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June 29, 2022 | Tom Ballard

U of Chicago’s “Compass” deep tech accelerator supports faculty and lab researchers

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has announced the six teams that will participate in the latest cohort of “Compass,” its deep tech accelerator program for University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory researchers.

The program, which is designed for early stage start-ups and technologies, draws on expertise from across the university ecosystem, connecting teams with Business Development Fellows from the Chicago Booth School of Business. The teams are led by Fellows who collaborate closely with the founding scientific team.

Benefits of participating in “Compass” include:

  • Ecosystem Introductions: Gaining access to experienced investors and industry experts for early feedback through the Polsky Center’s extensive network.
  • Mentorship and Educational Training: Receiving guidance and support from Polsky Center staff and coaches through regular goal-setting meetings and educational training on a variety of essential business development topics.
  • Talent and Funding: Support sourcing business talent to help the scientific team launch out of the university or lab, and support in pursuing early stage sources of funding, such as grants, seed funding, and through the George Shultz Innovation Fund, which invests up to $250,000 in start-ups.

Click here to learn more about the six teams.

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