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…

Private Equity Conference Spotlights Industry Uncertainty

Speakers from throughout the industry recently gathered to discuss the challenges – and opportunities at the 22nd BPOC Private Equity Conference. When David Rubenstein JD ’73 appeared on stage, the…

Quantum Startup memQ Raises $2 Million Seed Round to Shape the Future of Quantum Networking

memQ, a Chicago-based quantum memory startup, announced today a $2 million seed funding round. Funding came from the lead investor Quantonation, Exposition Ventures, and the George Shultz Innovation Fund.…

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…

Rattan L. Khosa SeedCon 2023: Building for Resilience

The Polsky Center and Chicago Booth’s Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (EVC) Group co-hosted Rattan L. Khosa SeedCon 2023, Booth’s annual flagship entrepreneurship and venture capital conference, on January 27. This…

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…

2021-2022 Annual Report Highlights Polsky Center’s Successes and Progress

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation last year launched several new initiatives – expanding access to its entrepreneurial training and programming, and setting records across the board. The…

Newly Discovered Electrolyte Could Be The Answer To Lithium-Ion Storage Capacity, Stability

Researchers at the University of Chicago have discovered a novel ether solvent for lithium-ion batteries that allows for greater storage capacity, more stability, and the ability to operate at a…

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…

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…

Meet Abigail Prescott, the Polsky Center’s New Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce that Abigail Prescott has joined the executive leadership team as executive director of marketing and communications. She will…

Acclaimed Vintage Boutique Recycled Modern, a Polsky Alum, Expands With New Shop in Hyde Park’s Harper Court

  Recycled Modern, an alumnus of the Polsky Center’s Small Business Growth Program, is bringing its art, home décor, and lifestyle boutique to Hyde Park’s Harper Court, fulfilling its…

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