Check out two UChicago entrepreneurs, Patrick Ip (Kip Solutions) and Ted Gonder (Moneythink), who were featured yesterday on Chicago Public Radio’s Vocalo.
Two awesome, financially focused businesses in one kick-ass segment! KIP Solutions is run by college undergrads and gets the word out about non-profits over social media. Moneythink offers ten week courses to high school students about personal financial literacy. Why are respective founders Patrick Ip and Ted Gonder in studio together? Well, they’re best friends who do everything together, from rowing crew to appearing on the radio. Patrick and Ted joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss the development of their business and what it’s like running one while still working on an undergrad.
Entrepreneurship Events @ UChicago: May 2013
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation invites you to join students, alumni, and faculty throughout May for the many entrepreneurship and private equity programs and events at UChicago.
Immigration and Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
May 8, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Gleacher Center, Room 621
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
The linkage between entrepreneurship and immigration has been proven by numerous studies as the linkage between entrepreneurship and economic development. Why then can’t we make it easier for entrepreneurial immigrants to stay in the United States?
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency responsible for administering immigration benefits, invites you to attend a highly interactive town hall meeting to discuss the issues at the nexus of immigration law, entrepreneurship, and innovation, including policies and practices to make the U.S. a welcoming place for innovation-driven entrepreneurs. The program will feature a panel from the local entrepreneurial community who will discuss their experiences, as well as time for Q&A to discuss ideas to enhance current policies and programs. Panelists include:
- Alejandro Mayorkas, director, USCIS
- Ashish Rangnekar, founder and CEO, Benchprep
- Uzi Shmilovici, founder and CEO, Base
- Ian Wagreich, partner, Latimer, LeVay, Fyock LLC
- Ellen Rudnick, clinical professor, Chicago Booth; executive director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Ted Gonder, founder and executive director, Moneythink; entrepreneur in residence, USCIS
Questions? Contact Tracey Elder, Polsky Center
Entrepreneurship Events @ UChicago: April 2013
Welcome back from spring break! The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation invites you to join students, alumni, and faculty throughout April for the many entrepreneurship and private equity programs and events at UChicago. Follow the links for more information, and check the Polsky Center blog and calendar frequently for new additions!
Wakefield Presents: Chicago Uncubed
Thursday, April 4
River East Art Center 435 East Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60611
Students save 50% with discount code UCHISTUDENT
Alumni save 25% with discount code UCHIALUMNI
If you’re looking for a fulfilling career, enjoyable work environment, or are interested in the unique challenges faced by today’s start-up employees, consider attending Uncubed, the country’s most interactive recruiting series. Uncubed reimagines the job fair by mixing in music, entertainment, speakers, and drinks, and it connects attendees with otherwise hard-to-discover job opportunities in the areas of technology, design, marketing, and beyond at exciting young companies like Facebook, Twitter, Rdio, and Meetup. Check out a recap from the latest Uncubed in NYC here.
Energy Forward Conference
Friday, April 5
Gleacher Center 6th Floor, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Chicago Booth Energy Group and Energy Club, with support from the Polsky Center and the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago, proudly present Booth Energy Forward 2013. Energy Forward will explore important topics in today’s global energy industry. As the largest business school energy conference in the Midwest, Energy Forward provides a unique opportunity for energy business leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to interact with tomorrow’s captains of industry. Featuring four panels and three keynote presentations, Energy Forward is a once-a-year opportunity for students, professionals, and business leaders to meet and share ideas.
For those interested, on Thursday, April 4, the Clean Energy Trust is hosting the third annual Clean Energy Challenge in Chicago, the largest clean-tech business plan competition in the region. Consider purchasing tickets to both events for a discounted price.
Workshop: “How You Know You Have a Good Idea” with Waverly Deutsch
Thursday, April 11
Harper Center C03, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
Are you mulling over a business idea, working on a business in an NVC track, or thinking about applying to Polsky Center programming in the coming year? In this session, Professor Waverly Deutsch will talk about what makes a great business idea and best practices for analyzing ideas to determine which can become a viable business. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 10and feel free to bring your lunch to the session. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Ancona.
UChicago Gastro Conference
Saturday, April 13
Ida Noyes Hall, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
UChicago student group, EnvisionDo, is hosting the first-ever Gastro Conference. Celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, nonprofit directors, researchers, and entrepreneurs will gather to discuss what it means to start a business in the food industry. From panels on innovation to talks addressing food and poverty in Chicago, the conference will cover current trends and issues in the food space.
Accelerator Program Application Deadline
Monday, April 15
Students who would like to apply to the Polsky Center Accelerator Program as a business must complete and submit their applications by noon on Monday, April 15. The Accelerator Program gives student teams the opportunity to work on their businesses in a collaborative and dynamic environment. Check here for details and a complete list of materials required for the Accelerator application.
Recipe for Success: Starting and Growing a Food Business in Chicago
Saturday, April 27
University of Chicago Law School, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Are you hungry for more information about how to succeed in a food business? The UChicago Institute for Justice invites you to meet other Chicagoans who share your passion, and learn about legal and business strategies that can boost your venture. Please contact Brooke Fallon if you have any further questions.
Entrepreneurial Internship Program Rolling Admissions
Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis
Through the Entrepreneurial Internship Program (EIP), full-time first year MBA students participate in a subsidized full-time 10 week internship with a start-up. Students must have an internship offer or have narrowed down their search to one firm to apply. Application information can be found on the EIP website. Contact Tom Ancona with questions.
Polsky Center Staff Office Hours at 1871
Wednesdays in April
1871, 1 – 5 p.m.
Throughout April, Polsky Center staff members will hold office hours at our space in 1871. If you want to meet one-on-one to talk about your start-up idea, Polsky programs, or other entrepreneurship, PE, or VC-related items, email the following staff to set up a meeting:
· Wednesday, April 3: Starr Marcello
· Wednesday, April 24: Tracey Elder
Polsky Center “Thirsty Thursdays”
Thursdays in April
Harper Center 207, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Want to learn more about or get involved in Polsky Center programs or meet staff and other entrepreneurially-minded students from across the University? Stop by our suite in the Harper Center on Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, or 25, grab a beverage, and mingle with others. Students and staff are invited to this casual meet up to network, discuss ideas, and learn more about entrepreneurship at UChicago.
Ongoing: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Office Hours
The Polsky Center offers mentorship and coaching to the UChicago community through its Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program. Three Chicago-based entrepreneurs are available to meet with students, alumni, and faculty throughout the 2012-13 academic year. To set up a meeting with an EIR, visit their O-Hours webpages:
If you have questions about these or other Polsky Center activities, contact Tracey Elder.
3 Day Startup explores the journey of student entrepreneurs from all over the world in its blog series “Born In Dorms.” We’re excited to see Chicago Booth start-up, ORIGAMI, featured in this edition!
This issue features highlights from the Private Equity Conference, the New Venture Challenge, Accelerator Program, alumni company updates, and more!
47 Teams Advance to Phase Two of the NVC/Social NVC
After reviewing 120 submissions from across the University of Chicago, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Social Enterprise Initiative are pleased to announce the 47 teams that will participate in Phase II (the classroom round) of the 17th Annual Edward L. Kaplan, ‘71, New Venture Challenge and the 3rd Annual John Edwardson, ‘72 Social New Venture Challenge.
Short descriptions of each team* follow. If you have questions about any of the teams, contact Tracey Elder.
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