Chicago Innovators: A Local Hub For Successful Startups

Since 1996, Chicago Booth’s New Venture Challenge has helped launch nearly 370 companies that remain active today.

Chicago Innovators: A Local Hub For Successful Startups
The second-place winner, GG Leagues, of the 2019 New Venture Challenge finals. Courtesy of the Polsky Center
Chicago Innovators: A Local Hub For Successful Startups
The second-place winner, GG Leagues, of the 2019 New Venture Challenge finals. Courtesy of the Polsky Center

Chicago Innovators: A Local Hub For Successful Startups

Since 1996, Chicago Booth’s New Venture Challenge has helped launch nearly 370 companies that remain active today.

For more than two decades, the New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has served as an innovation hub for startups and entrepreneurs. On Wednesday, a dozen teams will pitch their business plans for a chance of at least $1 million in investment during the 25th anniversary finals.

Reset brings on a co-founder of the annual competition and an alumni company to discuss Chicago Booth’s legacy of supporting startups and what makes the New Venture Challenge distinctive from other university-based accelerator programs.

GUESTS: Steve Kaplan, co-founder of the New Venture Challenge; Booth professor of entrepreneurship and finance; faculty director of the Polsky Center

Katlin Smith, founder and CEO of Simple Mills