feature Polsky Center Launches Accelerator for Alumni-Led Startups After more than two decades, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge has launched an astonishing number of startups: more than 330, including some entrepreneurial superstars. Braintree now belongs to PayPal; Grubhub ranks as a household name in home food delivery; and Simple Mills counts the No. 1 bestselling natural baking mix, the No. 2 bestselling natural cracker, and the No. 2 bestselling natural cookie in its portfolio. Now it’s time for University of Chicago alumni founders to grab their share of the limelight and startup success. The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) marks the latest track to emerge from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. With its first round of winners just named, here’s a look at the new program, its roots, and its fruits. Stay tuned, as the winners of today promise to emerge as startup leaders tomorrow.