We leverage UChicago’s financial resources and expertise to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local businesses.
UChicago builds strong economic partnerships throughout our communities. As the largest employer on the South Side, we are committed to making a strong contribution to the South Side's prosperity by working in partnership with small businesses and community organizations in our surrounding neighborhoods to connect people with jobs and contracting opportunities, both here at the University and throughout our network of vendors.
We support local small business owners and entrepreneurs through faculty- and student-led workshops and programs that help them to launch and grow. We also partner on workforce development initiatives that help individuals build the skills that employers value most.
Through investments in community health, education, business and workforce development, public safety, economic development, and arts and cultural enrichment, we are building broad, enduring partnerships with our South Side neighbors.
Navigating startup success: Polsky launches the ‘Compass,’ a new deep tech accelerator program
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recently launched the Compass – a first-of-its-kind deep tech accelerator program for early-stage startups and technologies.
Training the Next Generation of Social Impact Leaders
Four years after its founding, Chicago Booth’s thriving Civic Scholars Program is training government and nonprofit professionals who can bring an MBA lens and a data-driven approach to the serious business of creating positive change in the world.
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.
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.