The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through a broad range of activities, including academics, research, conferences, competitions, and global and community outreach. The Polsky Center is the foremost resource for University of Chicago students and alumni as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and private equity careers.
Chicago Booth began offering entrepreneurship courses in the 1970s. By 1998, with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the school had established the entrepreneurship center. In 2002, Michael Polsky, '87, founder, president, and CEO of Invenergy LLC, endowed and named the center so that it could continue to grow. He credits Chicago Booth with giving him the "complete package as an entrepreneur." In 2012, Polsky doubled his original endowment, allowing the Polsky Center to serve as a venture creation engine for the entire University.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is run by a team of professionals committed to promoting and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit, as well as an entrepreneurial advisory board, made up of some of the country's leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and private equity investors. The Center depends on gifts and support to produce its programs and events. Through sponsorship of conferences, competitions, student internships, and other center activities, you can help advance entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation aims to: