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.
Chicago Booth grad helps underrepresented startup founders find success
Lily Xu, ’13, says the lessons she learned from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and from her father prepared her for the ups and downs of founding her own beauty-technology startup.
Small Business Spotlight: ‘I Choose the Ladder’ coaches Fortune 500 companies on employee development, retention
Watchen Nyanue, MBA ’22 is interested in proactively cultivating new clients for her company ‘I Choose the Ladder’, working with The Polsky Center’s Small Business Growth program to create a business development plan.
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.