The Polsky Small Business Growth Program helps South and West side businesses grow and scale to the next level of success. With funding from JPMorgan Chase, and in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement, this program is part of the nationwide Ascend program, which partners with top universities and institutions to  provide business assistance and opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses in major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Through this program, teams of highly-skilled University of Chicago students provide hands-on consulting experience to these companies, helping them address key business challenges and determine new strategies for business growth. Teams are supervised under the direction of a senior-level executive and Chicago Booth faculty member, associate adjunct professor of marketing Craig Terrill, and local business leaders who serve as coaches. The Polsky Center works with outside partner organizations including Chartwells, Cleveland Avenue, Corporate Coalition of Chicago, Somercor, World Business Chicago, and LISC to find ways to provide additional opportunities, financing, coaching, and other wrap-around services for these consulting engagements.

 

Meet the Six Early-Stage Companies that are Part of Resurgence Cohort 1

In October, the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, announced the launch of Resurgence, a new cleantech…

Meet the Resurgence Cohort 1 Startups: Blaze Power

Team Members Sagar Pande – Cofounder and CEO Dr. Arun Kumar – Cofounder and CTO What does your company do? Blaze Power is championing the power of…

Meet the Resurgence Cohort 1 Startups: C+UP

Team Members Hamed Heidari, PhD – Founder and CEO. Prof. Mohammad Asadi – Cofounder and CTO What does your company do? C+UP's breakthrough carbon capture utilization technology…

Meet the Resurgence Cohort 1 Startups: Natural Science, LLC

Team Members Arden Warner – Cofounder and partner, scientist, and inventor of the technology John Nelson – Cofounder and partner, business development, logistic and operations Gary Cullen – Partner,…

Meet the Resurgence Cohort 1 Startups: ExPost Technology

Team Members Weikang Li – Chief Technology Officer Benson Lam – Chief Executive Officer Zheng Chen – President Shirley Meng – Chief Strategy Officer What does your…

Meet the Resurgence Cohort 1 Startups: Alpha Nur

Team Members Kevin O’Sullivan – Cofounder and CEO What does your company do? Alpha Nur is pioneering nuclear fuel recycling technologies to bolster American national security and clean energy…

Meet the Resurgence Cohort 1 Startups: Stranergy

Team Members Mei He - CEO and Founder Rui Deng - CFO and Cofounder Jianan Zheng - CIO and Cofounder Matthew Forquer - CTO and Cofounder What…

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