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.
Multi-institutional QuSTEAM initiative awarded $5 million from NSF to advance quantum science education
With a $5 million cooperative agreement over two years from NSF's Convergence Accelerator, QuSTEAM will build transformative, modular quantum science degree and certification programs.
Booth students offer pro bono support to Chicago nonprofits
Through the Net Impact Board Fellows Program at Booth, Chicago nonprofits teach MBA students about nonprofit governance and social sector strategy.
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.