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Polsky Center Press Releases and Event News

There’s always something of interest going on - whether it’s new insights revealed by faculty research, student wins at major competitions, the launch of a new business, or an exciting speaker at a conference.  

2013

New innovation hub uses discovery to fuel Chicago startups 

The University of Chicago announced Friday that it has created a new center to help scholars and entrepreneurs translate their ideas and new technologies into startup businesses and products. The Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), which will open in late 2014 in the 53rd Street commercial district in Hyde Park, will provide space for proof-of-concept work, business incubation, collaboration opportunities, and programming for new ventures by UChicago faculty and students, as well as entrepreneurs from outside the University. It also will cultivate partnerships to connect emerging entrepreneurs with Chicago's broader innovation ecosystem and drive the creation of new businesses, jobs, and economic activity in the city and surrounding region. Read More >

Braintree Among Several Chicago Booth-Tied Businesses Snapped Up Over Past Year

It has been a big year for startups with ties to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Ten student businesses built and developed with guidance and resources from Chicago Booth's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation have been involved in mergers and acquisitions this year, the most recent of which was last week's $800 million acquisition of Braintree by PayPal. Read More >

Chicago Booth Announces 2013 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge Winners

matchist Takes Top Prize at 17th Annual Business Competition; Winners Receive Over $200,000 in Cash Prizes and Business Services. Read the press release >

Immigration & Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with US Citizenship and Immigration Services

The linkage between entrepreneurship and immigration has been proven by numerous studies as the linkage between entrepreneurship and economic development. Why then can't we make it easier for entrepreneurial immigrants to stay in the United States? Four panelists from the Chicago entrepreneurial community joined Alejandro Mayorkas, director of USCIS, for a conversation and Q&A to discuss ideas to enhance current policies and programs. Watch the video >

2012

Noted Energy Pioneer Increases Gift to Chicago Booth to $15 Million

Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship to expand its venture creation efforts across the University of Chicago campus. Read More >

Chicago Booth Launches Global Program for Entrepreneurs in China

Aspiring Alumni Attend Workshop for Turning Ideas into Reality Read more >

A powerful product for people in the dark

Social New Venture Challenge judges find solar lanterns could have big impact Read more >

A Niche Business That Doesn't Require Millions

How online animal research start-up MouseHouse won the New Venture Challenge Read more >

Chicago Booth Awards $55,000 To Social New Venture Challenge Teams

LuminAID Lab Takes Top Prize at Second Annual Social Venture Competition Read more >

Chicago Booth Announces 2012 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge Winners

Mouse House Takes Top Prize at 16th Annual Business Competition; Winners Receive $225,000 in Cash Prizes and Business Services Read more >

New generation of entrepreneurs flourishing in Chicago

Technology-based start-ups are doing a subtle but swift takeover of the Chicago entrepreneurial scene. Read more >

Booth Names 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Michael Pape, '06 (XP-75), wins the entrepreneurial award Read more>

Drink Different Wins 2012 Global New Venture Challenge

Executive MBA team impresses judges with pitch for alcoholic cider Read more >

The Role of Due Diligence in Private Equity

As stakes get higher, PE firms seek outside help to assess deals Read more >

What Matters for Entrepreneurship in India

Kul Razdan, '78, shares insights from a career that spans continents Read more >

Booth faculty, alumni among 100 "most powerful" Chicagoans

Chicago magazine highlights city's game changers Read more>

2011

SeedCon Conference sparks start-up fire

Booth students pitch ideas to business community Read more >

"You can't outsource entrepreneurship"

Panelists at Chicago Conversations event discuss London’s start-up scene Read more >

Social New Venture Challenge Unites Business and Goodwill

Students across university develop socially conscious business plans Read more>

Taking Over Internet Marketing

Jon Morris, ’05, turns New Venture Challenge idea into growing company Read more>

Firms Started by Chicago Booth Students Received $85 Million in Funding This Year

Eleven companies started by students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business received more than $85 million in venture capital funding during the past year Read more >

Chicago Booth Announces 2011 New Venture Challenge Winners

Agile Diagnosis took home the top honors at the 15th annual Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge Read more > (PDF)

Playence Wins 2011 Global New Venture Challenge

Multimedia search and annotation services shows "enormous potential" Read more >

Clean Tech Faces Barriers to Growth

Keynote by energy industry investor at the 4th Annual Midwest Energy Forum examines gap between key drivers and public policy Read more >

Creating Value in Groupon Cofounders' Entrepreneurship Class

Booth students use midterm project to benefit charity Read more >

Private Equity Facing Not Enough Money to Go Around

The next few years will reshape the industry, says Philip Canfield, '96, at the 10th Annual Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company Private Equity Conference Read more >

Booth Teams Take Top Two Places in Chicago Tribune Media Group Digital Media

Students develop ideas for new businesses that can generate revenue for traditional media Read more >

2010

Teaching the Secrets of Successful Serial Entrepreneurship

Groupon cofounders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell head to the classroom in January Read more >

Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review Rank the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Second in Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business was recognized as having one of the top 50 entrepreneurship programs in the country. The University of Chicago ranked second in the graduate category of the survey Read more > (PDF)

Three Chicago Booth Businesses Named to Inc. Magazine's List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies - Inc. 500

Chicago Booth entrepreneurs contributing to economic growth Read more > (PDF)

Chicago Booth Announces 2010 New Venture Challenge Winners

Watermelon Express wins top prize at the 14th annual business plan competition Read more > (PDF)

Chicago Booth Students Won Scholarship to Attend TiECON 2010

Second-year Full-Time student Laura Shapland and Michael Cieri, '10, earned scholarships to attend the world's largest entrepreneurship conference Read more > (PDF)

Third Annual Chicago Biomedical Consortium Business Plan Competition

A Chicago Booth team won the top prize Read more > (PDF)

2009

3rd Annual Midwest Alternative Energy Venture Forum (MAEVF)

Matt Rogers, USDOE, headlined the event, which coincided with Global Entrepreneurship Week Read more >

Kellogg Education Innovation Case Competition

Chicago Booth students present winning idea for education entrepreneur Read more >

Hapak Alumni Entrepreneurship Seminar

Chicago Booth pursuing entrepreneurial careers alumni came back to school for this second annual intensive workshop Read more >

Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC)

Bump Technologies and Nine Naturals share top prize at the 13th annual NVC business plan competition Read more >

Management Conference - Optimizing Entrepreneurial Success

A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs discussed their successes and failures Read more >  

From Farm to Fork Food Conference

Chicago-area food industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators came together to discuss future industry growth in the region Read more >

Two Chicago Booth Student Businesses Place at Rice

CaptainU and In Context Solutions finished in the top 12 at the prestigious competition Read more >

Global New Venture Challenge Finals

Four semi-finalists from the London and Singapore campuses competed in Chicago Read more >

Seventh Annual Private Equity Conference

PE leaders Raymond Svider, '97, and Steve Kagan, '97, spoke about the future of the industry Read more >

Fourth Annual Venture Capital Investment Competition

"Bluth Venture Partners" won school-wide competition, which had record number of applications Read more >

2008 

Entrepreneurship Over 50

Ellen Rudnick, Polsky Center executive director and clinical professor of entrepreneurship led a talk on second careers in entrepreneurship Read more >

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Chicago Booth faculty headlined entrepreneurial event on the London campus Read more

Midwest Alternative Energy Venture Forum (MAEVF)

This second annual event continued to shine the light on clean technologies Read more >
Read also about the inaugural Clean Tech Forum >

10th Annual Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference

Keynote speakers inspire with start-up growth stories at the day-long conference Read more >

Entrepreneurial Immersion Trip to India

The Polsky Center leads faculty and alumni on an immersion trip to India Read more >

Hapak Alumni Entrepreneurship Seminar

The Polsky Center brought aspiring alumni entrepreneurs back to school Read more >  

Edward L. Kaplan, '71 New Venture Challange (NVC)

CaptainU, LLC and CureParticle tie to win 12th annual business plan competition Read more >

Seventh Annual Private Equity Conference

Keynote speaker William Conway, Jr. '74, founding partner of The Carlyle Group, talks about private equity today Read more >  

Fourth Annual Venture Capital Investment Competition

Skyline Ventures wins "rigorous" competition, placing first out of six participating GSB teams Read more >

2007

Ninth Annual Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Competition 

Read coverage of conference panels and speakers Read more >  

Midwest Alternative Energy Venture Forum

Researchers, venture capitalists, consultants, and early stage companies in the clean technology sector gathered for this first annual conference Read more >

Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge (NVC)

Braintree Payment Solutions takes home top prize at 11th annual business plan competition Read more >

Sixth Annual Private Equity Conference

Students, faculty, and alumni industry leaders explore topics within the private equity industry Read more >  

Third Annual Venture Capital Investment Competition

Winning team's nose for details leads to win in venture capital competition Read more >

2006

GSB Entrepreneurial Roundtable

Professor Damon Phillips talks about how starting small can be an advantage, September 18, 2006 Read more >

Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Creates Business Game to Simulate Real Life

Entrepreneur magazine highlights Professor Deutsch's game simulating real-life businesses Read more >

Steven N. Kaplan, Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, to Lead Kauffman Fellows Program

Professor Kaplan elected head of national program for fellowships in venture capital Read more >

Management Conference 2006: Entrepreneurship Panel

Professor James Schrager moderates three entrepreneurs who offer insight into making the move into a start-up company. Read more >

Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge (NVC)

Four teams emerge on top in 10th annual business plan competition Read more >

GSB Team Wins 2006 Jungle Business Plan Challenge

SunPhocus Technologies takes the prize while three other GSB teams make the semi-finals Read more >

Key to Retail Success? Customer Contact

Young entrepreneurs share their secrets with the GSB’s Retail Group Read more >

Venture Capitalist Plays Air Guitar, Offers Advice

Tim Draper of DJF encourages students to be passionate about change Read more >

Fifth Annual Private Equity Conference

Attendees told to look for “combination that is a dream date for that company” Read more >

Second Annual Venture Capital Investment Competition

Team will advance to regional VCIC in Colorado Read more >

Inaugural Alumni Entrepreneurs Conference

Speakers address "Building a Workplace for Growth" Read more >

Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship Awards Prizes to Two PhD Students

GSB scholars provide leading research in new field of study Read more >

Students Learn from Real World Entrepreneurs

For one business owner, entrepreneurship is "in the bag" Read more >

2005  

Seventh Annual Entrepreneurial Edge Conference

Read coverage of panels and speakers Read more >

New Chicago GSB Student Group Sets High Goals with Social Entrepreneur

Plenty of Room to Read in former Microsoft exec John Wood’s world Read more >