball in Washington, D.C. His platform, Eventnoire, served as the registration site for this annual event,…

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