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Thursday, June 29
 

4:00pm

Y Combinator Female Founders Conference Watch Party
When: Thursday, June 29​ | 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange, Promontory Point Room
Who should attend: Public
Hosted by: Polsky Center

About: 
The world needs more women-led companies. One way we will get there faster is by building a community where successful women can share their stories and advice for those who are in earlier stages of building a company.

Y Combinator’s 4th annual Female Founders Conference features founders and CEOs who will provide practical advice and best practices on starting a startup. Speakers include YC alumnae and guests who will talk about how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew.

The Polsky Center is excited to be hosting a watch party for both men and women to livestream the conference taking place in San Francisco. Bring your whole team!

​Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/y-combinator-female-founders-conference-watch-party-tickets-35467373870
Questions: Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu

Thursday June 29, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point 1452 E. 53rd St, Chicago IL
 
Wednesday, July 5
 

3:00pm

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

When: Wednesday, July 5 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-started-with-illustrator-2d-design-for-fun-and-prototyping-tickets-35096102387

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

Wednesday July 5, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Polsky Exchange North, Kimbark Ave Classroom 1452 E 53rd St Chicago, IL 60615
 
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

2:00pm

Tuesday Tea at 2

When: Tuesday July 11 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Polsky Exchange South - Kitchen - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Polsky Exchange Members
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About: Take some time to relax and join your fellow Polsky Exchange members for tea and refreshments!

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-tea-at-2-tickets-35162789851
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Tuesday July 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Polsky Exchange South, Kitchen 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615

3:00pm

Design for 3D Printing with Onshape

When: Tuesday, July 11 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-for-3d-printing-with-onshape-tickets-35153909289
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Tuesday July 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Polsky Exchange South, Ellis Ave Meeting Room 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
 
Wednesday, July 12
 

1:00pm

Arduino Wednesdays - Hack the Physical World!

When: Wednesday, July 12 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Polsky Exchange South - Fab Lab - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Polsky Exchange Members
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About: Experiment, prototype, and hack with Arduino, an open source microcontroller that lets you program physical objects. Newbies are welcome - we'll get you started blinking your first LED, plus working on other fun projects with our experimenters' kits. Experienced users can bring their projects or come up with new ones in a collaborative environment.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arduino-wednesdays-hack-the-physical-world-tickets-35162609311

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Wednesday July 12, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Polsky Exchange South, Fab Lab 1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago
 
Thursday, July 13
 

2:00pm

Introduction to Joinery

When: Thursday, July 13 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Polsky Exchange South - Fab Lab - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Polsky Exchange members who have taken Fab Lab 101
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About: Every project is made up of parts. Joinery is the art and science of putting materials together. In this hands on class we will cut traditional wood working joints, study their characteristics and consider their use in other materials.

Join us the day after the class for Joinery Lab Time to practice your skills!

About the instructor: Dan Bochnovic is a perpetual hobbyist and lifelong woodworker who loves using tools.  Professionally, Dan is a thirty year veteran in the recreational boating field with a reputation as a marine McGyver. It is fair to say that if it has a bow and a stern and is between eight and eighty feet, he has sailed it, motored it, or fixed it. Sailing highlights include numerous Mackinac races and fifteen years cruising between Chicago and the North Channel. When not sailing Dan regularly attends the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and the Detroit Makers Faire. Dan earned a BS in Computer Science, “ because the computer is another tool I just had to learn how to use.”

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-joinery-tickets-35154371672
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Thursday July 13, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Polsky Exchange South, Fab Lab 1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago
 
Friday, July 14
 

1:00pm

Joinery Lab Time

When: Friday, July 14 | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Polsky Exchange South - Fab Lab - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Polsky Exchange members who have taken Fab Lab 101
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About: Practice the skills you learned in the Introduction to Joinery class! The instructor will be around to answer questions. This is a great time to get your general questions about prototyping in wood answered.

About the instructor: Dan Bochnovic is a perpetual hobbyist and lifelong woodworker who loves using tools.  Professionally, Dan is a thirty year veteran in the recreational boating field with a reputation as a marine McGyver. It is fair to say that if it has a bow and a stern and is between eight and eighty feet, he has sailed it, motored it, or fixed it. Sailing highlights include numerous Mackinac races and fifteen years cruising between Chicago and the North Channel. When not sailing Dan regularly attends the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and the Detroit Makers Faire. Dan earned a BS in Computer Science, “ because the computer is another tool I just had to learn how to use.”

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joinery-lab-time-tickets-35156164033
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Friday July 14, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Polsky Exchange South, Fab Lab 1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago
 
Thursday, July 20
 

2:00pm

Building Your Prototype with Fasteners

When: Thursday, July 20 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Where: Polsky Exchange South - Fab Lab - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Polsky Exchange members who have taken Fab Lab 101
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About: Fasteners are all around you. When used correctly they provide structural integrity and beauty to your prototype. Learn about fasteners and give your project functionality, durability, and the wow factor by using the correct ones. This fun and informative hands on seminar is sure to give you new insight into making your projects fantastic.

Join us the day after the class for Fasteners Lab Time to practice your skills!

About the instructor: Dan Bochnovic is a perpetual hobbyist and lifelong woodworker who loves using tools.  Professionally, Dan is a thirty year veteran in the recreational boating field with a reputation as a marine McGyver. It is fair to say that if it has a bow and a stern and is between eight and eighty feet, he has sailed it, motored it, or fixed it. Sailing highlights include numerous Mackinac races and fifteen years cruising between Chicago and the North Channel. When not sailing Dan regularly attends the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and the Detroit Makers Faire. Dan earned a BS in Computer Science, “ because the computer is another tool I just had to learn how to use.”

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-your-prototype-with-fasteners-tickets-35156250291
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Polsky Exchange South, Fab Lab 1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago
 
Wednesday, July 26
 

11:30am

City Club of Chicago: John Flavin

When: Wednesday, July 26 | 11:30 a.m. reception/ 12:00 p.m. luncheon
Where: Maggiano’s Banquet (111 W. Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60654)
Who Should Attend: Open to the public
Hosted by: City Club of Chicago

About: Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, John Flavin will address the City Club of Chicago, the city's preeminent public affairs forum, on how the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago is driving the creation of new businesses and economic development on Chicago's South Side. 

Universities today are in an innovation arms race. Faculty and students increasingly demand and expect support for moving their ideas to impact. Our startups are developing life-saving cancer therapeutics, improving disease diagnostics, increasing the quality of education, creating clean energy solutions, and more. 
 
Meanwhile, by investing in these student- and faculty-led ventures, the university is maximizing the impact of its research, attracting top faculty and students, and remaining connected with alumni, corporations and regional partners. 

At the City Club, Flavin will talk about his global ambitions for the Polsky Center — one that combines the commercialization of faculty research with Chicago Booth's world-class accelerator and a 34,000-square-foot co-working hub for community entrepreneurs and students alike. 

Register: https://www.cityclub-chicago.org/event/2/1213/john-flavin
Questions? Contact Mary Naset


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Maggiano's Banquet 111 W. Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60654
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
 
Wednesday, August 2
 

3:00pm

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

When: Wednesday, August 2 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-started-with-illustrator-2d-design-for-fun-and-prototyping-tickets-35096103390

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Wednesday August 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Polsky Exchange North, Kimbark Ave Classroom 1452 E 53rd St Chicago, IL 60615
 
Tuesday, August 8
 

2:00pm

Tuesday Tea at 2

When: Tuesday August 8 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Polsky Exchange South - Kitchen - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Polsky Exchange Members
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About:
Take some time to relax and join your fellow Polsky Exchange members for tea and refreshments!

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-tea-at-2-tickets-35162790854
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Tuesday August 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Polsky Exchange South, Kitchen 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615

3:00pm

Design for 3D Printing with Onshape

When: Tuesday, August 8 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-for-3d-printing-with-onshape-tickets-35153910292
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Tuesday August 8, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Polsky Exchange South, Ellis Ave Meeting Room 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
 
Wednesday, August 9
 

1:00pm

Arduino Wednesdays - Hack the Physical World!

When: Wednesday August 9 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Polsky Exchange South - Fab Lab - 1463 E 53rd St 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Who should attend: Polsky Exchange Members
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Fab Lab

About: Experiment, prototype, and hack with Arduino, an open source microcontroller that lets you program physical objects. Newbies are welcome - we'll get you started blinking your first LED, plus working on other fun projects with our experimenters' kits. Experienced users can bring their projects or come up with new ones in a collaborative environment.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arduino-wednesdays-hack-the-physical-world-tickets-35162610314
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu


Wednesday August 9, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Polsky Exchange South, Fab Lab 1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago
 
Tuesday, August 29
 

1:00pm

Polsky Accelerator Demo Day - Summer 2017 Cohort

When: Tuesday, August 29 | 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Where: Gleacher, Room 621
Who Should Attend: Open to the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

About:
Now in its fifth year, the Polsky Accelerator has become well-known for the strong portfolio of companies it has helped (currently 44 teams) – including notable alumni such as BallotReady, Moneythink, and ZipFit Denim. Alum companies have raised more than $10 million in funding – with three companies having been acquired (HireBrite, matchist, and SmartLine).        The 2017 Polsky Accelerator teams will receive a $10,000 investment from the Polsky Center, and all be headquartered at the Polsky Exchange.

The Polsky Summer Accelerator accepts 10 teams to work with each summer in structured and concierge programming. Additionally these teams receive funding, office space at the Polsky Exchange, access to Polsky Center staff, coaching from faculty, and mentorship from alumni entrepreneurs and Chicago-area investors to help them overcome many of the hurdles to launching a business.

How to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polsky-accelerator-demo-day-summer-2017-cohort-tickets-35610820924?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventname_text

Questions? Contact E.J. Reedy at ereedy@chicagobooth.edu


Tuesday August 29, 2017 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Gleacher Center Room 621 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago
 
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