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Programs & Events

Programs & Events

The Polsky Center offers several action-based learning opportunities aimed at helping students pursue their own entrepreneurial endeavors or careers in private equity, venture, capital, entrepreneurship through acquisition, or social entrepreneurship. Don't miss out on a wide variety of experiential learning-based programs, events, workshops, speakers, panels, conferences, challenges, and more.
New Venture Challenge

New Venture Challenge

The Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) is the premier start-up launch program run by the Polsky Center.
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Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

A suite of programs and resources designed to provide graduating students and alumni access to the education, capital, and mentorship necessary to acquire and grow small businesses.
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Private Equity

Private Equity

On the investing side, the Polsky Center supports the aspirations of students and alumni interested in a career in private equity and venture capital.
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Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund

The UChicago Innovation Fund invests in proof-of-concept and early business development work for viable new startups created by faculty and students.
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FinTech

FinTech

Providing deep programming and support to students, staff, alumni and members of the community running FinTech startup companies.
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Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Conference

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Conference

The Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) Conference, cohosted by Chicago Booth and Kellogg, is the first-of-its-kind conference aimed at educating and inspiring students, alumni, and the communi...
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Chicago Booth Search Fund Investor Summit

Chicago Booth Search Fund Investor Summit

The Chicago Booth Search Fund Investor Summit is an annual event that connects search fund investors with University of Chicago students and alumni who are raising search funds.
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Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab

Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab

Through the combination of an intensive internship at a PE or VC firm and an academic course, students become active participants in the analysis of real-world investment decisions.
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Private Equity Conference

Private Equity Conference

The Private Equity Conference brings together financiers, students, and entrepreneurs to network and share insights into the dynamics of investing in a constantly changing economy.
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Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge

Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge

A case competition that enables teams from both institutions to assess the potential for a leveraged buyout of a publicly-listed company.
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Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC)

Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC)

The Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC) launched in 2011 with the generous support of Sterling Partners. SPITC is exclusive for Chicago Booth students interested in forming teams and...
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Alumni Entrepreneurs Growth Forum

Alumni Entrepreneurs Growth Forum

Great things can happen when founders get together to learn and share their stories with each other.
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Big Problems, Big Ideas

Big Problems, Big Ideas

Big Problems, Big Ideas harnesses the brain power at the University of Chicago to discuss and identify solutions to some of the biggest problems we’re facing at local and global levels.
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Chicago Microbiome Conference

Chicago Microbiome Conference

A two-day program of informative sessions, rich discussion, and networking opportunities presented by experts across academia and industry.
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Collaboratorium

Collaboratorium

The Collaboratorium unites UChicago students with researchers, technologists, and faculty who want to explore the commercialization opportunities and business applications of their work.
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Innovation Fest

Innovation Fest

A month-long celebration of the pioneering and entrepreneurial endeavors at the University of Chicago.
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SeedCon

SeedCon

Bringing together successful entrepreneurs and seasoned venture capitalists to share ideas and advice, foster creativity, and ignite the entrepreneurial-spirit within.
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Machine Learning Venture Capital Summit

Machine Learning Venture Capital Summit

An event dedicated to exploring technology that has the potential to change the way people interact with things like music, email, and financial planning.
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Entrepreneurial Internship Program

Entrepreneurial Internship Program

The Entrepreneurial Internship Program (EIP) gives full-time first year Chicago Booth students, as well as second year students continuing their coursework in the following fall, the opportunity to in...
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Innovation Fund Associates Program

Innovation Fund Associates Program

Students and post-docs receive robust training and perform diligence on innovation projects.
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Lab Corps

Lab Corps

National laboratory staff with commercially relevant technology team up with entrepreneurs.
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MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT)

MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT)

MIINT is a learning opportunity that allows student teams to source early-stage impact investments.
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Polsky Accelerator

Polsky Accelerator

The Polsky Accelerator, launched in June 2012, gives student teams the opportunity to work intensively and solely on their businesses and social enterprises in a collaborative and dynamic environment...
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Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3)

Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3)

The Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3) is a resource available to graduating University of Chicago and Chicago Booth students and decelerating Chicago Booth students who are committed to growing a...
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Polsky I-Corps

Polsky I-Corps

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 (s...
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Polsky Incubator

Polsky Incubator

Providing dedicated space, mentorship, and support to early-stage startups, helping them achieve critical milestones and grow into sustainable businesses.
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Polsky Small Business Growth Program

Polsky Small Business Growth Program

The Polsky Small Business Growth Program focuses on supporting small businesses owners and helping them grow and scale their businesses to the next level of success.
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Start-up Networking Night

Start-up Networking Night

Start-up Networking Night creates an opportunity to bring a strong community of entrepreneurs together with talented students from Chicago Booth for a productive night of networking.
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Startup Summer

Startup Summer

Start-up Summer offers incoming students who are curious about entrepreneurship the opportunity to work for a Booth-led start-up during the summer before they begin their MBA program.
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UChicago App Challenge

UChicago App Challenge

The UChicago App Challenge helps you translate an innovation idea or observation into a mobile app, great website or program.
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UChicago Startup Investment Program

UChicago Startup Investment Program

A new initiative where University of Chicago co-invests alongside established venture funds in startups led by UChicago faculty, students, staff and alumni.
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Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)

Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)

The Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) is the world's largest venture capital competition with over 70 universities competing.
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