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Polsky Global

Current Polsky Center resources that are available to our global audience include:

Global New Venture Challenge

The Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC) brings the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge business competition to Booth Executive MBA students worldwide. Over 80 coaches, judges, panelists, and speakers participate on our Chicago, London, and Hong Kong campuses.

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The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is the fifth track of the top-ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) program and is open to all University of Chicago alumni. In its inaugural run  in 2019, the ANVC held regional semifinals in the United States (Bay Area, Chicago, and New York), London, and Bangalore.

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Startup Summer provides stipends for incoming Booth students to intern at a Booth-led startup (at no cost of the startup). In 2018, 70 students interned with 50 startups in 10 countries.

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Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) provide students with access to seasoned practitioners in entrepreneurship and investing. They are available for one-on-one meetings by appointment, in addition to hosting workshops for students and the larger UChicago community. Due to the high demand, the Polsky Center will be hiring two new EIRs located in Europe and Asia. The goal of this expanded resource is to provide on-the-ground support for international EMBAs, alumni with an interest in entrepreneurship or investing, and those working on a startup idea. More information on how to connect with the EIRs will be made available in fall 2019. To learn more about the Polsky Center’s EIRs, IIRs, and Mentors based in Chicago, please visit our mentorship page.

For Executive MBA students that would like to meet with the Chicago-based EIRs, IIRs, and mentors, please reach out to your respective Career Management Coach to learn how to setup a virtual appointment.



  • Watch the Global Webinar here
  • Read the Q&A transcript here


This newsletter features news and updates from alumni entrepreneurs and startups across the globe, including interviews with entrepreneurs and investors and upcoming events.  Entrepreneurs and investors in various regions will be highlighted each month to share their successes, failures, and insights related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Alumni entrepreneurs that are currently fundraising for their startups will be featured in each issue to raise awareness and connect with potential investors.


Do you have exciting news about your entrepreneurial endeavors? Would you like to be featured in the Polsky Global Newsletter? Contact Cerise Miller, Associate Director of Global Engagement, to contribute.

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