Schedule of Events

UChicago Innovation Fest 2017

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.
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Questions? Mary Naset, mnaset@uchicago.edu

Launching for Impact
When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.  
Where: Gleacher Center, Room 308 (455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth
About: When it’s time to launch, social entrepreneurs must decide how best to structure, govern, and fund their start-up to balance social impact with financial sustainability. Join the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth for a discussion on what factors to consider when forming a startup in the social innovation sector. The panel will feature: Jessica Yagan, CEO of Impact Engine, a social impact venture fund; Ted Gonder, CEO of Moneythink, a financial education nonprofit; David Friedman, CEO AutonomyWorks, a for-profit technology firm that employs autistic individuals, and Christina Hachikian, SEI executive director. The panel will be moderated by Benjamin Reeves, Senior Editor of Worthmagazine.
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Questions? Ally Batty, Ally.Batty@chicagobooth.edu

The Evolving State of Alternative Finance
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 |  9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.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.
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Questions? Annie Le, annie.le@chicagobooth.edu

College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) Finals
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-10 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted By: UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join the Polsky Center and UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurships for the finals of the 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, Sokowatch, and Moneythink grow into successful businesses.
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Questions? Jerry Huang, jhuang@uchicago.edu

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.
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Questions? Aurelie Desgardin, adesgard@uchicago.edu

Chicago Angels Network (CAN) Spring Pitch
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (GMT+1)
Where: Chicago Booth in London, Woolgate Exchange, 1st floor
(25 Basinghall St., London, United Kingdom)
Who Should Attend: All members of the Chicago Booth community, UChicago community, and open to the public
Hosted by: Chicago Booth Alumni Club of the United Kingdom and Chicago Angels Network (CAN)
About: The Chicago Angels Network will be hosting its Spring pitch event in London. You are invited to join and listen to the latest generation of entrepreneurs pitch their new business ideas. Companies invited to pitch will be announced by the end of April. Chicago Angels Network (CAN) is a London-based Chicago Booth alumni group that connects investors and entrepreneurs. CAN has achieved over $1M in facilitated funding, broad recognition, and a positive reputation in the London venture space. 
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Questions: Chicago Angels Network, info@chicagoangelsnetwork.com

UChicago Innovation Fund 2017 Spring Cycle Finals
When: Wednesday May 31, 2017 | 11:30 a.m - 3:30 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: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join the Polsky Center for the final pitches of five teams to the Innovation Fund Advisory Committee, an esteemed group of judges made up of investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry experts. Companies 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.
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Questions? Steve Lehmann, slehmann@uchicago.edu

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.
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Questions? appchallenge@lists.uchicago.edu

Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) Finals
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join the Polsky Center 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. Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. An overflow room will be available for anyone who cannot find a seat. Registration online does not guarantee a seat in Room C-25.
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Questions? Hannah Williams, hannah.williams@chicagobooth.edu

Simulcast from Chicago: Watch Party of the Polsky Innovation Fest NVC Finals Winners
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Where: Chicago Booth San Francisco Office (425 California Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA)
Who Should Attend:  All local members of the Booth community, UChicago community, and open to the public
Hosted by: The Bay Area Alumni Club and the West Coast Alumni Relations office
About: You are invited to the West Coast Alumni Relations office to watch this year’s New Venture Challenge winners’ announcements. Network with professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, and hear updates about the Entrepreneur Network and Founder’s Club. Food and beverages provided.
Cost: Free
Register: No registration required.
Questions? LeeAnn Mutchler, leeann.mutchler@chicagobooth.edu

Polsky Innovation Showcase
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Winter Garden (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and IT Services
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.
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Questions? Mary Naset, mnaset@uchicago.edu