DISCOVER COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Hosted by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Ideation Sessions offer an intimate workshop setting for students and ideators to discuss potential business applications and commercialization opportunities for new research or technologies, both from the University of Chicago and elsewhere. Ideation Sessions allow students and researchers to engage and potentially create partnerships to join projects, commercialize research, or advance promising intellectual property.
The Polsky Center sources opportunities from a variety of partners. Partners include, but are not limited to, departments associated with the University of Chicago. Examples include Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences (the Medical Center, Pritzker School of Medicine, Department of Computer Science, Institute of Translational Medicine, Computation Institute, and Institute of Molecular Engineering), as well as Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The Polsky Center works closely with UChicago’s office of technology transfer (UChicagoTech), UChicago alumni, and other Chicagoland technology transfer offices and medical centers to identify promising opportunities. If you have a project you would like to share, please email us.
Ideators, meaning anyone presenting an idea (researchers, technologists, and subject matter experts), gain the chance to showcase their research, technology, or ideas. Through discussions with students, ideators develop a better understanding of the next steps they may need to take to pursue a business opportunity. Further, ideators have the chance to network with University of Chicago students and alumni with whom they may be interested in partnering with in order to embark upon any of the following aspirations: further academic study, market research, a business partnership, or participation in an academic competition such as the New Venture Challenge. If you have a project you would like to share, please email us.
Students gain the opportunity to learn more about a particular field of study, technology, or a given researcher and are asked to actively participate in a discussion about an idea. They showcase their business experience and academic rigor by asking questions and posing suggestions that may pertain to a market opportunity, competitive landscape, or business model. Students also gain the opportunity to network with ideators, who may be seeking to build partnerships with students in order to better-explore a business opportunity. It is important to note that partnerships with ideators are not guaranteed outcome of ideation sessions, but are dependent upon an ideator’s needs and interpersonal dynamics.
Offer forums to learn about innovative projects lead by world-class researchers, scientists, and ideators at the University of Chicago.
Facilitate discussions to envision possible pathways and next steps to advance innovative projects.
Help build interdisciplinary teams to work on projects and set milestones for success.
Actively build a community to support the advancement of projects and make an impact in the world.
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. The center supports entrepreneurial learning and collaboration through its cutting-edge curriculum, innovative hands-on learning experiences, leading faculty research, conferences, mentorship, and community and global outreach programs.
The following members of the Polsky Center team manage the Collaboratorium.
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