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THE PROTOTYPE FOR SUCCESS

THE PROTOTYPE FOR SUCCESS

LAUNCH YOUR CAREER IN STEM ENTREPRENEURSHIP

New innovations—spanning fields as diverse as agriculture, biotechnology, engineering, green energy, and healthcare —have the potential to transform human society and the global economy. These emerging technologies present unprecedented possibilities for scientific discovery, commercial ventures, and social impact.

The Prototype for Success prepares students to get involved in this process and explore the many exciting career paths at the intersection of business and emerging technologies, including engineering, product design, and research and development.

The Prototype for Success is a three-year, selective program for students who are passionate about science, technology, and entrepreneurship, empowering students to drive new innovations based on cutting-edge scientific and engineering discoveries.

All members of the Class of 2025 are eligible to apply for the Prototype for Success. Students with an interest in engineering and those from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR CAREERS OF THE FUTURE

The Prototype for Success offers an immersive curriculum that includes funded internships and research experiences, technical skill trainings, and workshops on technology commercialization and launching a new venture.

The program provides three years of career preparation programming. Throughout the process, participants receive mentoring from employers, successful entrepreneurs, and experts in Career Advancement, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering.

SAMPLE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE

  • Intellectual Property Primer
  • “Mastering the Fundamentals” Workshop Series
  • Fab Lab 101
  • Funded Summer Research Experience

SAMPLE SECOND-YEAR EXPERIENCE

  • Design and Innovation Immersion
    • Design Thinking Bootcamp
    • Developing Your Customer Base Workshop
    • Creating a Business Model and Sizing a Market Simulation
  • R Workshop
  • Innovation Insights Speaker Series
  • Public Speaking Training
  • Funded Summer Internship

SAMPLE THIRD-YEAR EXPERIENCE

  • “From Idea to Prototype” Seminar
  • Innovation Case Study and Micro-Internship Projects
  • Engineering Recruiting Forum and Competition
  • Innovation Insights Speaker Series
  • Capstone Project and “Demo Day”

APPLICATION

Applications for the class of 2026 will open this summer.

QUESTIONS?

For more information about the Prototype for Success, please contact Program Director of Engineering, Matt Hebron at matthebron@uchicago.edu.

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