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.
Meet Our 2020 UCSC Award Winners, the Students Who've Impacted Our World for the Better
Meet our 2 President's Volunteer Service Award winners and our 3 Perry Herst Prize Winners, and read all about their incredible accomplishments!
Chicago Immunoengineering Innovation Center launches to develop technologies to treat diseases
The Chicago Immunoengineering Innovation Center has launched at the University of Chicago, with a focus on developing new technologies to treat diseases, including cancer, autoimmune disorders, and, most recently, COVID-19.
Through Polsky Center, South Side entrepreneurs find a place to grow
Entrepreneurs from all over Chicago find support for their big ideas, from concept to launch to growth, at UChicago’s Polsky Center startup hub on 53rd Street. For a small monthly fee, any Chicagoan can join to get access to work space, mentoring, events, and a state-of-the-art fabrication lab.
“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