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.
Through Polsky Center, South Side entrepreneurs find a place to grow
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Upcoming eventAug 20th, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Founders and Emotional Health
Entrepreneurs are most often brilliant and creative, yet may be some of the most internally troubled. They are significantly more predisposed to depression, suicide, substance abuse, anxiety/panic, and self-medication, then other groups, and often suffer in silence. This workshop will focus on the intersection of the entrepreneurial quest for success and mental health. We’ll discuss the reasons why this phenomenon is on the rapid rise, why the problem is largely shrouded in silence, and how it impacts founders, their investors, and startup performance. Finally, we will outline which behavioral signs founders and investors can watch for, and what they can do to prioritize mental wellness.