April 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
The 2024 Build and Launch applications and info session are coming! We will hold a virtual info session on Thursday, February 29 from 5-6 CT. Applications will also open that day. We will record the session and if it is helpful here is a video 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.