We assist emerging entrepreneurs – students and community members alike – to help them transform great ideas into marketable products, start-up companies, and potentially transformative new industries.
This city and this university have fostered generations of inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs, yielding new ideas that have changed the face of the world.
Today, we are building on our past successes through programs that extend the ideas of creative and talented people throughout our communities and that support collaborations to help them pursue innovative ideas.
By joining our educational excellence with high-impact services and expert mentorship, we are helping to incubate and accelerate important new ventures. We also offer community members affordable access to work spaces and technological support that will foster innovation, enable translation of innovative ideas into prototype products, and help them establish strong, sustainable new businesses.
From the Shark Tank to the food desert: Southside Market feeds a community
Jason Winik, a student at Harris School of Public Policy, along with Mabel Shiu, a Booth MBA student, Monica Meriweather, a UChicago Social Sector student, and Jahnvi Vaidya, a Booth MBA student, proposed a new enterprise named Southside Market. It’s a fresh produce market and café providing healthy food access and business ownership opportunities on the South side of Chicago.
Block Club Chicago: This old ‘L’ station is now a hub for South Side businesses thanks to a UChicago program
The University of Chicago's Arts+Public Life Program established a new initiative at the L1, giving entrepreneurs time to decide whether they want to branch out to their own brick-and-mortar shop or stick to e-commerce.
Golub Capital, Chicago Booth, and the Chicago Urban League launch social impact partnership to serve communities of color
Golub Capital, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the Chicago Urban League are launching a partnership that will play a foundational role at the new Golub Capital Social Impact Lab at Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.
Luis Morales, Jr.
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering Introduction to Molecular Engineering Course for City Colleges of Chicago Students
Morales had never even heard of molecular engineering before taking part in the course and says he found the concepts fascinating and their applications, such as creating vaccines or new sources of energy storage, admirable.