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.


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 cancer therapeutics, improving disease diagnostics, increasing quality of education and training, creating green-tech energy solutions, and more.

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.

Disclose Your Invention

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

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.

Step-By-Step Guide for Inventors

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

Review Policies

Learn about the University of Chicago’s policies related to Statute 18 of the University of Chicago Statutes.

Find Funding

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

Contact Us

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

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