Economic Opportunity and Entrepreneurship

We leverage UChicago’s role as the largest private employer and purchaser of goods and services on the South Side to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local small businesses.

We work to provide South Side residents a clear path to employment opportunities at the University, UChicago Medicine, and our vendor networks, as well as opportunities to grow and advance.  

We are committed to helping local small business owners and entrepreneurs by offering intensive programs paired with student consulting support, as well as through workshops and mentoring led by industry experts.

Through investments in local businesses and residents, we are contributing to the South Side’s prosperity and building broad, enduring partnerships with our neighbors.


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