April 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
Join us virtually for our upcoming 2023 Accelerator Info Session on Thursday, March 2nd at 5 p.m. cdt. In the meantime feel free to view the recording of last year’s info session.
Both accelerators accept teams to participate through a competitive selection process. All applications will be reviewed by committee with consideration given to stage of business, strength of the team and business idea, potential for growth during the summer, and current and past affiliation with the University of Chicago and its entrepreneurship programs. These teams receive funding, coaching from Polsky Center staff, mentorship from alumni entrepreneurs and Chicago-area investors, and weekly programming designed to help them overcome many of the hurdles to launching a business. By talking with consumers, investors, and mentors, building prototypes, and continually refining their business models, these start-ups make notable progress over the course of the program and in many cases move from business plan to launch.