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2019 Events Schedule

Our calendar of events for UChicago Innovation Fest 2019 is as follows:


Week #3:

 

Legal Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019  |  8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

The Legal Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs is an exclusive one-day program designed for those in the process of – or considering – starting a new venture. Join the Polsky Center and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for practical information on the legal and business issues facing today’s entrepreneurs. This event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. The day begins with an overview of the process of incorporating a company, strategies for allocating stock, and case studies of real startups. Session leaders will then provide an overview of protecting intellectual property, the licensing process, and how to align an IP portfolio strategy with business goals. Next, session leaders will talk about the fundraising process, from valuations and investor expectations to negotiations, and how term sheets work. The day will conclude with a networking reception.

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Questions? Contact Steph Avalos-Bock

 

UChicago Design Thinking Innovation Challenge

When: Friday, May 17, 2019  |  4:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Hosted By: Innovation and Design Club at Chicago Booth, UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Global and Social Impact

 The Innovation and Design Club at Chicago Booth is creating its first design thinking competition that brings together top talent students across the University of Chicago with different backgrounds. Groups of students will tackle a real-world problem while learning about the design thinking process. The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), which aims to enrich Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy, is the competition’s official sponsor and will be providing a problem for the student teams to solve. Teams will have access to dedicated coaching and support by business and design professionals, and will learn how to build prototypes and iterate to improve their solutions. Teams will present their ideas in front of a panel of judges at an event on May 17 that is open to the public. Each team will be judged primarily on the depth of user insights they uncovered and the progress they made through iteration. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams.

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Questions? Contact Luciana Ferreira

 

Annual University of Chicago Graduate China Forum

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019  |  8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: International House (1414 E. 59th St., Chicago)
Hosted By: Chicago Booth, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, China Law Society, Harris Public Policy, China Business and Economy Group, Greater China Club, UChicago Law School, Asian Policy Forum, Becker Friedman Institute, and International House
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Global and Social Impact 

The annual University of Chicago Graduate China Forum aims to promote intellectual exchange and bilateral cooperation between the US and China by creating a platform for presenting diverse perspectives on contemporary US-China issues. The forum is a key hub of communication and collaboration between the US and China in the Midwestern US and an engaging platform for University of Chicago professors, students, and alumni interested in the US-China relationship. By initiating ongoing dialogues between the US and China, the forum provides unique insights into the US-China relationship and expand the audience’s knowledge of China, helps the audience understand and identify key opportunities stemming from US-China dynamics, and provides networking opportunities for the audience and distinguished leaders in all fields. Speakers for this year’s forum include Randall S. Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean for Executive Programs at Chicago Booth, Keith Crandell, cofounder and managing partner of ARCH Venture Partners, and Kaufman Chang, an entrepreneur in cloud computing software, big data security software, and biotech, among others. The China Forum is a paid event and registration is required.

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Questions? Contact Jack Liu

 


Week #4:

 

Inc. Magazine’s Fast Growth Tour in Chicago

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019  |  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan St., Chicago)
Hosted By: Inc. Magazine
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

Join Inc. at Morgan Manufacturing for a very special, one-day Inc. 5000 Series event, featuring one-on-one coaching sessions, tactile breakouts, high-level keynotes, and plenty of opportunities to network with other attendees, Inc. editors, and featured speakers, including Katlin Smith, CEO of Simple Mills, which won first place in the Polsky Center’s 2014 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge. The Fast Growth Tour is a paid event and registration is required.

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**Use the code polskycommunity to receive a discounted ticket.
Questions? Contact Inc. Events

 

3D Printing from Medical Data

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019  |  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Jackson Park Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

Ever wanted to 3D print models of bones and organs? Learn to process public domain de-identified medical data to create anatomical models. Bring your laptops for this hands-on class with Theodora Szasz from the Research Computing Center. As an image analysis and data visualization specialist at RCC, Szasz engages the community of researchers involved in computational image analysis at UChicago across application areas such as biology, physics, chemistry, and medical physics. She is developing best practices for using image data visualization and analysis tools. She has programming experience with the state-of-the-art software toolkits for image data visualization. This event is free and lunch will be provided.

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Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki

 

The World as It Is: A Book Discussion with Ben Rhodes

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019  |  12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: International House, Assembly Hall (1414 E. 59th St., Chicago)
Hosted By: The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and the International House Global Voices Program
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Global and Social Impact

As part of the International House Global Voices Program, the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts is hosting an event featuring Ben Rhodes who will share anecdotes and a behind-the-scenes look at his time in the Obama Administration as chronicled in his New York Times bestseller, The World as It Is. Please join the Pearson Institute for this moderated discussion and audience Q&A session. Book signing to follow.

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Questions? Contact Kellee Dawkins

 

Accelerating Scientific Discovery with AI
When: Thursday, May 23, 2019  |  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Argonne National Laboratory, (9700 S. Cass Ave., Lemon, IL), Building 402 (APS Conference Center Building 402)
Hosted By: Argonne National Laboratory
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Scientific Advancements

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and across the globe develop new technologies to accelerate scientific discoveries from atomic to universe scale. At Argonne, researchers are fundamentally changing the foundation of the scientific discovery process using machine learning and artificial intelligence. But what exactly are machine learning and artificial intelligence? How can they revolutionize scientific discovery? Join Argonne computer scientist Prasanna Balaprakash as he explains the development, role, and importance of artificial intelligence in science. This event will also be livestreamed.

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Questions? Contact Angela Hardin

 

BóLè Roundtable in Hong Kong

When: Friday, May 24, 2019  |  2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus (168 Victoria Road, Mount Davis, Hong Kong)
Hosted By: Chicago Booth Angels Network of Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area
Who Should Attend: Startups (seed, pre-A, series A) and tech investors of these rounds
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

Join the Chicago Booth Angels Network of Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area for an afternoon of candid and confidential insight exchange. Entrepreneurs and startups in Asia are invited to apply to pitch and receive feedback from 5-10 relevant and interested investors in a close-door roundtable setting. Investor-ready startups will be prioritized, and each selected startup will be invited to participate in a 30-minute session. Startups will need to apply online by May 13, 2019 at www.boothangels.com/pitch and investors will need to register to participate by emailing Brian Tsui, MBA ’11. This is the first UChicago Innovation Fest event held in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex and the University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus.   

To apply and RSVP, email Brian Tsui at btsui@chicagobooth.edu >>
Questions? Contact Brian Tsui

 


Week #5:

 

Chicago and Hong Kong: Creating business opportunities in Asia as the next market of expansion for startups and beyond

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019  | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Booth 455, Room 130 (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UChicago Global, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Global and Social Impact 

Ralph Chow, regional director of Americas of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will discuss Hong Kong’s important role in the development of the Greater Bay Area as a renowned international financial, transportation, IP and trading hub, and key connector for overseas companies to tap into the GBA ecosystem.

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Questions? Contact Cerise Miller

Made in the Fab Lab: Science Edition

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019  | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: William Eckhardt Research Center, Room 201B (5640 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Global and Social Impact 

Ralph Chow, regional director of Americas of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will discuss Hong Kong’s important role in the development of the Greater Bay Area as a renowned international financial, transportation, IP and trading hub, and key connector for overseas companies to tap into the GBA ecosystem.

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Questions? Contact Cerise Miller

 


Week #6:

 

John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) Finals
When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019  |  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: 
Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-25 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Hosted By: Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Global and Social Impact 

Join the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth and the Polsky Center for the 2019 finals of the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC). SNVC finalist teams will present to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for $75,000 in cash prizes and additional specialized awards. The SNVC is the social impact track of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC), which helps students launch for-profit and nonprofit ventures with a social impact mission and a model for financial sustainability. Doors open for the 2019 SNVC at 9:15 a.m., and the program will begin at 10 a.m. The 2019 SNVC Finals will also be livestreamed and access to the livestream will be available at www.chicagonvc.com.

Register Online >>
Questions? Contact Will Colegrove

 

Taste the Impact Reception

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019  |  3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room 104 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Hosted By: Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Global and Social Impact 

Immediately following the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) finals, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation will host its annual Taste the Impact reception. Attendees will enjoy catering from a variety of food-focused, mission-driven organizations based in and around Chicago. The winners of the 2019 SNVC Finals will be announced during the Taste the Impact reception.

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Questions? Contact Will Colegrove

 

George Shultz Innovation Fund Finals: Spring 2019 Cycle

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019  |  8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

Managed by the Polsky Center, the George Shultz Innovation Fund provides critical early capital to groundbreaking UChicago ventures and technologies that have the greatest promise to transform our future. Finalists in the 2019 spring investment cycle will compete for up to $250,000 in proof-of-concept capital. Each team will pitch their ideas to the Innovation Fund Investment Committee, an esteemed group of judges made up of investors, serial entrepreneurs, and industry experts. The Spring 2019 Cycle Finals will be livestreamed and access to the livestream will be available online at the start of the program. Details for accessing the livestream will be available on the Innovation Fest website. The winners of the Shultz Innovation Fund will be announced in the days following the finals. 

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Questions? Contact Nora Mansfield

 

Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge Finals

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019  |  8:30 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-25 and the Peter May Student Lounge (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

 Join the Polsky Center for the finals of the 23rd annual Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC). Throughout the day, student startup teams will present to a panel of judges comprising of top investors, entrepreneurs, and others. Prizes, which include more than $1 million in cash prizes and in-kind services, such as legal and professional consulting services, and office space, have helped past NVC winners like Grubhub, Tovala, Foxtrot, and Simple Mills grow into successful businesses. The NVC is recognized as one of the top startup accelerator programs in the US and this year marks the 23rd anniversary of the program. This event is open to all members of the UChicago community and the public. Space in room C-25 will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open for the 2019 NVC at 8:00 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. No laptops will be allowed into the presentation room, remote viewing will be available in the Peter May Student Lounge at Chicago Booth. In addition, the 2019 NVC Finals will be livestreamed and access to the livestream will be available at www.chicagonvc.com. The winners of the 2019 NVC Finals will be announced during the Polsky Innovation Showcase.

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Questions? Contact Megan Fox

 

Polsky Innovation Showcase

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019  |  3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Chicago Booth Charles M. Harper Center, Winter Garden (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

The Polsky Innovation Showcase is an interactive celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration in the university community. Set up like a science fair, entrepreneurs and innovators from across the entire campus community will demo their startups, products and/or technologies at different tables in Chicago Booth’s Winter Garden. Attendees are invited to take an interactive and in-depth look at the flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Chicago. Winners of all five tracks of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge—Traditional, Social, Global, College and Alumni—will be announced during this event. Free snacks and beverages will be provided.

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Questions? Contact Mariah Montenegro 

 

Overview of the Alumni New Venture Challenge

When: Friday, June 7, 2019  |  4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Ida Noyes Hall, West Lounge (1212 E. 59th St., Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) track is the fifth track of the Polsky Center’s nationally-ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge program. The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is open to all University of Chicago alumni who are in the process of launching and developing their startup ventures. The ANVC follows a similar phased timeline and rigorous, milestone-driven structure that is found in all tracks of the existing NVC. Alumni must apply to their local regional program and accepted startups will get the chance to receive dedicated support and mentoring from the Polsky Center and seasoned alumni entrepreneurs and investors across the globe. Semifinals will be hosted in each local region and the ANVC global finals will be held in Chicago as part of UChicago Innovation Fest 2020. At the finals, alumni startups are competing for up to $100,000 in funding and prizes. Come to this info session as part of UChicago Alumni Weekend 2019 for a chance to learn about how to apply to the ANVC for the 2019-20 academic year.

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Questions? Contact Micheline Pergande

 

Polsky Center Open House with Tours of the Polsky Exchange

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019  |  9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North (1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public
Track: Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

Come learn about the thriving entrepreneurship and innovative ecosystem at the University of Chicago. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a resource for all UChicago faculty, staff, students, alumni, and local community entrepreneurs on the South Side of Chicago with no University affiliation. The Polsky Center manages a 34,000 square foot business incubator and startup hub on 53rd Street, called the Polsky Exchange, which is located in the heart of the growing innovation district of Hyde Park. Take a tour of the wide array of resources that are currently available to entrepreneurs and innovators who are members of the Polsky Center, including the state-of-the-art fabrication and prototyping lab, mentorship appointments with leading industry experts, the business incubator program, and more than 450 events and workshops per year to support entrepreneurs. Guided tours will take place every 15 minutes. Free breakfast will be provided.

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Questions? Contact Micheline Pergande

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