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Polsky On Demand – an online portal that provides access to some of Polsky’s world-class business and entrepreneurship educational workshops for free. Browse our digital library below for educational content around entrepreneurship essentials, small business workshops, entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA), and much more!


ETA Insider Podcast series features all things related to entrepreneurship through acquisition. Where Are They Now? delves into the entrepreneurial journeys of several startups to mark the 25th anniversary of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, a top-ranked startup accelerator at the University of Chicago.

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UChicago’s Transform Accelerator for Data Science and Emerging AI Startups Announces Inaugural Cohort

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Data Science Institute today announced the inaugural cohort of its new accelerator, Transform. Housed within the new Deep Tech…
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Small Business Spotlight: Egg Rolls Etc. Brings Comfort and Culture to the Frozen Food Aisle

It was a dare that brought Javon Nicholas, founder and president of Egg Rolls Etc.™, to Taiwan, and the kindness of her new community that inspired her to start…
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#SBDC Day Q&A: How Will the New Small Business Development Center at the Polsky Exchange Help Chicago’s South Side?

SBDC Day, held this year on March 15, is an annual celebration of the nation's 1,000 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), a network of federally-funded sites that provide no-cost, one-one-on…
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Polsky Center Namesake Michael Polsky Talks Entrepreneurship Journey in Recent Fireside Chat

Ukrainian-born serial entrepreneur and energy visionary Michael Polsky, MBA ’87 recently sat down with Jay Schrankler, associate vice president and head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, to…
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Forget the Exit. This Booth ETA Student Plans to Hold Onto his Newly Acquired Plumbing Company for the Long Haul.

For many students pursuing entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA), the primary goal is a quick exit. But Aizik Zimerman, who enrolled in Chicago Booth knowing he wanted to find a small…
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Top Tier Lessons, Tie for First Place at 2023 College New Venture Challenge Finals

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and The Grainger College of Engineering are pleased to announce the winners of the 11th Annual College New Venture Challenge (CNVC). This year’s…
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UChicago’s Polsky Exchange Expands Its Commitment to South Side Economic Growth with the Launch of a New Illinois Small Business Development Center

The Center will be the first dedicated to supporting professional services and technology entrepreneurs on the south side. The Polsky Exchange at the University of Chicago will soon launch a…
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Winter Collaboratorium to Connect Students, Scientists Showcasing a Range of Innovations

The winter Collaboratorium will connect innovators from UChicago Medicine, the Physical Sciences Division, and Argonne's Chain Reaction Innovations program with University of Chicago students. The Collaboratorium provides the opportunity for…
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Phase II Teams Selected for the 16th Annual Global New Venture Challenge

  From Chicago, Singapore, and London, 19 teams are advancing to Phase II of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s 2023 Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC). The…
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25 Teams Advance to Phase II of the 2023 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71 New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the 25 Phase II teams advancing in the 2023 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC), the…
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7 Startups Vie for Investment at the 2023 College New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and The University of Illinois’ Grainger College of Engineering are pleased to announce the seven finalists selected to compete in the College New…
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Small Business Spotlight: Urban Roots Builds Business While Building Up Their Community

Jimmie Williams, owner of social enterprise landscaping and snow removal firm Urban Roots, had his most successful year ever last year. He used that success to hire additional employees and…

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