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Global New Venture Challenge

Global New Venture Challenge


As we continue to closely monitor Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and respond to the new and evolving situation, our goal is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Until further notice, the Polsky Center will be facilitating the New Venture Challenge courses and programs virtually in accordance with the University of Chicago protocol.

Congratulations to Paire Health, winner of the 2019 Global New Venture Challenge. Paire Health is a HIPAA-compliant platform that connects patients in middle income countries seeking a second opinion on a medical condition with high-quality, board-certified specialists in the US. The company beat out six other teams to win first place and $35,000 at the Global New Venture Challenge finals, which were held in Chicago on April 11, 2019.

The Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC) is the dedicated track of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge program that supports Chicago Booth Executive MBA students worldwide. Second-year students in the Chicago Booth Executive MBA program are eligible to apply to the GNVC and participate as one of their capstone course requirements. A benefit of the GNVC is the participation of our alumni and members of the business community in the coaching and judging portions of the competition. More than 80 coaches, judges, panelists, and guest speakers participate in the GNVC each year.

The program is structured to meet the unique schedule needs of Chicago Booth executive MBA students. Since Chicago Booth has three global campuses—Chicago, London and Hong Kong—each campus hosts its own semi-finals event. The top teams across all campuses are invited to participate in the global finals, which are held in Chicago during the Executive MBA graduation week.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag: #ChicagoNVC.

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