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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
  • Chuck Vallurupalli, CNVC Coach and Polsky Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • Lucas Peralta, CNVC Program Manager and 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

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Executive Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Chicago Booth

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Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Executive Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Chicago Booth

Christina Hachikian is the executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She leads the center’s global work as the hub for people solving complex social and environmental problems. In particular, she is responsible for strategy and direction, as well as resource development and partnerships. She is also an adjunct associate professor of strategy at Chicago Booth, and teaches courses on scaling social innovation and on social enterprise strategy, as well as serving as a coach for the school’s Social New Venture Challenge.

Prior to joining Booth, she was vice president and head of investor relations and corporate development for Cole Taylor Bank. In this role, Hachikian was responsible for building relationships within the investment community and crafting financial communications, as well as managing projects such as corporate capital actions and strategic planning. Prior to Cole Taylor, Hachikian was an assistant vice president at ShoreBank (now Urban Partnership Bank), a triple-bottom line community development bank. There she was responsible for managing projects including growth strategy, capital raising initiatives, and operational efficiencies. She held several other related positions at ShoreBank during her seven year tenure. Hachikian also has served as a research and planning analyst for Raytheon Company, directing research projects.

Hachikian holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a focus on strategic management and managerial and organizational behavior. She also earned an AB in public policy from the University of Chicago.

In her spare time, she works with a Westside early education center, VOCEL, and is passionate about early childhood education access. She is inspired every day by her two children to support this issue.

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

Assistant Director, Polsky Center

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Lucas Peralta

Assistant 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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