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Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Investor type University Program
Founders Ellen Rudnick Steven Kaplan


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Total investments 26
Average round size
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Portfolio companies 26
Rounds per year 1.04
Lead investments 1
Exits 1
Key employees Soon
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • E-Commerce
  • Mobile
  • Education
  • Health Care

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation appeared to be the VC, which was created in 1996. The main office of represented VC is situated in the Chicago. The venture was found in North America in United States.

The common things for fund are deals in the range of 1 - 5 millions dollars. The fund is generally included in 2-6 deals every year. Opposing the other organizations, this Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation works on 25 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments. Speaking about the real fund results, this VC is 16 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The top activity for fund was in 2014.

Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Education, Food and Beverage. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight OpenShelf, Ascent. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 6-10 years to receive the investment from the fund.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 1-2 participants. Despite the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, startups are often financed by Ryan Barr, Red Rock Ventures, Paul Wood. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Temerity Capital Partners, Foundation Capital, Doug Monieson. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, Wells Fargo, University of Chicago.

The fund was created by Ellen Rudnick, Steven Kaplan.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Pippin Title

$450K15 Jun 2020 New York, New York, United States

LongD Services

Public Transportation
14 Aug 2018 Chicago, Illinois, United States

$750K28 Mar 2018 Chicago, Illinois, United States


Financial Services
Legal Tech
$6M01 Mar 2018 Chicago, Illinois, United States


Health Care
Higher Education
$100K01 Jun 2017 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tap Recorder

04 Jun 2015 Belmont, California, United States


Online Portals
04 Jun 2014 Boca Raton, Florida, United States


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