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Creating a venture from the ground up requires more than just an idea and a little business know-how. Booth understands that entrepreneurship requires a robust community of other founders, advisors, and experts in a variety of adjacent practices. You can build your network organically as you progress through your MBA—gaining frameworks for problem solving as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to excel at all stages of entrepreneurial ventures from any perspective or role. When you pursue a Chicago Booth MBA as an entrepreneur, you get access to a plethora of resources and a network of invaluable support and mentors.

In the classroom, students find multitudes of value as they expand their business acumen through class discussions, lectures, labs, and case studies. Students cited Entrepreneurial Discovery as a cornerstone of understanding the fundamentals of business to effectively solve problems. The Private Equity Venture Capital Lab was also recognized as an essential building block not only for PE and VC expertise but also for finding mentors and internship opportunities.

A smiling Booth student talking during an interview.

One of the most important pieces has been the network and the reputation of the school. Reaching out to prominent entrepreneurs or VC alumni and getting my internship all came through the network. It's really opened up doors.

— Emma Lawler, '23

Building entrepreneurial success isn’t confined to the classroom, Booth offers a wealth of resources for entrepreneurs to make sure they receive a well-rounded education in every aspect of their MBA journey. The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Clubs for both Full-Time and Evening-Weekend students give access to founder-centered programming and create a platform to start building strong entrepreneurial networks. The Entrepreneurial Internship Program gives first-year students the chance to gain invaluable input and hands-on learning through mentorship and support as they grow their start-ups. Finally, many students cited the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as the hub for entrepreneurship at Booth, bringing together opportunities for learning, advising, mentorship, and real-world experiences.

The flexibility of a Booth MBA is unmatched for hard-working entrepreneurs. Between balancing the many roles of a founder, creating a reliable network, and building a flourishing business, all of the support and resources you need for success are at your fingertips as an entrepreneur with a Chicago Booth MBA.