University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

At the Polsky Exchange, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides significant resources and programming for community entrepreneurs, as part of the University of Chicago’s commitment to supporting strong, vibrant communities in the neighborhoods surrounding its South Side campus.


The Polsky Exchange is a 34,000 square-foot coworking space for early stage startups and entrepreneurs. Located on 53rd Street in Hyde Park, the Polsky Exchange features an on-site digital fabrication and prototyping lab, mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders, and more than 450 events and workshops each year. Membership is free to all current UChicago students, faculty, and staff. Of its 3,500 total members, 20 percent come from the Chicago South Side community and have no prior affiliation with UChicago.  Polsky offerings also include the Small Business Growth Program, providing free 10-week consulting engagements for small business, and connections to University purchasing opportunities through the UChicago Local program. 


Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Angel Investment
  • Loans

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Science/Bioscience Seminars
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Subcontracting Opportunities


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace
  • Site Location Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Technology Transfer


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
Primary ContactEJ Reedy
Address1452 E. %3rd St
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone(777) 702-2076