Come learn about the thriving entrepreneurship and innovative ecosystem at the University of Chicago!
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a resource for all UChicago faculty, staff, students, alumni, and local community entrepreneurs on the South Side of Chicago. This past year, the Polsky Center launched the Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC), which is the fifth track of the Polsky Center’s nationally-ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) program.
The ANVC is open to all University of Chicago alumni who are in the process of launching and developing their startup ventures. Alumni must apply to their local regional program, and accepted startups will get the chance to receive dedicated support and mentoring from the Polsky Center as well as seasoned alumni entrepreneurs and investors across the globe. Semifinals will be hosted in each local region and the ANVC global finals will be held in Chicago as part of UChicago Innovation Fest 2020. At the finals, alumni startups are competing for up to $100,000 in funding and prizes.
Learn about how to apply to the ANVC for the 2019-20 academic year and get a guided tour of the Polsky Exchange, a 34,000 square foot business incubator and startup hub on 53rd Street, which is located in the heart of the growing innovation district of Hyde Park. Take a tour of the wide array of resources that are currently available to alumni entrepreneurs and innovators who are members of the Polsky Center, including the state-of-the-art fabrication and prototyping lab, mentorship appointments with leading industry experts, the business incubator program, and more than 450 events and workshops per year to support entrepreneurs.
Guided tours and free breakfast will be provided. You can reach the Polsky Exchange by taking either the Polsky or 53rd Street University of Chicago shuttles.
Location: Polsky Exchange North (1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615)