Programs & Events: Entrepreneurship

Programs & Events: Entrepreneurship

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 >>
Alumni Entrepreneurs Growth Forum

Alumni Entrepreneurs Growth Forum

Great things can happen when founders get together to learn and share their stories with each other.
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Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC)

Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC)

Polsky’s Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is open to all University of Chicago alumni across the globe looking to launch and grow their early-stage venture.
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Build and Launch Summer Accelerators

Build and Launch Summer Accelerators

The BUILD and LAUNCH Summer Accelerators give student teams the opportunity to work intensively and solely on their businesses and social enterprises in a collaborative and dynamic environment over th...
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Business Development Fellows

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.
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Collaboratorium

Collaboratorium

The Collaboratorium unites UChicago students with researchers, technologists, and faculty who want to explore the commercialization opportunities and business applications of their work.
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College New Venture Challenge (CNVC)

College New Venture Challenge (CNVC)

The College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) supports UChicago College students in launching scalable ventures.
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Compass Deep Tech Accelerator

Compass Deep Tech Accelerator

Polsky's new 6-month accelerator for deep tech startups and early technologies.
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Customer Discovery Bootcamp

Customer Discovery Bootcamp

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...
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E-Commerce Learning Lab

E-Commerce Learning Lab

In collaboration with 37 Oaks, E-Commerce Learning Lab is for businesses seeking to add or increase e-commerce capabilities as a strategy for growth.
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Entrepreneurial Internship Program

Entrepreneurial Internship Program

The Entrepreneurial Internship Program (EIP) gives full-time first year Chicago Booth students, as well as second year students continuing their coursework in the following fall, the opportunity to in...
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Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2)

Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2)

Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2) is designed to help you launch your startup successfully, with workshops ranging in everything from marketing strategy, sales, competitive analysis, financial modeling...
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George Shultz Innovation Fund

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.
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Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC)

Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC)

The Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC) gives second-year students in the Chicago Booth Executive MBA program the rare opportunity to work closely with alumni and members of the business community and...
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John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC)

John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC)

In partnership with the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth, the Polsky Center runs the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), which is committed to contin...
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Market Navigator

Market Navigator

The Market Navigator is a customer discovery and market insight program designed to help Business-to-Consumer (B2C) businesses that have achieved product-market fit and initial traction to better unde...
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New Venture Challenge

New Venture Challenge

The Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) is a top-ranked accelerator program in the nation and is run by the Polsky Center.
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Polsky Exchange Capital Series

Polsky Exchange Capital Series

This Polsky Exchange Capital Series features presentations by capital providers and information about how to access different forms of capital. The series will commence with presentations from traditi...
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Polsky Founders’ Circles

Polsky Founders’ Circles

A virtual place where alumni founders can connect with fellow founders and receive coaching from an expert.
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Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3)

Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3)

The Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3) is a resource available to graduating University of Chicago and Chicago Booth students and decelerating Chicago Booth students who are committed to growing a...
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Polsky Global

Polsky Global

The Polsky Center’s Global Expansion makes resources available across the world to foster connections that help more ideas have a meaningful impact on society
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Polsky I-Corps

Polsky I-Corps

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...
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Polsky Science Innovation Fellows Program

Polsky Science Innovation Fellows Program

Students and post-docs evaluate high-potential technologies emerging out of University of Chicago research labs.
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Rattan L. Khosa SeedCon

Rattan L. Khosa SeedCon

Bringing together successful entrepreneurs and seasoned venture capitalists to share ideas and advice, foster creativity, and ignite the entrepreneurial-spirit within.
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Rattan L. Khosa Student Entrepreneurs Program

Rattan L. Khosa Student Entrepreneurs Program

The Rattan L. Khosa Student Entrepreneurs Program is a multi-pronged program for students launching businesses, managed by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
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Science Commercialization Advisors

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...
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Small Business Financial Fundamentals

Small Business Financial Fundamentals

The Polsky Small Business Financial Fundamentals focuses on supporting small businesses owners and help gain better financial management knowledge and skills.
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Small Business Growth Program

Small Business Growth Program

The Polsky Small Business Growth Program focuses on supporting small businesses owners and helping them grow and scale their businesses to the next level of success.
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South Side Business Development Internship Program

South Side Business Development Internship Program

The South Side Business Development Internship Program creates an opportunity for College students at the University of Chicago to complete paid internships with Polsky Exchange community business mem...
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The Idea Lab

The Idea Lab

The Idea Lab is an eight-week program designed to help community members who have a business idea and want to proceed to move from idea to launch.
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The Prototype for Success

The Prototype for Success

The Prototype for Success program explores career paths at the intersection of business and emerging technologies.
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