The Polsky Incubator is open to early-stage startups with a dedicated, full-time team. Current participants include entrepreneurs from the South Side of Chicago, recent UChicago graduates, graduate school alumni, faculty, and staff.
If you have a prototype built, a team in place, are working full-time on your new business, and are ready to grow, the Polsky Incubator could be a good option for you! Applications from all industries are welcome; however, certain strategic industries are more strongly encouraged.
Applications are open to alumni of the University and its partner institutions (e.g., Argonne National Laboratories, Fermilab, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), as well as entrepreneurs from our South Side community and across Chicago. Startups with solo founders will not be accepted. In all cases, a component of the application review will include the ways in which the startup articulates a growth path which is inclusive of current students (e.g., interns or cofounders), partnering with researchers on campus, utilizing equipment on campus, or growing in the Hyde Park area of the city. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed quarterly.
The Polsky Center accepts applicants into its Polsky Incubator on an annual basis.
2019 – 2020 Dates //
Monday, August 19: Applications are due by 10:00 a.m.Week of September 3: Interviews will be heldThursday, September 12: Teams will be notifiedTuesday, October 1: Move in and orientation
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