Startup City Scholars

JOIN THE GRAINGER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FOR AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO POLSKY CENTER.

Students can participate with their own startup idea or join a team with an idea already in progress.

Through the Startup City Scholar track, students are able to spend a semester as a City Scholar and also be a part of the prestigious College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) hosted by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago. The CNVC is the undergraduate track of the University’s business launch program, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC), which is a nationally-ranked accelerator program. The Startup City Scholars program launch was made possible through generous support from The Caruso Foundation.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Startup City Scholars Plans for Spring 2022

  • Participate in the joint College New Venture Challenge class between the University of Chicago and University of Illinois – for credit!
  • Applicants may be eligible for a $5,000 scholarship to spend the semester working on a student-led venture.
  • UIUC lead teams must include a University of Chicago student on your team.
  • Accepted teams are eligible to win prizes in the form of SAFE funds from a pool of up to $100,000!
  • Meet Chicago’s tech leaders and investors who can help launch your company.

Take Classes at the University of Chicago and UIUC

  • Receive credit for University of Chicago’s CNVC through University of Illinois’ TE 398 course – taught in person at the University of Chicago.
  • Take UIUC courses in person at Discovery Partners Institute and online.
  • Access to select 200-400 level CS, ECE, and TE courses offered exclusively for the City Scholars program

Live in Chicago

  • Live in Chicago – with other students or on your own. City Scholars offers recommended housing options.
  • Networking and professional development events connect you with City Scholars students in a semester-long cohort.

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