How do I get 100 hours of free application development?
If you’re accepted and complete the requirements, we will build you a minimum viable product (MVP)
What happens if I get accepted?
- Some ideas are at the proof-of-concept stage, some are further along and need a minimum viable product, and others are ready to beta. We will help you build what’s appropriate.
- You present your project to your peers.
What happens if I don’t get accepted?
- You may be asked to apply again after doing more research on your problem.
- You may be referred to another program, such as the following:
- Innovation Fund: https://cie.uchicago.edu/innovation-fund
- Venture Challenges: https://research.chicagobooth.edu/nvc
- I-Corps: https://icorps.uchicago.edu/
- ITM: http://itm.uchicago.edu/itm-funding-opportunities/
- Big Ideas Generator: http://big.uchicago.edu/funding
Do I have to be a programmer or fancy entrepreneur to enter? Nope.
It’s easy to develop something, but it’s hard to get a good idea. UChicago and Chicago Medicine students, faculty, staff alumni, and Polsky members are all eligible to apply.
What kinds of ideas are you looking for?
Take a look at some of our past projects to see the types of ideas that we accept.
Does it have to specific to UCHICAGO?
What do I need to prepare to enter?
How much work does it take to enter?
What could I win?
Who’s sponsoring? Is this a new thing?
Who owns what in the process?
- if the code is only to be used as part of an ongoing University project for an app that will be offered from the University’s iTunes account, it will be transferred internally (for subsequent external distribution of the code, contact the Polsky Center).
- if the app will be owned by you and is not part of a larger University project involving other University-owned intellectual property, then the code will be licensed to you without charge.
- if the app is part of a larger University project involving other University-owned intellectual property (e.g., a patent or other software), then ownership of the code may be licensed to you under terms consistent with the licensing of the other intellectual property.
For further details, contact the Polsky Center.
How big can my team be?
Can I submit more than one entry?
Can I be on more than one team?
Can I enter and win both the New Venture Challenge and UChicago App Challenge?
If I’m developing a tool already, with my own resources and programmers, can I enter the UChicago App Challenge?
- Your app must not be published in an app store until after the NVC.
- You will still need to submit an entry for the UChicago App Challenge. Under the question “Do you already have resources for your idea?” choose “I’m already working on this app….”. We’ll follow up with you afterwards to talk about the tool in greater detail.