Programs & Events

Programs & Events

The Polsky Center offers several hands-on learning opportunities aimed at helping students, researchers, faculty, and community members 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. Additionally, to help facilitate team formation, the Polsky Center maintains a team-building gallery, and encourages those looking to participate in our programs to check it regularly for updates. Connect with us by filling out our Get Started with Polsky online form >>
New Venture Challenge

New Venture Challenge

The Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) is a top-ranked accelerator program in the nation and is run by the Polsky Center.
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Svider Private Equity Program

Svider Private Equity Program

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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Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Program

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Program

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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George Shultz Innovation Fund

George Shultz Innovation Fund

The George Shultz 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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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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Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC)

Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC)

Polsky’s Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is open to all University of Chicago alumni across the globe looking to launch and grow their early-stage venture.
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Build and Launch Summer Accelerators

Build and Launch Summer Accelerators

The BUILD and LAUNCH Summer Accelerators give student teams the opportunity to work intensively and solely on their businesses and social enterprises in a collaborative and dynamic environment over th...
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Business Development Fellows

Business Development Fellows

Business Development (BD) Fellows act as business leads for selected deep tech ventures participating in the Polsky Center’s Compass Accelerator, a six-month program.
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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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College New Venture Challenge (CNVC)

College New Venture Challenge (CNVC)

The College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) supports UChicago College students in launching scalable ventures.
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Compass Deep Tech Accelerator

Compass Deep Tech Accelerator

Polsky's new 6-month accelerator for deep tech startups and early technologies.
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Customer Discovery Bootcamp

Customer Discovery Bootcamp

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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Deep Tech Ventures Summit

Deep Tech Ventures Summit

Learn more about the Chicago deep tech ecosystem through a keynote address, investor panels and discussions, and startup pitches. Graduating startup teams of, Duality quantum, Transform data science &...
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Deep Tech Ventures: Corporate Collision

Deep Tech Ventures: Corporate Collision

Deep Tech Ventures Corporate Collision provides a unique opportunity for companies to discover, connect and collaborate with some of the nation’s top quantum, data science & AI, and cleantech startups...
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E-Commerce Learning Lab

E-Commerce Learning Lab

In collaboration with 37 Oaks, E-Commerce Learning Lab is for businesses seeking to add or increase e-commerce capabilities as a strategy for growth.
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Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC)

Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC)

The Polsky Center's Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) is a nationally-ranked accelerator program in the U.S.
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Elfman-Wareham Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab (PE/VC Lab)

Elfman-Wareham Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab (PE/VC Lab)

The Elfman-Wareham Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab provides students with a combination of an intensive internship at a PE or VC firm and an academic course, students become active participants...
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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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Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2)

Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2)

Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2) is designed to help you launch your startup successfully, with workshops ranging in everything from marketing strategy, sales, competitive analysis, financial modeling...
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Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) Fellows Program

Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) Fellows Program

The Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) Fellows Program is designed to provide tailored opportunities and resources to Chicago Booth students who plan to enter the ETA space immediately or with...
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Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) Masterclass – London

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) Masterclass – London

Leverage world class expertise from the Booth School of Business to access the latest developments, innovations and insights in Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition and build your global network for c...
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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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ETA Discovery Cohort

ETA Discovery Cohort

The Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) Discovery Cohort provides curated opportunities for Full Time (first-year only), Evening/Weekend, and Executive MBA Program students at Chicago Booth to...
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Front End of Innovation

Front End of Innovation

   
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Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC)

Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC)

The Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC) gives second-year students in the Chicago Booth Executive MBA program the rare opportunity to work closely with alumni and members of the business community and...
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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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John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC)

John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC)

In partnership with the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth, the Polsky Center runs the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), which is committed to contin...
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Market Navigator

Market Navigator

The Market Navigator is a customer discovery and market insight program designed to help Business-to-Consumer (B2C) businesses that have achieved product-market fit and initial traction to better unde...
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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 Center I-Corps

Polsky Center 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 Exchange Capital Series

Polsky Exchange Capital Series

This Polsky Exchange Capital Series features presentations by capital providers and information about how to access different forms of capital. The series will commence with presentations from traditi...
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Polsky Founders’ Circles

Polsky Founders’ Circles

A virtual place where alumni founders can connect with fellow founders and receive coaching from an expert.
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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 Global

Polsky Global

The Polsky Center’s Global Expansion makes resources available across the world to foster connections that help more ideas have a meaningful impact on society
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Polsky Science and Technology Associates

Polsky Science and Technology Associates

Polsky Science and Technology Associates is an opportunity for current University of Chicago graduate students to work with the Technology Development, Market Intelligence and Innovation Growth, and B...
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Polsky Science Innovation Fellows Program

Polsky Science Innovation Fellows Program

Students and post-docs evaluate high-potential technologies emerging out of University of Chicago research labs.
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Private Equity Alumni/Student Coaching Program

Private Equity Alumni/Student Coaching Program

The Private Equity Alumni/Student Coaching Program matches Chicago Booth MBA students pursuing careers in private equity with members of the Polsky Center Private Equity Council and Chicago Booth alum...
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Private Equity Conference

Private Equity Conference

The Chicago Booth Private Equity Conference brings together investors, students, and entrepreneurs to network and share insights into the dynamics of investing in a constantly changing economy.
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Rattan L. Khosa SeedCon

Rattan L. Khosa 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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Rattan L. Khosa Student Entrepreneurs Program

Rattan L. Khosa Student Entrepreneurs Program

The Rattan L. Khosa Student Entrepreneurs Program is a multi-pronged program for students launching businesses, managed by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
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Resurgence

Resurgence

The Resurgence cleantech accelerator is a 9-month hybrid program designed to support ventures in the cleantech industry.
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Science Commercialization Advisors

Science Commercialization Advisors

Science Commercialization Advisors provide the opportunity for industry experts and leaders to engage with UChicago researchers and ventures to help them determine their next step to commercialization...
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Small Business Financial Fundamentals

Small Business Financial Fundamentals

The Polsky Small Business Financial Fundamentals focuses on supporting small businesses owners and help gain better financial management knowledge and skills.
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Small Business Growth Program

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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South Side Business Development Internship Program

South Side Business Development Internship Program

The South Side Business Development Internship Program creates an opportunity for College students at the University of Chicago to complete paid internships with Polsky Exchange community business mem...
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SPIN

SPIN

The Strategic Programs for Innovation at the National Labs (SPIN) is designed to leverage the entrepreneurial mindset for high potential researchers and staff.
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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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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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Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Informatics Masterclass

Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Informatics Masterclass

The Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Informatics Masterclass convenes experts to deliver rigorous instruction on a variety of topics in bioinformatics, providing participants with an immersive learn...
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The Idea Lab

The Idea Lab

The Idea Lab is an eight-week program designed to help community members who have a business idea and want to proceed to move from idea to launch.
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The Prototype for Success

The Prototype for Success

The Prototype for Success program explores career paths at the intersection of business and emerging technologies.
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Transform

Transform

Transform is a unique 16-week program that focuses on solving complex probelms, in partnership with the University of Chicago Data Science Institute.
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UChicago Private Markets Program

UChicago Private Markets Program

The UChicago Private Markets Program is a one-week immersive academic and career-oriented program to educate students in the Private Markets through theory, cases, and modeling workshops, and position...
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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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Visiting ETA Advisors

Visiting ETA Advisors

The Visiting Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) Advisors provides additional mentorship and coaching support to Chicago Booth students and alumni who are interested in learning more about ETA...
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Water Street Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC)

Water Street Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC)

A case competition that enables teams to assess the potential for a leveraged buyout of a publicly-listed company.
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Duality

Duality is the first accelerator program in the US exclusively focused on supporting innovative quantum startups
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