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.
Block Club Chicago: Nearly 10,000 Kids Will Receive 10 Free Books This Year Through The 'My Very Own Library' Program
The University of Chicago will provide ten free books to over nine thousand children through the My Very Own Library literacy initiative, which fosters a love of reading by allowing students to select high-interest books that are not typically found on a classroom syllabus.
Living the legacy: making careers in medicine accessible to South Side youth
Founded 1995, the Provident Foundation provides education, opportunities, and access to the medical industry to youth of color on Chicago’s South Side.
Crain's Chicago Business: 40 Under 40 Profile of Christina Hachikian
Judith Crown profiles Christina Hachikian, the founding executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the Booth School of Business, which seeks to employ business insight and research capabilities in partnership with nonprofits.
Upcoming eventFeb 28th, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Entrepreneurial Outlook: Retail and Food 2020
As the New Year begins, join the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the annual Entrepreneurial Outlook series to discuss important emerging trends in select industries.
“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.”