Entrepreneurship Essentials

Entrepreneurship Essentials

Campus Resources

The Arts|Science Initiative cultivates collaboration, active exchange, and sustained dialogue among those pursuing artistic and scientific inquiry within the University and beyond. Learn more

Chicago Innovation Mentors supports university-based and local new technology ventures through the use of mentor teams. Learn more

D4Lab at the University of Chicago combines entrepreneurship education with human-centered design. Learn more

Executives in Residence program at UChicagoTech brings technology entrepreneurs and executives to the University. Learn more

The Paulson Institute offers entrepreneurial exchanges between China and the United States and business leadership training in China. Learn more

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation supports entrepreneurial learning and collaboration through a leading-edge curriculum and experiential opportunities. Learn more

The Polsky Innovation Exchange is the University of Chicago’s new hub for multidisciplinary collaborations and support for business start-up activities by University faculty, students and area entrepreneurs. Learn more

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts advances arts practice, inquiry, and presentation at the University of Chicago, and fosters meaningful collaboration and cultural engagement. Learn more

UChicago Tech: Center for Technology Development and Ventures develops the commercial potential of UChicago research. Learn more

Career Advancement

Taking the Next Step is an annual event that brings hundreds of our engaged alumni back to campus to share advice with College students. Learn more

Centers and Institutes

Center on Policy Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is a new initiative that will train future policy leaders. Learn more

Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at UChicago’s Law School provides free legal assistance, access to resources, and advocacy for entrepreneurs in the Chicago area. Learn more

Institute for Molecular Engineering an Argonne-UChicago collaboration, explores innovative technologies in nanoscale manipulation and design at a molecular scale. Learn more

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society supports collaborative research projects that transcend any single individual, discipline, or methodology. Learn more

UChicago Impact provides empirically based tools and supporting services to create reliably excellent schooling, partnering with school systems to gather evidence, supply expert analysis, and build capacity. Learn more

Funding and Investment

Hyde Park Angels is the Midwest’s largest angel organization, providing a forum for entrepreneurial-minded members to invest in early-stage businesses. Learn more

Polsky Center Accelerator Program provides UChicago student enterprises funding, office space, coaching, and weekly programming. Learn more

Strategic Collaborative Initiatives program provides seed grants for joint UChicago, Argonne, and Fermilab projects. Learn more

Incubators and Workspaces

1871 is part of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, and is a 50,000-square-foot incubator in downtown Chicago that provides affordable workspace and access to mentors and investors for digital start-ups. Learn more

The Chicago Innovation Exchange is a newly-formed hub for multidisciplinary collaborations and business start-up activities at the University of Chicago. Learn more

University Technology Park at IIT offers laboratory and office space for lease. The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory are academic affiliates and hold office space there. Learn more

The Washington Park Arts Incubator is a space for artist residencies, arts education, community-based arts projects, as well as exhibitions, performances, and talks. Learn more

Innovation Competitions

New Venture Challenge helps students turn entrepreneurial ideas into viable businesses. It has helped launch more than 85 companies, creating 1,300+ jobs. Learn more

College New Venture Challenge is the undergraduate-focused competition track of the New Venture Challenge, in which winning College teams receive $10,000. Learn more

Global New Venture Challenge extends the NVC to executive MBA students from Chicago Booth’s London, Singapore, and Chicago campuses, and to alumni from around the world. Learn more

Social New Venture Challenge helps students launch for-profit and nonprofit ventures that have a social impact mission. Learn more

UChicago Mobile App Challenge cultivates app ideas from across the University and grants $10,000 to winning mobile applications. Learn more

Student Engagement

Blue Chips Investment Club Student Group provides members with a forum for gaining finance, investing, and business experience and knowledge. Learn more

Community and Economic Development Organization sponsors activities that promote community awareness, foster sustainability, and improves the quality of life in underserved neighborhoods. Learn more

Eckhart Consulting Student Group works with industry professionals to provide pro bono consulting services. Learn more

Edge Student Group focuses on providing UChicago students with resources and a community to help them build skills, companies, and relationships. Learn more

Hack@UChicago is a student group of computer science enthusiasts engaging the Chicagoland technology community. Learn more