Celebrating 20 years
and recognized as the #1 university
accelerator program in the nation,
the Edward L. Kaplan, '71


run by the
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
at the University of Chicago
Booth School of Business.

  • Maestro Named 2015 New Venture Challenge Finals Winner

    Maestro and BallotReady take home top prizes in nationally ranked accelerator program finals, which awarded $600,000 in cash and business services to student startups.

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  • 20 Years of the New Venture Challenge

    As entrepreneurship becomes the largest concentration at Booth, student start-ups say the signature program provides critical support and feedback.

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  • BallotReady Takes Home First Place at 2015 Social New Venture Challenge Finals

    BallotReady is an online voter guide that provides tailored, easy-to-digest information on the candidates and referendums listed on local ballots. BallotReady’s site is a policy innovation designed to raise the number of informed voters and increase voter turnout.

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  • Athenir and UProspie Name Co-Champions of 2015 College New Venture Challenge

    At the annual College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) finals on Thursday, May 21, student startups—Athenir and UProspie—were selected as co-champions of the 2015 CNVC. The winning teams each received $10,000 in prize money.

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  • Profile on Aluminate: Making Alumni Connections More Personalized

    The Global New Venture Challenge (GNVC) is an extension of the Polsky Center's Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) business launch program, which is tailored to students in Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA program.

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  • 100+ Companies launched still in business
  • $365+ Million funding raised
  • $3+ Billion in mergers and exits