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.
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering course offers STEM pathway for City Colleges students
Students also receive advising around college readiness and admissions to help them prepare for transfer to four-year colleges, plus a $1,500 stipend.
Polsky’s Pandemic Pivot: Supporting entrepreneurs with virtual programming in a challenging time
During the pandemic, more than 12,000 entrepreneurs have attended Polsky Center virtual events. All community members, whether or not they have a University of Chicago connection, can take advantage of many of Polsky’s free online services.
Illinois institutions like UChicago will "lead the way” in launching quantum internet, Gov. Pritzker tells Quantum Summit
State’s research resources and early focus on emerging quantum technologies offers “enormous opportunities” economically for the South Side, the city of Chicago, and beyond, Pritzker says
“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