What can you do with an MBA and a concentration in entrepreneurship? The sky’s the limit.
At Booth, you’ll join an unparalleled entrepreneurial community of students, alumni, and faculty who are passionate about turning ideas into impact. You’ll network with venture capitalists and explore the risks and rewards of building a startup, including through a number of business accelerator programs offered through the University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. You’ll also have access to the Polsky Exchange, a 34,000 square foot startup incubator.
And you’ll gain real-world experience in creating new ventures, competing for funding—and maybe even changing the world.
Customize your MBA experience with courses that immerse you in a startup culture and teach you the tools you need to take your venture from idea to impact. Here are just a few of the many entrepreneurship-focused courses available at Booth.
|Lab to Launch||Lab-based innovations have contributed the most important advances to humanity, from energy that power our lives to medicine that cures disease. But limited effort is placed on commercializing these discoveries. In this class, you’ll work in teams to build a new business, using a lab technology that is sourced from a leading research lab.
|Women As CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Executives & Directors
||The goal of the course is to provide candid insight and purview into the personal and professional lives of leading women entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and private equity executives, what has helped catapult or has hampered their ability to lead organizations worldwide.|
|Building the New Venture
||Through class lectures, “game” assignments, and real-world cases, you will learn how to raise initial seed funding, establish initial brand values and positioning, leverage a strong niche position, determine appropriate sourcing and sales channels, and develop execution plans in sales, marketing, product development, and operations.|
|New Social Ventures
||In this course, groups of students will develop an idea for an innovative, startup social organization. They will conduct research to create a detailed plan for its creation and growth and pitch the plan to faculty, social entrepreneurs, domain experts, foundation officers, and philanthropists|
To see more Booth MBA courses, visit our course catalog.
EVC is one of Booth’s largest student groups, providing access to a wide network of people in the entrepreneurship and venture capital community. Resources include frequent lunch-and-learn speakers, venture capital and startup treks in San Francisco and New York City, and the annual SeedCon conference.
Through this group, Full-Time MBA students engage in discussions with industry experts, gain experience in sourcing and evaluating live investment targets, and join a robust community of entrepreneurial peers.
Designed for Evening and Weekend MBA students, this group connects members to the growing investor and entrepreneur community and provides education, resources, and networking opportunities.
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Booth MBA students who are interested in a career in entrepreneurship have access to the New Venture Challenge. Launched in 1996, the New Venture Challenge is recognized as one of the top-ranked accelerator programs in the nation. Companies that have been successfully launched through the NVC include Grubhub, Braintree/Venmo, and Simple Mills, among many others.