Chicago Booth's Energy Foundry Venture Capital Investment Competition
The Energy Foundry Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) is a student-run winter quarter event coordinated by the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital (EVC) group and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth. The VCIC allows students to think and act as venture capitalists and helps the school identify top student representatives for regional and national intercollegiate competitions. Experienced investors act as judges and evaluate students’ interactions with real-life entrepreneurs. The competition is targeted to UChicago students, but offers valuable networking opportunities for all attendees.
Chicago Booth's VCIC began in 2005 under the leadership of faculty coordinator Scott Meadow. Between 2005 and 2015, Chicago Booth teams won the regional competition seven times, and, in 2010, the Booth team won first place in the national competition. The 2017 competition comes after a particularly momentous year for the school. In 2016, two Booth teams were invited to regional competitions, where they both took first place. The teams then advanced to the global finals and won second place and the Entrepreneur’s Choice Award, respectively.
The 2017 VCIC is made possible through the support of the following sponsors: