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Polsky Center Newsletter Archive

Catch up on back issues of the Polsky Center's newsletter:

April 2014
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March 2014
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January 2014
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December 2013
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November 2013
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October 2013
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September 2013
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July 2013
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March 2013
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January 2013
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Summer 2012
This issue features winners of the 2012 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge and Social New Venture Challenge, as well as the launch of the Polsky Center Accelerator Program, private equity news, and alumni updates.
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Summer 2011
This special edition of the NVN focused on the Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge, and the many successes of the program over its 15-year history. In addition, the issue covered social entrepreneurship and impact investing, as well as provided updates on students and entrepreneurial alumni.
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Spring 2011
This issue focused on the 4th Annual Midwest Energy Forum which brought together more than 250 entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, and business leaders met to discuss the Midwest's role as a center for clean energy innovation. The issue also recapped the recent Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company Private Equity Conference, shared alumni updates, and more. 
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Winter 2011
Read about Chicago's role as an entreprneurial hub in the Midwest, including challenges and opportunities as the ecosystem grows. Additionally, read about winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, New Venture Challenge, and other programs.
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Summer 2010
Winners of the 2010 New Venture Challenge, Watermelon Express, are featured in this issue. Several entrepreneurial alumni and their companies are also highlighted. 
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Spring 2010
This issue features highlights from the latest installment of the Polsky Center's Exploring Entrepreneurship Series, which focused on opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurial ventures, and growth in the Midwest education industry. It also spotlighted a Chicago Booth team which made it to the finals of the International Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) at UNC–Chapel Hill; articles and updates on student and alumni entrepreneurial successes.
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Fall 2009
This issue includes articles and links to video presentations that took place at Polsky Center events during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The issue also features articles and updates on student and alumni entrepreneurship successes, our new mentorship program, innovation workshop series, and more.
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Spring/Summer 2009
This issue features the record-setting 2009 New Venture Challenge business plan competition, which celebrated two winners: Bump Technologies and Nine Naturals; articles and updates on student and alumni entrepreneurial successes, including a new angel venture group in Mexico, and a new alumni entrepreneurial club in San Francisco.
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Winter 2009
This issue features the Entrepreneurial Immersion trip to India, and stories on the second annual Midwest Alternative Energy Venture Forum (MAEVF), the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference (EVC), and Global Entrepreneurship Week events. Included also are entrepreneurial profiles on Ben Fanger, MBA, '05, JD '05 and Kristina Burow, '04.
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Fall 2008
This issue highlights the very first alumni entrepreneurship seminar which brought more than 100 alumni back to Chicago. Also included are stories about the Collegiate Scholars Program, the growth of the ARCH incubator, as well as profiles of our entrepreneurial summer interns, global alumni entrepreneur Dhiraj Rajaram, '03, founder of Mu Sigma, and new entrepreneurship faculty Travis Bradford and Craig Wortmann.
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Spring/Summer 2008
This issue highlights the winners of the 2008 New Venture Challenge (NVC) and other students successes at intercollegiate business plan competitions. The issue also features stories on the upcoming Entrepreneurial Immersion trip to India, the launch of start-up Tula Foods by alumna Daphne Mazarakis, '99, and the new social entrepreneurship lab course.
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Winter 2008
This issue highlights the successful Midwest Alternative Energy Venture Forum (MAEVF) and the global growth of the New Venture Challenge (NVC). The issue also features Chicago Booth student Jason Brown, '09, who sold his company iTOK; former NVC winner, alumna Linda Zabors, '02; and includes a Q&A on angel funding with visiting professor Ira Weiss, MBA '99, PhD '01.  Recaps from the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference (EVC) and Venture Capital and Investment Competition (VCIC) are also included.
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Fall 2007
This issue highlights the 2007 New Venture Challenge's record prize money; the Polsky Center's recent global immersion trip to China; the growth of Raceline Motorworks, which began as a business idea from the 2002 NVC; Kuffman fellows Koichiro Nakamura '07 and Robert Rueckert '01; and more.
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Spring 2007
This issue highlights the Polsky Center's Global Initiative and its first component, Entrepreneurial Immersion: China 2007;  Alumnus Chad Meyer, '01 discusses his business BridgePortfolio; various students win in national and international competitions; Ellen A. Rudnick, '73, points out how to create successful partnerships in entrepreneurial ventures; and more.
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Fall/Winter 2006-07
This issue includes highlights from a new study outlining certain entrepreneurial practices that help companies overcome their growth plateaus; the summer Entrepreneurial Internship Program; Professor Linda Darragh's answers to FAQs about financing a business; the entrepreneurial journey of alumnus Rattan L. Khosa, '79; the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference; the Alumni Entrepreneurship Conference; the Collegiate Scholars Program; Breakfast with Mark Koulogeorge of MK Capital; and more.
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Spring/Summer 2006
This issue includes articles about NVC winners and award monies from Edward L. Kaplan, ’70, and the state of Illinois’ DCEO; student wins trip to TiEcon 2006; students plan Private Equity Conference; students win Jungle Business Plan competition; Vijay Vashee, ’77, creates award; students write white paper about Chicago futures trading industry;  successful alumni businesses; 2006 commencement ceremony speaker Mary Tolan, ’92, encourages entrepreneurs; faculty accomplishments of professors Darragh, Deutsch, Hurst, Kaplan, Meadow, and Schrager; VCIC student winners.
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Fall 2005
This issue includes articles about the tenth anniversary of the New Venture Challenge; successful alumni businesses; students talk about their summer internships; faculty accomplishments of professors Deutsch, Gregory, Kaplan, Lowitz, Meadow, and Rudnick; interview with Julie Kunstler, ’80; and the Herman Family Fellowship reunion.
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Spring 2005
This issue includes articles about donors David Beecken, ’70; Kathryn Gould, ’78; and William A. Miller, ’67; Business Week’s list of favorite entrepreneurial professors; alumni Phil Clement, ’93; Laura Pearl, ’88; and Stefania Aulicino, ’79; and the Polsky Center sponsors Springboard.
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Winter 2005
This issue includes articles about VCIC team wins regional competition; student Goel’s company PrepMe; accomplishments of professors Deutsch, Ball, Birge, Calvin, Cochrane, Gertner, and Guiso; interview with Pratik Shah, ’99; Sir Harold Evans speaks about innovation; Capper wins first place at KACE; first internship program reunion.
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Fall 2004
This issue includes articles about Don Hamer, ’58, endows the Small Business Initiative; internship students Baker, McConville, and Schopin tell about their summers; faculty accomplishments of professors Birge, Deutsch, Hurst, Kaplan, Meadow, and Zangwill; interview with Legacy.com entrepreneurs; and CPEN alumni organization established.
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Spring 2004
This issue includes an interview with Bobtail Soda Fountain entrepreneurs and articles about thriving NVC companies; second place at VCIC; and Professor Deutsch wins award at USASBE.
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Fall 2003
This issue includes articles about the eighth New Venture Challenge; faculty accomplishments of professors Deutsch, Kaplan, Meadow, Phillips, and Rudnick; fellowship donors Hermans and Neubauers; a first place win at KACE; and outreach to Chicago venture capital community.
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Fall 2002
This issue includes articles about Michael P. Polsky’s, ’87, gift to name entrepreneurship center; faculty accomplishments of professors Goolsbee and Meadow; faculty research grants; first annual Private Equity Conference; Biotech Symposium; and a listing of Neubauer and Herman scholars.
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Winter 2002
This issue includes articles about the Entrepreneurial Edge Conference; faculty accomplishments of professors Deutsch and Zingales; student Raymond Wolson’s internship; and leadership roles for entrepreneurial students.
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Fall 2000
This issue includes articles about funding for Chicago Booth alumni businesses; Kauffman Internship Program; Private Equity Lab; New Venture Challenge; and getting involved.
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Winter 2000
This issue includes articles about keeping the entrepreneurial edge; financing your venture; the New York LBO trip; a second-year student’s perspective; graduates who found jobs in venture capital.
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Fall 1998
This issue includes articles about entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth; ARCH Development Corporation; the Kauffman Foundation’s $1 million award to Chicago Booth; and careers in private equity.
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Summer 1998
This issue includes articles about plans for an entrepreneurship center; Edward L. Kaplan, ’70, gift to New Venture Challenge; private equity alumni visit campus.
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