Clinical Trials Software Startup Takes First Place at 2024 Alumni New Venture Challenge Finals

Four startups received investment at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s 2024 Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) finals. The ANVC, which launched in 2019, is the alumni track…

20 Startups Accepted into Phase II of the 2024 Alumni New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the 20 startups accepted into the 2024 Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC), a global competition dedicated to supporting…

Phase II Teams Selected for the 17th Annual Global New Venture Challenge

  22 teams from across the world are advancing to Phase II of the Polsky Center’s 2024 Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC). The GNVC is the global track…

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…

Incorporation/Organization Day Helps Local Entrepreneurs Form Legal Business Entities

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recently hosted Incorporation/Organization Day, a first-of-its-kind event in Chicago that connected West and South Side entrepreneurs with attorneys from local law firms to…

Inaugural Deep Tech Ventures Showcase to Highlight 20 Startups, Keynote from Former Chicago Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is excited to announce the inaugural Deep Tech Ventures Showcase – which will feature 20 startups across quantum, data science, cleantech, and life…

Innovations in Energy Storage: Researchers and Technology at the University of Chicago

University of Chicago researchers are advancing innovations in every discipline – leading the development of cutting-edge technologies and conducting field-defining research for the betterment of humankind. For this feature,…

Autonomous Precision Machining Startup Takes First Place at 2023 ANVC

Four startups received investment at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s 2023 Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC). The ANVC, which launched in 2019, is the alumni track of…

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…

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…

#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…

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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