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.
Opening Doors: During a pandemic pause, Polsky Fab Lab and Brazier Foundation introduce community entrepreneurs to opportunities across Chicago
When the pandemic shut down a Woodlawn industrial robotics training program, the partnership between the Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Foundation and the University enabled trainees to keep learning.
Changemakers gather for social impact
The 2022 On Board Chicago conference hosted by the Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation discusses how nonprofits and foundations scale innovative solutions in Chicago, how you can succeed as part of a nonprofit board, and what the best strategies to approach diversity and inclusion are.
Small Business Spotlight: With Taylor’s Tacos, West Coast street food finds West Side community
Los Angeles' ubiquitous street tacos inspired Taylor Mason to launch Taylor's Tacos along with her wife, Maya Mason. The business, an alum of the Polsky Center’s Small Business Growth Program, includes a catering service, taco truck, and event space.
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.