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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!


ETA Insider Podcast series features all things related to entrepreneurship through acquisition. Where Are They Now? delves into the entrepreneurial journeys of several startups to mark the 25th anniversary of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, a top-ranked startup accelerator at the University of Chicago.

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Four Startups Advance to Spring 2023 George Shultz Innovation Fund Finals

Four startups innovating in the life sciences, energy, healthcare IT, and medical device spaces will each vie for up to $250,000 in co-investment as finalists in the Spring 2023 cohort…
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Onchilles Pharma Advancing Tumor-Killing Drug Candidate to the Clinic

University of Chicago spinout Onchilles Pharma plans to initiate first-in-human clinical trials next year for its lead drug candidate – which has demonstrated broad, potent, and direct tumor-killing activity. The…
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A Gut Check for Post-Op Infection: Covira Offers a Pro-Bacteria Approach

Covira is a Chicago-based startup backed by three decades of field-defining research by John Alverdy, Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago. Alverdy, who…
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‘We Have a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity,’ Says New Director of Duality Quantum Accelerator

The new director of Duality, Ezunial “Eze” Burts III, brings two decades of industry experience to the role – and is excited to be fully immersed in the Chicago…
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Small Business Spotlight: Big Plans are Brewing For Kikwetu Kenya Coffee Company

With three young children and a full-time job as a technology executive, Leecox Omollo has to be intentional about how he spends his spare time. So as he and his…
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UChicago’s Transform Accelerator for Data Science and Emerging AI Startups Announces Inaugural Cohort

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Data Science Institute today announced the inaugural cohort of its new accelerator, Transform. Housed within the new Deep Tech…
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Small Business Spotlight: Egg Rolls Etc. Brings Comfort and Culture to the Frozen Food Aisle

It was a dare that brought Javon Nicholas, founder and president of Egg Rolls Etc.™, to Taiwan, and the kindness of her new community that inspired her to start…
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#SBDC Day Q&A: How Will the New Small Business Development Center at the Polsky Exchange Help Chicago’s South Side?

SBDC Day, held this year on March 15, is an annual celebration of the nation's 1,000 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), a network of federally-funded sites that provide no-cost, one-one-on…
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Polsky Center Namesake Michael Polsky Talks Entrepreneurship Journey in Recent Fireside Chat

Ukrainian-born serial entrepreneur and energy visionary Michael Polsky, MBA ’87 recently sat down with Jay Schrankler, associate vice president and head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, to…
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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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Top Tier Lessons, Tie for First Place at 2023 College New Venture Challenge Finals

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and The Grainger College of Engineering are pleased to announce the winners of the 11th Annual College New Venture Challenge (CNVC). This year’s…
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UChicago’s Polsky Exchange Expands Its Commitment to South Side Economic Growth with the Launch of a New Illinois Small Business Development Center

The Center will be the first dedicated to supporting professional services and technology entrepreneurs on the south side. The Polsky Exchange at the University of Chicago will soon launch a…

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