• Chicago innovation exchange's Business Incubator 

    The Business Incubator at the CIE provides space, mentorship, and support to early-stage startups, helping them achieve critical milestones and grow into sustainable businesses.

    Who should apply? 

    The Business Incubator is open to early-stage startups with a dedicated, full-time team. Current participants include entrepreneurs from the South Side of Chicago, recent UChicago graduates, graduate school alumni, faculty, and staff.

    How would my company benefit?

    • Monthly mentoring sessions with experienced staff, focused on product development, goal setting, and accountability

    • Customized introductions to experts in your field through CIE’s extensive network

    • Monthly training sessions on topics such as pitching investors or sales, with expert speakers and coaches

    • Dedicated legal support through the UChicago Law School Innovation Clinic

    • Dedicated desk and storage space, mail, and meeting rooms

    • Preferential access to all of CIE’s mentors, workshops, classes, and events

    • Opportunities to network and learn from other incubator companies

    How Much Does it Cost?

    Companies pay $200 per month per desk. The CIE does not take equity in BI companies, but does reserve the right to invest in the next institutional round of funding.

  • Apply online

    Our deadline for Spring applications is March 9th. 

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    Incubated Companies

    34,000+ square ft. 

    Incubation and co-working space


    Raised by CIE entrepreneurs

  • Contact Us

    Don't be afraid to reach out. Fill out the form below or reach out directly to our Director of Operations, Tom Ancona, at ancona@uchicago.edu