Students pursuing interests in entrepreneurship, private equity, and venture capital at Chicago Booth have a variety of resources available to them, whether they are seeking a network of contacts, starting a business, obtaining financial support, receiving career guidance, or connecting with like-minded entrepreneurial students.
Entrepreneurial Student Groups
Full-Time, Evening, and Weekend MBA students at Chicago Booth interested in entrepreneurial careers can join several student groups, which provide valuable leadership experience and networking contacts through conferences, guest lectures, social events, company visits, and more.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers a number of financial resources for students interested in entrepreneurship during their time at Chicago Booth. These financial resources include awards and scholarships, like the Herman Family Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship and the Canfield Private Equity Fellowship, competition prizes that serve as seed money for new ventures, and funding for internships.
ARCH Venture Partners New Business Incubator
Winners and finalists of the Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge business launch program can develop their emerging companies in the ARCH Venture Partners New Business Incubator, housed within the Polsky Center. This space, generously supported by ARCH Venture Partners, provides students with essential office support and faculty guidance.
In addition to guidance provided by Career Services, entrepreneurship faculty members provide both curriculum and career advice. In addition, these faculty members provide access to the Chicago Booth network to help entrepreneurial students find business mentors and job opportunities.
View a workshop* on negotiating a compensation package at entrepreneurial firms by Ellen Rudnick, '73, clinical professor of entrepreneurship and Polsky Center executive director, and Ira Weiss, MBA '99, PhD '01, clinical associate professor of accounting.
*Chicago Booth log-in required.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers mentorship and coaching to the University of Chicago community through its Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program. Three successful Chicago-based entrepreneurs are available to meet with students, alumni, and faculty throughout the academic year. We also host regular small group sessions over breakfast and lunch.
To meet our EIRs and set up a meeting with the, visit our EIRs page »
General Program Information
For more information on entrepreneurship, new venture creation, private equity, and other programming at UChicago, check out the following resources:
Useful Entrepreneurial Links
There's so much going on outside the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the area of entrepreneurship that we've compiled a list of helpful entrepreneurial resources.