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.
UChicago launches new business accelerator program in Washington Park
Three new retail tenants — ReformedSchool, Hemp Heals Body Shop and Solo Noir — will be the inaugural fellows and occupants of the newly renovated L1 Creative Business Accelerator and retail shop, the latest addition to the University of Chicago’s Arts Block project.
Civic Scholars Program: Bringing the power of Booth MBAs to the social sector
To help build problem-solving capacity and encourage innovation in the social sector, in 2016 the Neubauer Family Foundation funded the Civic Scholars Program to provide professionals in nonprofit organizations and government agencies with scholarship awards for Chicago Booth’s full-time, evening, and weekend MBA programs.
“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