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Stellatus Solutions, a Startup Born at UChicago and Nurtured By Polsky, Acquired by Slingshot Aerospace to Help Prevent Satellite Collisions in Space

Last fall, a team of University of Chicago students was tasked with addressing a challenge one might hope already had a solution: How to improve communication between satellite operators to…
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NVC Investment Pool Swells to $1.73 Million After Additional Funding Rolls In; First-Place Winner Andes STR Gets $681,000

The record investment pool in the 25th annual Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) jumped to $1.73 million this week after investors put additional money into the finalist…
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Record $1.6 Million Awarded in the 25th Anniversary Finals of Chicago Booth’s New Venture Challenge; First-Place Winner Andes STR Lands More Than $660,000

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University if Chicago has announced a record-breaking investment of $1.6 million in the winners of the 2021 Edward L. Kaplan,…
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Compass Teams Gain ‘Clarity of Focus,’ Investor-Ready Pitches, and a ‘Deep Network of Experts’

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s recently-launched Compass accelerator program has concluded its second cohort, which featured four teams working on developing deep tech with applications in various industries.…
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12 Startups to Compete for At Least $1 Million in the 25th Anniversary Finals of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the 12 teams selected to compete in the finals of the 25th annual Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New…
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Rosita Longevity wins Alumni New Venture Challenge and $50,000 to Grow Healthy Lifestyle App for Seniors

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC), a program dedicated to supporting University of Chicago alumni…
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NVC@25 Fireside Chat: LemonBox Cofounder Derek Weng

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Edward L. Kaplan ’71 New Venture Challenge, a top-ranked accelerator at the University of Chicago, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is…
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Polsky Center Launches Podcast to Mark 25 Years of The New Venture Challenge: “It’s Really Magical.”

Startups weren’t so sexy 25 years ago. It was pre-Google, pre-dot-com bubble, pre-unicorn. The University of Chicago’s business school, renowned for finance, didn’t offer an entrepreneurship concentration. Steven Kaplan, a…
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NVC@25 Fireside Chat: Ben & Frank Cofounder Mariana Castillo

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Edward L. Kaplan ’71 New Venture Challenge, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is hosting a series of fireside chats with alums…
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NVC Alum Lighten Helps Mourners Plan Virtual Funerals. How Will It Pivot Post-Pandemic?

When Alexandra Koys’ uncle died, about four years ago, she took charge of the funeral planning to relieve her grief-stricken mother of the burden. She didn’t like her options:…
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NVC Alum Foxtrot Closes $42 Million Series B Round with $200,000 Investment from UChicago

Foxtrot Market this week announced that it has closed a $42 million Series B round, which included a $200,000 investment from the University of Chicago. The latest investment follows a…
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31 Teams Selected to Advance to Phase II for the 2021 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has announced the 31 teams advancing to Phase II of the 2021 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge…

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