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.
Polsky Small Business Circles connect entrepreneurs during challenging times
After the Polsky Center launched a virtual Small Business Bootcamp to help business owners take action on pressing issues during the pandemic, Small Business Circles were born to give entrepreneurs a place to converse and connect with each other.
Picturing the possibilities at PME: UChicago Collegiate Scholars get a virtual introduction to molecular engineering
For the first time, Collegiate Scholars Program classes were taught virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering's Introduction to Molecular Engineering course where students learned through at-home projects like building circuits.
Changing the world one snap at a time: an alumna’s path to career success
How does someone go from contemplating the ideal society in Sosc class to overseeing civic engagement for one of the world’s most popular social media platforms? For Gross, it began when she knocked on the door of the College Admissions office at UChicago.
“I don’t know how or if we would have gotten this far without the Exchange. It provides an environment that keeps me motivated and energized; I’m able to get help from others, and give help to them, too. Because of a relationship built there, someone thought of me and I was able to be on a call with a corporation that’s interested in the product.” - Melody Roberts, Co-founder and CEO of Liv Labs