The UChicago Startup Investment Program is a new initiative where the University of Chicago co-invests alongside established venture funds in startups led by UChicago faculty, students, staff and alumni. The University has set aside $25 million from its endowment to invest in startups that are raising an early round of funding, known as a Series A.
The Office of Investments, which manages the University’s endowment, oversees the UChicago Startup Investment Program with support from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Only qualified startups will considered and the Polsky Center is responsible for conducting the first round of vetting. Please do not reach out to the Office of Investments directly; they will only meet with qualified startups referred by the Polsky Center. The Polsky Center team will only advance promising companies meeting the following requirements.