College New Venture Challenge (CNVC)

College New Venture Challenge (CNVC)

Contact

To learn more about College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) and how to apply, please contact Lucas Peralta.

If you are interested in scheduling time to meet with the CNVC staff and coaches to get feedback on your application, please contact:

  • Scott Metcalf, CNVC Coach and Senior Associate Program Director, UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship
  • Lucas Peralta, Associate Director, Polsky Center

Faculty

Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17

Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17

Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

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Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17

Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

As Deputy Dean, Starr oversees the Full-time, Evening, and Weekend MBA Programs, as well as the work of the Polsky Center and Rustandy Center at Booth. Prior to her role as Deputy Dean, Starr was the Executive Director of the Polsky Center, working with University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff to launch the next generation of high-impact ventures. She grew the entrepreneurship program at the University of Chicago from 2005 to 2020, and continues to champion the Center’s work today.

During Starr’s time as Executive Director at Polsky, she ran and expanded the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge (NVC), which awards over $1M in funding and services to top entrepreneurial companies each year. The NVC is ranked the #1 university accelerator program in the nation. Since 1996, the NVC has fostered more than 800 startups, with 180+ that are still in operation and growing strong, has created thousands of jobs, and has produced exits of over nearly $6 billion, including Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) and Braintree Venmo (acquired by eBay’s PayPal for $800 million). In 2017, Starr testified before the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Small Business on the role of accelerator programs in creating new jobs and positively influencing economic development.

Coaches

Ale Breuer, MBA ’17

Ale Breuer, MBA ’17

Cofounder and CEO, Ezza Nails

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Ale Breuer, MBA ’17

Cofounder and CEO, Ezza Nails

Kim Marsh, MBA ’17

Kim Marsh, MBA ’17

Cofounder and COO, Ezza Nails and Head of Community + Operations, Fable

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Kim Marsh, MBA ’17

Cofounder and COO, Ezza Nails and Head of Community + Operations, Fable

Scott Metcalf, MBA ’94

Scott Metcalf, MBA ’94

Senior Associate Program Director, The University of Chicago

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Scott Metcalf, MBA ’94

Senior Associate Program Director, The University of Chicago

Scott Metcalf, MBA ’94, is the senior associate program director at the University of Chicago where he leads undergraduate career advising teams for healthcare, law, education, public policy, entrepreneurship, STEM, journalism, arts, and media. In this role, he collaborates with senior leadership, university partners, employers, and alumni to support student career exploration and outcomes.

Chuck Vallurupalli, MBA ’05

Chuck Vallurupalli, MBA ’05

CNVC Coach and Polsky Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence

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Chuck Vallurupalli, MBA ’05

CNVC Coach and Polsky Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence

FOCUS: Entrepreneurship and technology

PROGRAM INVOLVEMENT: College New Venture Challenge, Entrepreneurial Internship Program, and student lunch and learns

Chuck Vallurupalli, MBA ’05, is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and business executive. He has founded, led, and contributed to the success of several early-stage, growth, and public companies. He has worked with over 150 startups and several more entrepreneurs as a mentor, entrepreneur-in-residence, and investor. He has also helped several corporations on their innovation agendas.

Program Manager

Lucas Peralta

Lucas Peralta

Associate Director, Polsky Center

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Lucas Peralta

Associate Director, Polsky Center

Lucas Peralta focuses on  innovation programming including the Polsky I-Corps program, the Collaboratorium, the Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3), and the New Venture Challenge among others. Lucas has valuable experience coordinating volunteer boards, implementing mentoring programs, managing digital marketing, and recruiting volunteers for key programs.

 

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