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.
Through Polsky Center, South Side entrepreneurs find a place to grow
Steve Jobs famously advised budding entrepreneurs to “stay hungry.” For Boyede Sobitan, hunger was more than a metaphor: The Bronzeville resident was tired of having to travel to specialty markets ...
Polsky Small Business Growth Program helps strengthen businesses that strengthen neighborhoods
It seemed to Omar Kamran that fast-food gigs were the only jobs available to young people in his South Side neighborhood of Chicago Lawn— so in 2017, he and a partner co-founded Magnolia Screen Pri...
Latest eventOct 10th, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
South Side Pitch 2019
South Side Pitch showcases some of the South Side’s most innovative ideas before a live audience. Contestants will pitch their businesses to a panel of expert judges, who will provide feedback to help both the contestants and the audience learn about the elements of a winning pitch.