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.
New Venture Challenge marks 25 years as pioneering startup accelerator
From GrubHub to Braintree, a look back at the Polsky Center’s legacy of supporting startups
Hyde Park Herald: Polsky Center launches quantum science and technology accelerator
A new quantum startup accelerator, Duality, recently launched at the University of Chicago's Polsky Center in partnership with the Chicago Quantum Exchange, bringing a massive investment to the South Side.
Chicago Tribune: University of Chicago launching nation’s first quantum startup accelerator. Will South Side be the Silicon Valley of next-gen technology?
A joint South Side partnership between the University of Chicago's Polsky Center and the Chicago Quantum Exchange, Duality will be the nation's first quantum technology accelerator program.
“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