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Tuesday, May 2
 

5:30pm

Critical Translation: From Science to Solutions

When: Monday, May 2, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all UChicago and the public
Hosted By: The University of Chicago Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM)

About: Researchers ‘translate’ their inventions and discoveries into new tools, treatments and technologies that enhance human and societal health and well-being. Join University of Chicago leaders and scientists for a discussion on the vital role of research translation in today’s environment and for two-minute talks that highlight our scientists’ latest research and its promising impact on society. Speakers will cover the importance of research translation to US competitiveness, the changing role of universities in getting scientific inventions and discoveries to market, challenges in our current culture, and opportunities to collaborate with scientists to advance their work on campus and beyond.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-1
Questions? Rhianna Wisniewski, rhianna@uchicago.edu

 

 


Tuesday May 2, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Polsky Exchange North 1452 E 53rd St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
 
Wednesday, May 3
 

12:00pm

PF3 Information Session (WebEx)

When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017  |  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: WebEx | Join WebEx meeting Meeting number (access code): 926 098 306  
Join by phone  +1 866 282 7366 US Toll Free 
Who Should Attend: UChicago students 

About: The Polsky Founders’ Fund Fellowship (PF3) is a resource available to graduating University of Chicago students who are committed to growing a company. In addition to graduating Chicago Booth students, decelerating and part-time Booth students are eligible. The goal of the program is to provide entrepreneurs with a resource package to allow them to help sustain momentum on their ventures as they transition out of the University. The information session will describe the PF3 resource, how to apply, and key deadlines. Please bring your own lunch.

How to Register: Register to attend here.  
Questions? Contact Meghan Kinney Meghan.kinney@chicagobooth.edu


Wednesday May 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online

5:00pm

Spring 2017 Graduate Student & Postdoc Innovation Mixer
When: Wednesday, May 3 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Polsky Exchange, Promontory Point Room
Who should attend: Graduate students and postdocs from UChicago
Hosted by: Polsky Center

About: The UChicago Graduate Student and Postdoc Innovation Mixer is an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs cross the University of Chicago to experience the Polsky Exchange, meet one-another, and spark inter-disciplinary collaborations. This will be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals and even find new teammates for any research project or business idea you're working on.

The Mixer will kick-off with registration and welcoming remarks from Laurens Mets, Master of the Biological Sciences Division and Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, and the Committee on Genetics. Professor Mets is also a cofounder of Electrochaea, a renewable energy startup spun out of the University. He will discuss his career path in research and entrepreneurship, collaboration as a critical element of innovation, and the story of Electrochaea. 

This will be followed by timed, structured networking around different industry areas. Delicious, hot crepes and drinks will be served.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-2017-graduate-student-postdoc-innovation-mixer-tickets-33344211434
Questions? Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu

Wednesday May 3, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point 1452 E. 53rd St, Chicago IL
 
Thursday, May 4
 

12:00pm

Know Your Customer: Tips and Tricks for Conducting Customer Research with Susan Silver
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom (1452 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615)
Who Should Attend: UChicago students and Polsky Exchange members

About: Join NVC coach and marketing guru, Susan Silver, for an interactive workshop designed to help entrepreneurs of all backgrounds develop a greater understanding of their customer and the marketplace. Specific topics covered will include: target identification, use case development, qualitative versus quantitative research, and useful questions to ask during interviews and on surveys. Examples featuring stories of UChicago entrepreneurs will be included. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions based on any in-progress customer research initiatives.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/know-your-customer-tips-and-tricks-for-conducting-customer-research-with-susan-silver-tickets-32886155376

Questions: 
Contact Steph Avalos-Bock stephab@uchicago.edu

Thursday May 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom 2nd Floor, 1452 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

5:00pm

CNVC Semi-Finals Presentations

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Harper Center C-01 (5807 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)
Who Should Attend: Public
Hosted By: UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship, Polsky Center

About: The Phase II College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) teams will be pitching here. These pitches will help judges determine who advances to the finals event in May, where prizes – which include cash prizes and in-kind services – have helped past CNVC finalists like Cubii, ReliefWatch, and Moneythink grow into successful businesses.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cnvc-semifinal-pitches-tickets-29529513570
Questions? Jerry Huang at jhuang@uchicago.edu


Thursday May 4, 2017 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Harper Center C-01 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago
 
Friday, May 5
 

5:30pm

Engineering Hackathon: Build a Race Car!

When: Friday, May 5 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange,Promontory Point Room
Who should attend: All UChicago
Hosted by: Polsky Center, Engineering Society, and Edge

About: Leonardo da Vinci designed the world's first self-propelled vehicle in 1478, though it wasn't until 2004 that the design was proven to work! In the intervening centuries, cars have evolved tremendously. Early versions differentiated themselves on fuel source, from from steam (1769) and hydrogen (1807), to gasoline (1864) and electricity (1888!). Later eras were defined by evolution in design, size, and efficiency and safety features.

Come show off your engineering prowess at a Mechanical Car Hackathon! Using common supplies, simple tools, and some personal ingenuity, create a functional race car in just a few short hours. Prizes will be awarded based on your car's performance in various challenges. We'll begin with lunch and a brief introduction to mechanical cars and construction methods, so no prior experience is required.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/car-hackathon-tickets-29998505337
Questions? Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu


Friday May 5, 2017 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point 1452 E. 53rd St, Chicago IL
 
Monday, May 8
 

12:00pm

Content Marketing & Social Media for Startups

When: Wednesday, May 8 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom
Hosted by: Polsky Center
Who should attend: Public

About: During this 90-minute seminar, you'll learn how to produce and publish content on social media and company websites, and then package it for e-mail. We'll cover the basics of search engine optimization and best practices for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. We'll also discuss how to use these platforms to promote your own personal brand.

Leading the seminar will be Melissa Harris, a former vice president of marketing at Origin Investments and Pulitzer Prize-nominated business columnist at the Chicago Tribune. Melissa is also the founder of M. Harris, a consulting firm that helps businesses and executives matter more. Lunch will be served.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/content-marketing-social-media-for-startups-tickets-32544039097
Questions? Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu


Monday May 8, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom 2nd Floor, 1452 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
 
Tuesday, May 9
 

5:30pm

Deep Tinker: Electronics Workshop

When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange South, Stagg Field Conference Room (1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Polsky Exchange Members and open to the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Learn a little bit about electronics using the BBC micro:bit (yes, that BBC!). The micro:bit is a small development board packed with an array of 25 LEDs, a Bluetooth radio, and much more. We’ll be using them in pairs to detect if another micro:bit is close by and respond. Come by if you’re interested in electronics, programming, and/or the “Internet of Things”! The class will be taught by Phil Lange and Nikita Parikh. Their company, Conduit Labs, is building a development tools platform for people building connected devices that change the world. 

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-3
Questions? Elizabeth Koprucki, ekoprucki@uchicago.edu 


Tuesday May 9, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Polsky Exchange South, Stagg Field Conference Room 1463 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL, 60615
 
Wednesday, May 10
 

2:00pm

Design for 3D Printing with Onshape

Design for 3D Printing with Onshape

When: Wednesday, May 10 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange South - Ellis Ave. Meeting Room - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Open to the Public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About: This workshop will get you started in OnShape, a free, cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) software that can be used to model parts and create assembles. We'll learn the basic functions of all similar modeling softwares on the market: sketch, dimension, trim, extrude, revolve, fillet, hole, and mate. Each attendee must bring their own laptop and charger. Bring your own mouse as well. We have a limited supply to lend out.

Free users get 5 private documents, and students with a school email get unlimited. You can create an account with OnShape at their website: https://www.onshape.com/ Please do this before the class to save time! 

How to Register: Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-for-3d-printing-with-onshape-tickets-32311195656
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Wednesday May 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Polsky Exchange South, Ellis Ave Meeting Room 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615

5:30pm

Something Ventured Screening

When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Something Ventured tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. It is told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen…Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others. The film also includes some of our finest entrepreneurs sharing how they worked with these venture capitalists to grow world-class companies like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others. 

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/something-ventured-screening-tickets-32243530267
Questions? Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu


Wednesday May 10, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point 1452 E. 53rd St, Chicago IL

6:00pm

What You Need to Do Before Raising Capital

When: Wednesday, May 10 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Where:  1871 Auditorium, 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs
Hosted By: Hyde Park Angels & 1871

About: Before you raise capital, you have to understand the market, core customer, and growth trajectory of your business, in addition to your other funding options. Hear from some of the city’s most successful operators and investors to learn

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-you-need-to-do-before-raising-capital-tickets-31453870373
Questions?  Contact Logan Snodgrass at logan@hydeparkangels.com


Wednesday May 10, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
1871 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago
 
Monday, May 15
 

11:00am

131 Alliance - Cross Campus Mixer
When:​ Monday, May 15 | 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Where:​ Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom
Who Should Attend:​ Students, Polsky Exchange Members
Hosted By: The Polsky Center and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

About: To build connections between students from both campuses, the Polsky Center is excited to host students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Chicago. Students in both programs will have the opportunity to participant in a panel discussion with former program participants, engage with one another during a networking lunch and tour the Polsky Exchange to learn more about other opportunities available to students through the Polsky Center's many resources.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

How to Register:​ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/131-alliance-cross-campus-entrepreneurship-mixer-tickets-33734220963
Questions?​ Contact Wolfgang Connell at wolfgangc16@uchicago.edu.

Monday May 15, 2017 11:00am - 1:30pm
Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom 2nd Floor, 1452 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

2:00pm

Getting Started with Illustrator: 2D Design for Fun and Prototyping

When: Monday, May 15 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North - Kimbark Ave. Meeting Room - 1452 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Open to the Public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About: Adobe Illustrator is a powerful, flexible program for making 2D vector graphics. Learn the basics to create designs you can cut with the Fab Lab's vinyl cutter, laser cutter, and computer numerically controlled routers. Illustrator is great for designing logos, too.

Participants will need to bring a laptop with Illustrator to this hands-on class. You can download a free trial from Adobe here.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

How to Register: Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-started-with-illustrator-2d-design-for-fun-and-prototyping-tickets-32311227752
Questions?: Contact Elizabeth Koprucki  


Monday May 15, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Polsky Exchange North, Kimbark Ave Classroom 1452 E 53rd St Chicago, IL 60615
 
Wednesday, May 17
 

5:30pm

Fab Lab Open House
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Center Fab Lab (1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who should attend: Open to the public, ages 18 and up
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Discover the Polsky Fab Lab. This event will begin with a brief tour of the Fab Lab's resources, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and more. Then participants will each solder their own flip light inside a custom laser-etched jar.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 


Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-14
Questions? Elizabeth Koprucki, ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

Wednesday May 17, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Polsky Exchange South, Fab Lab 1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago
 
Thursday, May 18
 

12:00pm

Legal Workshop with Perkins Coie: Equity & Hiring for Startups

When: Wednesday, May 18 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange, Washington Park Classroom
Hosted by: Polsky Center
Who should attend: Public

About: Steve Ducommun of Perkins Coie will lead this workshop on equity and hiring for startups. We'll discuss how companies issue stock, including founder’s equity, and discuss vesting agreements and incentive stock options. Then we'll cover corporate governance structures and how consultants and stockholders fit into the picture. Finally, we'll summarize the basics of labor and employment law, including employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, consulting and advisory agreements, and employee compensation. Lunch will be served.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legal-workshop-with-perkins-coie-equity-hiring-for-startups-tickets-32544387138

Questions: Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom 2nd Floor, 1452 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
 
Saturday, May 20
 

1:00pm

Hidden Figures and Leading Women in Science
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who should attend: Open to the public and families 
Hosted by: The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement

About: Join UChicago female scientists for a screening of the Academy Award nominated film ‘Hidden Figures’. Following the screening there will be a discussion about the film, contributions of women of color in science, and attendees own experiences. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their families to this fun and educational event.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-36
Questions? Kristin Barrett, kbarrett@uchicago.edu

Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA
 
Tuesday, May 23
 

11:00am

2017 Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) Finals & Taste the Impact Reception

When: Tuesday, May 23 |  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Harper Center, C-25 & Rm 104, 5807 S. Woodlawn, 60637
Who Should Attend: All students, faculty at Booth and UChicago Community 
Hosted By: Social Enterprise Initiative

About: Join student and faculty teams of the Social New Venture Challenge competition for the finalist presentations (11a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) as they compete for $50,000 of venture funding. Presenting teams are addressing a range of urgent social sector challenges and will spend the spring quarter building and improving an organization to achieve social impact at scale. Immediately following the presentations (3:30 -5:00 p.m.), join us for the Taste the Impact reception featuring catering from food-focused, mission-driven organizations based in Chicago. The Taste the Impact reception will culminate in the announcement of the 2017 SNVC winners—so stick around to congratulate these up-and–coming social entrepreneurs!

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-social-new-venture-challenge-snvc-finals-taste-the-impact-reception-tickets-31684060879
Questions? Will Gossin, will.gossin@chicagobooth.edu


Tuesday May 23, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Harper Center C-25 104

5:30pm

Deep Tinker: Lab Tools Workshop
When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange South, Stagg Field Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and Polsky Exchange Members
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join the Polsky Center as we peel back the layers on electronic conversations by learning how to use an oscilloscope, a multimeter, and a hardware debugger. We’ll learn how to use these tools in pairs and in the process learn more about the inner workings of the BBC micro:bit (yes, that BBC!). Come by if you’re interested in electronics, programming, and/or the “Internet of Things”! Bring a laptop and we'll provide the Micro:bits and lab tools.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 


Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-21
Questions? Elizabeth Koprucki, ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

Tuesday May 23, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Polsky Exchange South, Stagg Field Conference Room 1463 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL, 60615
 
Wednesday, May 24
 

11:30am

People or Product: How Venture Capitalists Make Their Decisions
Where: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
When: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-25 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chicago Booth
About: Join the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chicago Booth for a panel discussion on venture capitalism and what factors influence VC decision-making. The panel will feature Steve Kaplan, Polsky Center Faculty Director and Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, other leading members of the venture capital community, and will be moderated by Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Lunch will be provided.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-25
Questions? Mary Naset, mnaset@uchicago.edu

Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:30am - 1:15pm
Harper Center C-25 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago
 
Thursday, May 25
 

9:00am

The Evolving State of Alternative Finance
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 |  9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Where: CME Group, Auditorium, 2nd Floor (20 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all UChicago and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CME Group, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Judge Business School
About: The Evolving State of Alternative Finance workshop will explore the changing nature of how consumers and businesses utilize alternative finance in the context of an evolving regulatory and policy landscape across the Americas. Sessions will review how alternative finance regulation has facilitated or hindered this new industry’s growth, the impact of institutionalization in the alternative finance sector, and the official release of the 2017 Americas Alternative Finance Industry Survey results.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-26
Questions? Annie Le, annie.le@chicagobooth.edu

Thursday May 25, 2017 9:00am - 11:45am
CME Group, Auditorium, 2nd Floor 20 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL

1:00pm

CNVC Finals

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 1:00-4:00 p.m. (reception immediately following)
Where: Harper Center C-10 (5807 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)
Who Should Attend: Public
Hosted By: UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship, Polsky Center

About: Join us for the finals of the annual College New Venture Challenge (CNVC). Throughout the afternoon, the CNVC finalists will present to a panel of judges comprising of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts. Prizes – which include cash prizes and in-kind services – have helped past CNVC finalists like Cubii, ReliefWatch, and Moneythink grow into successful businesses.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

How to Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cnvc-finals-tickets-29528350090
Questions? Jerry Huang at jhuang@uchicago.edu


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Harper Center C-10

6:00pm

Path to Innovation: Who, What, When and Why?
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017  |  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Students, industry trainees, and professionals in the life sciences and healthcare fields
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CHIentist, UChicago BSD-PDA
About: This event will include a panel of industry professionals who will discuss the environment conducive to scientific innovation from an academic to a business perspective. Learn about their personal insights on the steps, the people and the drivers of their success and innovation in general. This event will quench the curiosity of those who are thinking about licensing their ideas or starting a business in the life science and/or healthcare setting. CHIentist designs these events to be extremely interactive. The discussion will be followed by a networking reception.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 


Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-28
Questions? Aurelie Desgardin, adesgard@uchicago.edu

Thursday May 25, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point 1452 E. 53rd St, Chicago IL
 
Tuesday, May 30
 

6:59pm

Application Deadline: Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

When: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by 7:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. PT
Where: Online Submission
Who Should Apply: All currently enrolled university students and recent grads who have received a degree after March 1, 2016
Hosted By: Cisco

About: Do you have an idea or technology solution that can help benefit the economy, society or the environment? Cisco seeks to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in an increasingly digital economy. All currently enrolled university students and recent grads (who have received a degree after March 1, 2016) are encouraged to submit their ideas, breakthrough technologies, products and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems to the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. $300,000 in prizes will be handed out to the best teams and/or individuals participating. Learn more at: https://cisco.innovationchallenge.com.

 

How to Apply: https://gps.skild.com/skild2/gps/registerLeader.action
Questions? Ian Murphy, Outreach Coordinator, at ian@skild.com


Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:59pm - 7:00pm
Online Submission
 
Wednesday, May 31
 

11:30am

Innovation Fund Finals - 2017 Spring Cycle

When: Wednesday May 31, 2017 | 11:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Theatre, Polsky Exchange North
Who Should Attend: Open to the public
Hosted By: The University of Chicago Innovation Fund

About: The University of Chicago Innovation Fund is excited to announce the Spring 2017 investment cycle. Applicants from across the University of Chicago, Argonne National Lab, Fermilab, and the Marine Biology Laboratory will compete for up to $250,000 in proof-of-concept capital. Previous finalists have built exciting technologies across a wide range of industries representative of the core strengths of the University and our partners. 

Please join us for the final pitches of these fantastic teams to the Innovation Fund Advisory Committee, an esteemed group of judges made up of investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry experts.

Lunch will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. Program begins promptly at 12:00 p.m. Networking will begin immediately following the presentations at 2:40 pm. 

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

How to Register: Register online to reserve your spot. Space is limited and registration is required.
Questions? Contact Steve Lehmann at slehmann@uchicago.edu


Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:30am - 5:00pm
Polsky Exchange North 1452 E 53rd St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
 
Thursday, June 1
 

8:30am

2017 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge Finals

Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge Finals

When
: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Harper Center, Room C-25, Concourse Level, and Room C-05 for overflow seating (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All members of the UChicago community and open to the public

Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

About: Join us for the finals of the 2016-17 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC). Throughout the day, the NVC finalists will present to a panel of judges comprising of top investors, entrepreneurs, and others. Prizes – which include cash prizes and in-kind services, such as legal and professional consulting services, and office space – have helped past NVC winners like GrubHub, Braintree, and Base CRM grow into successful businesses. The NVC is a top-ranked U.S. accelerator program and this year marks the 21st anniversary of the program.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 



Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edward-l-kaplan-71-new-venture-challenge-finals-tickets-32353671703

Questions? Contact Hannah Williams 

Space will be available on a first come, first served basis. No laptops will be allowed into the presentation room, and an overflow room will be available for anyone who cannot find a seat.


Thursday June 1, 2017 8:30am - 4:45pm
Harper Center C-25 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

2:00pm

UChicago App Challenge 2017 Finals
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room 104 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: University of Chicago IT Services in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: See a year's worth of innovation in the App Challenge culminate in a chance to win $10,000 in prizes! The App Challenge is helps translate ides or observation into a mobile app, website or something else. Those participating in the finals are competing against other teams for a chance at a $10,000 prize.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 


Register: http://bit.ly/innofest17-31
Questions? appchallenge@lists.uchicago.edu

Thursday June 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Harper Center 104 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

3:30pm

Polsky Innovation Showcase

Polsky Innovation Showcase
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 3:30 p.m – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Harper Center Winter Garden
Who Should Attend: Open to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

About: The Polsky Innovation Showcase is an interactive celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration in the university community. Set up like a “science fair,” entrepreneurs and innovators from across the campus community will demo their start-ups, products and/or technologies at different tables in the Winter Garden. Attendees are invited to take an interactive and in-depth look at the flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Chicago. Winners of all tracks of the NVC—Traditional, Social, Global, and College—as well as the winners of the UChicago App Challenge will be announced during this event.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top leaders in innovation, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories. Innovation Fest is sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. 

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polsky-innovation-showcase-tickets-32360614469

Questions? Contact Mary Naset at mnaset@uchicago.edu


Thursday June 1, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Harper Center Winter Garden 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago
 
Tuesday, July 11
 

12:00pm

Presentation Choreography: How to Gracefully Engage Your Audience
When: ​Tuesday, July 11 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange, Washington Park Classroom
Who should attend: Opent to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center

About: 
Entrepreneurs are constantly giving presentations: to investors, customers, and even your team. Each time, it's not enough to important to consider not just your content, but your delivery. How are you engaging with your visuals? How are you leveraging your visual and vocals cues to bring focus and depth to your content? What we call the “YOU” factor or “the messenger” plays a huge role in connecting with your audience.

This lunch workshop will teach you how to open and close with strength and poise. We'll discuss the impact of visual and vocal cues, get comfortable with meaningful movement, and learn how to best engage with slides and other visuals.

Register:
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-choreography-how-to-gracefully-engage-your-audience-tickets-31452221441
Questions? Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu

Tuesday July 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom 2nd Floor, 1452 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
Monday, July 31
 

12:00am

Applications open: The Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge

When: Tuesday, August 1 | 12:00 a.m. (Rolling Entry: through December)
Where: online
Who Should Attend: Business students, Medical students, Graduate students, Post-docs, Law students, and Alumni interested in entrepreneurship and launching a company within the biotech industry.
Hosted By: The Center for Advancing Innovation in partnership with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and MedImmune LLC

About: The Center for Advancing Innovation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and MedImmune have partnered to launch the Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge (FCSC) – a startup challenge and accelerator featuring commercially viable cancer technologies from leading research organizations. FCSC participants will be charged with creating business models and novel commercialization pathways for bringing these technologies to market. FCSC participants will receive invaluable networking, marketing assistance, enrollment in CAI's recognized accelerator program, mentorship from experts, and exclusive webinars from top industry professionals; winners of the program will have the opportunity to launch a startup around their selected cancer innovation and make a significant impact in oncology.

How to Register: http://www.freedomfromcancerchallenge.org/interested.html (Full Application process will be available closer to the entry date)

Questions? Contact Jonathan Lui at Jonathan@thecenterforadvancinginnovation.org


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:00am - 12:30am
Online Submission
 
Thursday, September 7
 

6:00pm

How to Raise Venture Capital

When: Thursday, September 7 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 1871 Auditorium, 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs 
Hosted By: Hyde Park Angels & 1871

About:  We are demystifying the venture capital fundraising process to give you the tools you need to raise your next round. Hear from entrepreneurs and investors who understand venture capital from the inside out.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-raise-venture-capital-tickets-31453985718
Questions? Contact Logan Snodgrass at logan@hydeparkangels.com


Thursday September 7, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
1871 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago
Tuesday, October 17
 

12:00am

Phase I: The Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge

When: Wednesday, October 18
Where: online
Who Should Attend: Business students, Medical students, Graduate students, Post-docs, Law students, and Alumni interested in entrepreneurship and launching a company within the biotech industry.
Hosted By: The Center for Advancing Innovation in partnership with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and MedImmune LLC

About: The Center for Advancing Innovation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and MedImmune have partnered to launch the Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge (FCSC) – a startup challenge and accelerator featuring commercially viable cancer technologies from leading research organizations. FCSC participants will be charged with creating business models and novel commercialization pathways for bringing these technologies to market. FCSC participants will receive invaluable networking, marketing assistance, enrollment in CAI's recognized accelerator program, mentorship from experts, and exclusive webinars from top industry professionals; winners of the program will have the opportunity to launch a startup around their selected cancer innovation and make a significant impact in oncology.

How to Register: http://www.freedomfromcancerchallenge.org/interested.html (Full Application process will be available closer to the entry date)

Questions? Contact Jonathan Lui at mailto:Jonathan@thecenterforadvancinginnovation.org


Wednesday October 18, 2017 12:00am - 12:30am
Online
 
Thursday, November 9
 

11:00am

Webinar: The Ultimate Entrepreneur's Guide to Term Sheets

When: Thursday, November 9 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Online
Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs
Hosted By: Hyde Park Angels & 1871

About: During the fundraising process, sometimes finding the investor can feel like the end of the journey. However, the journey really starts after you raise the capital. In this webinar, you will learn how to understand and structure your terms to make that journey a success.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-the-ultimate-entrepreneurs-guide-to-term-sheets-tickets-31454155225
Questions? Contact Logan Snodgrass at logan@hydeparkangels.com


Thursday November 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Online