Chicago Booth alumni have the opportunity to maintain and build their relationships with the school and other alumni through the activities listed below.
Through the generosity of Susan Hapak, '89, an entrepreneur and member of the Chicago Booth faculty, the Polsky Center designed an intensive, two-day seminar, incorporating key practical topics as well as core material taught by top Chicago Booth entrepreneurship faculty. Past seminars have attracted more than 175 Chicago Booth alumni from around the world who were pursuing or considering entrepreneurial careers. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming alumni entrepreneurship events.
The Chicago Private Equity Network (CPEN) is an alumni organization focused on connecting and serving University of Chicago alumni working in private equity and venture capital. CPEN was initially launched by Chicago Booth graduates in 2004 and has grown to more than 300 members worldwide with chapters in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, London, and Asia. Members meet several times a year to network and discuss industry trends.
The Chicago Booth Global Entrepreneurship Network (CGEN) is a new platform to connect entrepreneurial students and alumni throughout the world. This growing organization helps members network, collaborate, mentor, and leverage resources and expertise with the goal of driving entrepreneurial activity in the international Chicago Booth community.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation collaborated with the Chicago Women's Alliance, an interdisciplinary affinity group for women 45 and older who are alumnae, faculty, administrators, or research associates of the University of Chicago, for a presentation on Entrepreneurship after 50 (PDF) by Ellen Rudnick, Polsky Center executive director and clinical professor of entrepreneurship.
Alumni who own fledgling and small businesses are encouraged to host a Chicago Booth student as a summer intern through the Entrepreneurial Internship Program. Host companies provide the intern with an entrepreneurial atmosphere and small salary.
One of our most significant resources is our group of accomplished alumni who have expertise in a wide range of industries and functions. In order to enrich the educational experience of University of Chicago students and help them advance in their entrepreneurial careers, we weave mentorship into each of our major programs, matching seasoned alumni with budding entrepreneurs. If you are interested in serving a mentorship role and contributing to the vibrant entrepreneurial community at the University, please contact Hannah Williams.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with Career Services, offers alumni the Entrepreneurial and Start-Up Resume Book, a tool to help Chicago Booth alumni identify potential candidates for job openings. The book is a searchable database of current students from all programs who have noted a specific interest in pursuing truly entrepreneurial or start-up career opportunities. Firms may also post jobs through the main Chicago Booth Global Talent Solutions (GTS) system.