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A Distinguished Entrepreneur: Roopa Gandhi, MBA ’96, Talks How Sacrifice, a Refusal to Fail (and Luck) Led to Success

It was for an assignment at Chicago Booth that Roopa Gandhi, MBA ’96, first visualized her career as an entrepreneur. Next year, the company will be celebrating 25 years. “Sometimes…
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Blackcurrant: An Online Marketplace for Alternative Fuel

A startup in the inaugural cohort of Transform, a data science and AI accelerator, Blackcurrant is looking to accelerate its aggressive growth strategy and capitalize on opportunities for federal funding.…
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A Gut Check for Post-Op Infection: Covira Offers a Pro-Bacteria Approach

Covira is a Chicago-based startup backed by three decades of field-defining research by John Alverdy, Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago. Alverdy, who…
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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, Quail.ai 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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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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24 Startups Accepted into the 2023 Alumni New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the 24 startups accepted into the 2023 Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC), a global competition dedicated to supporting…
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Transform Accelerator for Data Science & Emerging AI Startups Launches

New Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation program provides support to early-stage companies built on data science and AI technologies; applications are now extended to January 25th. The University of…
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UChicago Launches Polsky Deep Tech Ventures to Support Startups Bringing Science, Tech to Market

The $20M initiative will include a new venture fund and a series of sector-specific accelerators to provide startups with technical and market expertise.   The Polsky Center is…
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Q&A With Steve Kaplan, Co-author of New Academic Book on Private Equity

Private equity has become an increasingly popular investment vehicle as it outperforms other asset classes and access expands to the broader investing public. What’s been missing, said Steve Kaplan, one…
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11th Annual College New Venture Challenge Announces Competing Undergraduate Teams

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with University of Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering is pleased to announce the 16 teams selected for the 11th annual College…

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