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Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship Cohort Announced

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recently announced the newest cohort of the Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3). PF3 is a resource available to graduating University of Chicago students…
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Seven Rising Fashion Startups That Will Help You Dress Better (With a Tech Twist)

The fashion industry in Chicago, already smaller than its coastal counterparts, was hobbled further with the budget cuts to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) last year,…
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Phase II Teams Selected for the New Venture Challenge

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has officially announced the 30 teams moving on to the next phase of the…
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The Local Entrepreneur Creates an Everyday Alternative for the Guy-on-the-go.

WHO TO WATCH: RAMZI ASSAF The local entrepreneur creates an everyday alternative for the guy-on-the-go. AGE: 26. LIVES IN: The Loop. CLAIM TO FAME: CEO and founder of Portefini (,…
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Get Excited, Coffee Nerds — the French Press Can Be Improved

Chicago inventor Alexander Albanese says he's created a better version of French press coffeemakers—he calls it the American Press. Albanese came up with the idea as a graduate design student…
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UChicago-Founded Menswear Startup Has a Kickstarter Success on Day One

In less than 12 hours last week, a Chicago-based menswear fashion startup exceeded twice its funding goal of $15,000. The Kickstarter for Portefini’s first product, the Everyday Blazer, launched Nov.…

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