From Idea to Impact

The Polsky Center advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and accelerates the commercialization of research through education, partnerships, and new venture support.

UChicago invests $300,000 in groundbreaking new immunotherapy startup founded by University professor

The company is the sixth recipient of a venture investment from the UChicago Startup Investment Program.

Startup Tharzen demystifies and disrupts website content management

A Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation event connected the founders.


In recent decades, UChicago has become a hub for translating the breakthrough research of our faculty, other researchers, students and the scientists and engineers at our national laboratories into real-world solutions. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a driving force behind that translation, advancing the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and accelerating the commercialization of research through education, partnerships and new venture support. To date, the Polsky Center has launched more than 90 research-based startups that are developing saving cancer therapeutics, improving disease diagnostics, increasing quality of education and training, creating green tech energy solutions, and more.

Researchers can also engage with dedicated and specialized organizations, such as the Institute for Translational Medicine and the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, to gain access to funding, training, incubation and other resources to help advance their research.

Visit the links below to learn more about innovation-related organizations and ways to transform your groundbreaking ideas and discoveries into products, services, and ventures.

Start a Venture

Disclose your invention or idea so that the Polsky Center can help you safeguard your discovery and support your intellectual property.

Develop Your Idea

Learn more about identifying industry partners, mentors, regulatory experts, contract research organizations, or grant opportunities to help you further develop your invention.

Find Funding

Find resources, search engines and offices that can help you find federal, corporate and foundation funding for your research.

Connect with Industry

Learn more about developing partnerships and licenses with companies and business leaders to advance development of therapeutics and technologies with powerful potential

Find Resources and Venture Support

Explore resources available to researchers, including proof-of-concept funding, mentoring and incubation

Contact Us

Connect with the Polsky Center’s technology licensing and commercialization experts to learn more about advancing your idea