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Entrepreneurship at UChicago

Ever since William Rainey Harper conceived of a Midwestern university to rival elite institutions on the East Coast, the University of Chicago has been an entrepreneurial enterprise. From developing the technique of carbon dating to influential business practices, testing out new ideas part of our daily life here at UChicago.

To maintain this tradition of discovery, Career Advancement integrates a variety of entrepreneurial opportunities into its programming through UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship (UCIE). Students interested in start-ups, venture capital, and other related careers have access to one-on-one advising from a professional with extensive experience. Students with innovative ideas are connected to resources at departments and organizations throughout the University of Chicago, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Students also have opportunities to put their ideas into practice in competitions such as the College New Venture Challenge. Student teams are formed to propose sustainable, socially responsible enterprises that benefit the community—whether that’s the University, the nation, or the world.

Entrepreneurial skills are valued in every industry, so all students at the University of Chicago can benefit from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship programming offered through Career Advancement. Like all UChicago Careers In programs, UCIE is open to students of any major.