About the Adventure Capital Challenge

Modern careers are long and varied. As Chicago Booth graduates navigate the workplace, they are challenged to continually reinvent themselves. While some remain in a single industry or a particular family of roles, many make bold mid-career transitions or undertake temporary explorations in pursuit of an underlying passion or a lifelong personal interest.

The Adventure Capital Challenge encourages Chicago Booth alumni considering such a transition to explore a new personal passion or nurture a nascent professional interest. To date, the Adventure Capital Challenge has supported three projects:

  • The Give Black Foundation: Create a centralized resource for people to find and vet Black charities.

  • The Slow Furniture Project: Learn the "centuries-old skill of woodworking to become self-sufficient, empowered and more appreciative of the objects in our every-day life" and create an online resource to inspire others to do the same.

  • Songwriter's Symphony: This project explores the creation of a business structure around an ever-evolving live show that marries a full symphony orchestra with performances by top country music original songwriters.

You can watch project presentations and Q&A from a 2017 information session here.

To enable your exploration, the Adventure Capital Challenge invites you to apply for a one-time grant of up to $15,000 to help you pursue a short-term, full- or part-time, “exploratory” project with a tangible outcome.

Participants will scope their project and determine its duration, with 3 to 6 months as a recommended timeline. Selected participants will be matched with an alumni mentor and program officer to chart a path for their projects, set deliverables, and document the journey so it can be shared with the broader Booth community.

The written application for the Adventure Capital Challenge opens on April 28, 2018 and closes June 3, 2018. Further details and qualification criteria can be found on the Apply page. 

Visit the FAQ section of this site for more details on the history of the ACC program.