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OrisDX Wins 2022 New Venture Challenge with Saliva Test to Diagnose Oral Cancers

UPDATE: The investment totals have been updated to reflect additional investment made in the days following the winner announcement. A startup developing saliva-based diagnostics to screen for oral cancers and…
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It’s High Season for New Venture Challenge Finals. Watch and Learn From the Startups Competing For Investment.

The end of spring quarter is high season for the New Venture Challenge, the Polsky Center’s flagship accelerator program. From mid-May through early June, four of the five tracks of…
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Meet the Teams Selected to Participate in the 2022 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the 30 teams selected to participate in Phase II of the 2022 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge…
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Built at UChicago, Explorer Surgical Joins Global Healthcare Exchange Portfolio to Accelerate Core Mission

Founded in 2015 by Booth School of Business alum, Jennifer Fried, MBA ’15, and former University of Chicago faculty member Dr. Alex Langerman, Explorer Surgical today announced that it has…
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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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