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How to Turn a Niche Idea into a Thriving Start-Up

“I love tax.” It is not a phrase you often hear, but Maria Scott, a former tax lawyer, found she had a penchant for the subject while studying law at…
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Ascent’s Founder Wants to Help Finance Leaders Sleep Better at Night

For small businesses in highly scrutinized industries like financial services, keeping up with regulatory requirements can be a full-time job — and then some. Ascent, a Chicago-based regulatory technology company…
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U. of C.’s Polsky Center Plans Big Expansion into New 20-Story Hyde Park Complex

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is planning to more than double its footprint, adding space in a proposed 20-story office and laboratory complex designed to…
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Polsky Center Announces 2017 Summer Accelerator Cohort

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the latest cohort of the Polsky Accelerator, a 10-week intensive summer program designed for both for-profit and not-for-profit startups…
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In Era of Research Cuts, Romance Blossoming Much Earlier Between Universities and Big Pharma

Engineering new pharmaceuticals is risky, achingly slow and astronomically expensive. While the estimates of how much it costs to get a drug into patients' hands vary and are often disputed,…
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Innovation Fund Invests $500,000 in Microbiome Research and Energy Companies

The University of Chicago Innovation Fund announced plans to invest up to $500,000 into three companies—AVNovum, ClostraBio, and SwitchedSource—that are working in the health and energy fields, respectively. These latest…
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AMOpportunities Wins First Place in the 2017 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce the winners of the 21st annual Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC),…
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Americas Online Alternative Finance Market Grows to $35 Billion in 2016

CHICAGO (May 25, 2017) - The alternative finance market continued to grow across the United States (US), Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 2016 to a total…
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Chicago Booth Announces Winners of the 2017 Social New Venture Challenge

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is pleased to announce the winners of the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture…
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These Are the 11 Startups Competing in UChicago’s 2017 New Venture Challenge

A nail care startup, cloud infrastructure platform and non-invasive, self-administered HPV test are among the student ventures that will compete in the finals of the University of Chicago’s 2017 New…
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Meet the 11 finalists in the University of Chicago’s 21st New Venture Challenge

In the 21 years since its first iteration, the University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge has been a launching point for some…
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Finalists Named for the 2017 New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has officially announced the 11 teams moving on to the finals of the New…

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