The Global Launchpad is open to UChicago alumni who are pursuing or wish to pursue entrepreneurial careers. Alumni from any UChicago undergraduate and graduate programs from any year are eligible. Non-alumni and current students may register but will be considered on a case-by-case and space-available basis.
The program includes educational seminars on core topics in entrepreneurship, as well as hands-on workshops and a fast-pitch showcase for participants with new ventures or ideas for new ventures. Alumni who do not have an idea for a new venture but are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship are encouraged to register, as well. No prior experience in entrepreneurship is required.
Business partners working on the same venture or start-up idea must register individually and each pay the full participation fee. Business partners, both alumni and non-alumi, are invited to attend the program’s fast pitch showcase to support their team.