Build and Launch Summer Accelerators

Build and Launch Summer Accelerators

Polsky Build and Launch Accelerator



Key resources include:

$10,000 SAFE investment in the startup



Optional educational content on sales, marketing, fundraising and more.


Coaching and Mentorship

  • Access to dedicated coaches with expertise in fundraising, sales, and marketing
  • Office hours with VCs and other Chicago innovation partners


In-kind Resources

Over $100,000 in in-kind services and resources from:

  • Airtable – combines the flexibility of a spreadsheet with the power of database 
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) – compute power, database storage, content delivery, and other cloud resources
  • Bubble – build fully-functional data-driven web applications live in a fraction of the time necessary to code it from scratch 
  • Carta – a solution that helps companies and investors manage their cap tables, valuations, investments, and equity plans 
  • Clerky – a popular way for top-tier startups to get legal paperwork done safely, including discounted incorporation for Delaware C-Corps
  • HubSpot – solutions to help you grow better, whether you want to increase leads, accelerate sales, simplify your processes, or build a powerful website
  • Mintel – the world’s leading market intelligence agency, cover 38,000 product launches a month, asking thousands of people for their opinions each day, and tracking consumer spending across 34 countries
  • Mixpanel – with powerful, self-serve product analytics solutions, teams can easily analyze how and why people engage, convert, and retain to improve their user experience 
  • Polsky Center Mentorship Program – access to a variety of carefully curated entrepreneurs and experts from a wide range of industries 
  • Polsky Center Fab Lab –prototyping expertise and resources for entrepreneurs, particularly those who are creating a physical product, offering 3D printing on professional-grade printers
  • ShipBob – outsourced operations for ecommerce startups 
  • ZenBusiness – the easiest and most affordable way to form a new business entity (LLC, C Corp, S Corp) in all 50 states
  • ZenDesk – a service-first CRM company with support, sales, and customer engagement products designed to improve customer relationships 

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