Startup City Scholars

Applications have now closed for the Spring 2020 session

JOIN THE GRAINGER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FOR A SEMESTER-LONG STUDY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO POLSKY CENTER.

City Scholars is excited to announce a new track for entrepreneurial College of Engineering students. Students are now able to spend a semester in Chicago 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.

Work on Your Student-led Start-up or Join a Start-up Team

  • Participate in the first-ever 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 in Chicago working on a student-led venture.
  • Teams in this course are eligible to win prizes in the form of SAFE funds from a pool of up to $35,000!
  • Meet Chicago’s tech leaders and investors who can help launch your company and compete for a pool of investment.

Study in Chicago

  • Receive credit for University of Chicago’s CNVC course through University of Illinois’ TE 398 course.
  • Take courses in person and online from Chicago.
  • Learn from College of Engineering faculty in small class sizes.
  • Take select 200-400 level CS, ECE, and TE courses offered in the program

Live in Chicago

  • Live with classmates in Chicago campus apartments or on your own.
  • Experience the City of Chicago with unique access to museums, parks, events and programs.
  • Take advantage of the cultural diversity of the city with neighborhood festivals, great food and sporting events.
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