10 10, 2019

U of Illinois Lands $50K Grant to Create More Female-Founded Tech Companies

By |2019-10-10T07:39:12+00:00October 10th, 2019|Illinois|0 Comments

A women-focused accelerator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign just landed a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help strengthen resources and support for female-founded tech companies. U of I’s EnterpriseWorks Incubator’s AWARE (accelerating women and underrepresented entrepreneurs) is one of 60 accelerators and incubators that were awarded the grant, which is part of a [...]

27 08, 2019

Cargill to open innovation lab at University of Illinois

By |2019-08-27T09:22:47+00:00August 27th, 2019|Corporate, Illinois|0 Comments

Cargill has announced a new partnership with the University of Illinois under which the Minneapolis-based company’s digital labs team of scientists will work alongside university students at a new Cargill Innovation Lab located at the Urbana-Champaign campus. As part of the partnership, Innovation Lab students and staff will work directly with Cargill business leaders, operations [...]

25 07, 2019

UI, OSF research partnership on medical innovations getting $50 million boost

By |2019-07-25T08:53:46+00:00July 25th, 2019|Illinois|0 Comments

A new process for “bioprinting” individualized human heart models, to help surgeons practice for heart operations. A virtual-reality training program for intubations, now being used by medical institutions across the U.S. and abroad. A simulator to train medical professionals how to connect patients to machines that pump and oxygenate blood outside the body when the [...]

6 06, 2019

Chicago companies are attracting major venture funding 

By |2019-06-06T09:32:11+00:00June 6th, 2019|Illinois, Venture Capital|0 Comments

The University of Chicago has secured $75 million in grant funding, according to company database Crunchbase, topping the city’s recent funding headlines. The cash infusion was announced May 28 and financed by Pritzker Foundation. According to its Crunchbase profile, "The University of Chicago is not only a university in Chicago, Illinois, but also a university for Chicago. In [...]

25 04, 2019

Deerfield, University of Illinois team up on $65M translational research deal

By |2019-04-25T10:09:40+00:00April 25th, 2019|Illinois, Translational Research|0 Comments

Deerfield Management and the University of Illinois at Chicago are joining forces to speed up the path to the clinic—and eventually to market—for new drugs discovered at the university. The pair is setting up a company called West Loop Innovation with up to $65 million in funding from Deerfield. In addition to the $65 million, which is [...]

31 01, 2019

University of Illinois incubator promotes startups 

By |2019-01-31T10:07:29+00:00January 31st, 2019|Accelerator/incubator, Illinois|0 Comments

Established in 2003, EnterpriseWorks is an incubator facility based at Research Park. No other facility in Illinois has received as much federal funding, in the form of Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer Research grants, as this University-owned technology startup haven. Unlike most other incubators, Laura Frerichs, director of Research Park, said [...]

4 01, 2019

U Chicago researchers broaden impact by bringing scientific discoveries to market 

By |2019-01-04T08:25:08+00:00January 4th, 2019|Illinois, Startup Fund|0 Comments

Few people get a bigger whiff of the entrepreneurial spirit taking hold among biosciences faculty members than Thelma Tennant. “I walk down the halls of the lab buildings regularly,” Tennant said, “and I don’t think I’ve made it to a meeting without having someone come out a door and say, ‘Hey, I’ve been meaning to call [...]

6 12, 2018

How the New Venture Challenge Is Helping Cement Chicago’s Reputation as the Next Great Startup Hub 

By |2018-12-06T08:42:14+00:00December 6th, 2018|Competition, Illinois, Student Funds|0 Comments

At first glance, Tovala’s Chicago headquarters looks like an ordinary apartment. But upon opening the front door to the office space, located in the city’s River West neighborhood, visitors are greeted with an open space filled with boxes, home goods and employees buzzing like worker bees. Some cooked in the test kitchen. Others sat at their [...]

14 11, 2018

Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University launch joint nanoscience program

By |2018-11-14T08:50:54+00:00November 14th, 2018|Corporate, Illinois, Israel|0 Comments

A new collaborative venture between Northwestern University and Tel Aviv University brings together researchers and students in the field of nanotechnology through joint research and development projects, student exchange programs and research grants. Under the new partnership, two researchers from each university will receive post-doctoral fellowships supporting two years of research at the partner institution. [...]

30 10, 2018

2018 Fall Cohort Finalists Selected for the UChicago Innovation Fund

By |2018-10-30T08:16:46+00:00October 30th, 2018|Illinois, New Investments/Awards, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|0 Comments

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has announced the five companies moving on to the fall finals of the 2018 University of Chicago Innovation Fund. Each of the finalists will present their ventures to the Innovation Fund advisory committee and public audience in an event hosted by the Polsky Center [...]