The Polsky Center offers several hands-on learning opportunities aimed at helping students, researchers, faculty, and community members pursue their own entrepreneurial endeavors or careers in private equity, venture, capital, entrepreneurship through acquisition, or social entrepreneurship. Don't miss out on a wide variety of experiential learning-based programs, events, workshops, speakers, panels, conferences, challenges, and more. Additionally, to help facilitate team formation, the Polsky Center maintains a team-building gallery, and encourages those looking to participate in our programs to check it regularly for updates. Connect with us by filling out our Get Started with Polsky online form >>
Data & AI Accelerator
The LAUNCH ACCELERATOR allows students to spend their summer fundraising for their venture, selling, and gaining/maintaining momentum.
Compass Deep Tech Accelerator
Polsky's new 6-month accelerator for deep tech startups and early technologies.
THE PROTOTYPE FOR SUCCESS
The Prototype for Success program explores career paths at the intersection of business and emerging technologies.
Polsky Science Innovation Fellows Program
Students and post-docs evaluate high-potential technologies emerging out of University of Chicago research labs.
Business Development Fellows
Business Development (BD) Fellows act as business leads for selected deep tech ventures participating in the Polsky Center’s Compass Accelerator, a six-month program.
Supported with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and run by the Polsky Center, the I-Corps program is specifically designed for participants working on projects related to the STEM (s...
Science Commercialization Advisors
Science Commercialization Advisors provide the opportunity for industry experts and leaders to engage with UChicago researchers and ventures to help them determine their next step to commercialization...
The Collaboratorium unites UChicago students with researchers, technologists, and faculty who want to explore the commercialization opportunities and business applications of their work.
George Shultz Innovation Fund
The George Shultz Innovation Fund invests in proof-of-concept and early business development work for viable new startups created by faculty and students.
Innovation Fund Associates Program
Students and post-docs receive robust training and perform diligence on innovation projects.
Duality is the first accelerator program in the US exclusively focused on supporting innovative quantum startups