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.
UChicago symposium connects diverse firms with decision-makers
Now in its 15th year, the Professional Services Symposium provides opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses
Axios: Chicago is emerging as a quantum tech hub
The Chicago area is emerging as a national quantum technology leader, recently designated a quantum technology hub by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This recognition, bringing federal funding to local universities, coincides with the Chicago Quantum Summit in Hyde Park.
13th Flow Fitness Studio
Akinwale is the owner of 13th Flow fitness studio, one of 182 small businesses to receive a COVID-19 small business bridge grant from the University of Chicago.