Polsky Center

The Polsky Center helps students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers, and local entrepreneurs navigate the complex process of creating and growing a startup. By leveraging the University’s distinctive strengths in research and a combined research budget of more than $1.5 billion from its three affiliates—Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab and the Marine Biological Laboratory—the Polsky Center paves the way for more ideas to have a meaningful impact on society.

The entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Chicago is extremely diverse and that is evident by the long list of student groups representing multiple areas of study, interests, and disciplines. Getting involved in one of the following student groups offers tremendous leadership opportunities outside the classroom for personal and professional growth.

Additionally, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Investors-in-Residence programs provide mentorship and coaching to University of Chicago students. Successful Chicago-based entrepreneurs are available to meet throughout the academic year, and have provided key insight and mentorship to dozens of companies. UChicago students are eligible for free Polsky membership. Members have access to a full suite of resources and activities offered at the Polsky Exchange, a 34,000 square foot startup hub featuring co-working space, a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab, and a full calendar of programming and workshops designed to help entrepreneurs translate their ideas and technologies into startups.

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