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Innovate@UIC fosters, protects, accelerates, and funds early stage innovation.

This initiative coordinates activities around campus that provide education and support for UIC faculty and students looking to license a product, start a venture, or fund a startup. Through Innovate@UIC, we will increase the impact of UIC innovations and support the culture of innovation at UIC.



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Innovate@UIC Programming Methodologies


POC Accelerator
SBIR/STTR Consulting
Consulting by Innovate@UIC

SBIR/STTR Education
Startup Series
Hi-Tech Commercialization Workshops

CIF Proof of Concept Awards Program
CIF Seed & Equity Investments



Mon, 08/15 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Summer 2016 Startup Series - Preparing the Pitch
Mon, 07/11 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Summer 2016 Startup Series - Management Teams
Mon, 07/18 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Summer 2016 Startup Series - Operating the Back Office of a Startup
Mon, 06/13 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Summer 2016 Startup Series - Intellectual Property Basics
Mon, 06/20 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Summer 2016 Startup Series - Demystifying Investors
Tue, 06/21 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The 2015 UIC Innovator & Inventor of the Year Celebration

All Innovate@UIC Events emphasize the educating attendees on complex components of commercialization while also providing networking opportunities with our entrepreneurial community.


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  • Illinois Ventures

    IllinoisVENTURES is a premier seed and early-stage technology investment firm focused on research-derived companies in information technologies, physical sciences, life sciences and clean technology. We start and build globally-competitive businesses based on work conducted at Midwest Universities and federal laboratories. We bring together leading researchers and entrepreneurs to mold concepts, vision, intellectual property, sweat and passion into breakthrough, high-growth companies. Conceived and launched by the University of Illinois, we have been consistently named by Entrepreneur magazine to its national list of the top 100 venture capital firms.

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  • Office of Technology Management

    The Office of Technology Management's mission is to encourage innovation, enhance research and facilitate economic development through the effective management, transfer, and commercialization of UIC technologies and intellectual property. OTM's focus is on ensuring the results of the outstanding research at UIC are successfully transferred outside the University to drive economic growth in the State of Illinois and benefit the general public.

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  • EnterpriseWorks Chicago

    A startup for startups, EnterpriseWorks Chicago (EWC) is a university based operation charged with creating a robust entrepreneurial community to nurture commercialization and accelarate viable high technology startups throughout the Chicagoland community. EWC's function is to engage the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, leverage University wide assets, and provide entrepreneurs in the community access to resources within and beyond the University to create viable startups that contribute economic benefit to the State of Illinois.

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  • The Chancellor's Innovation Fund

    The UIC Chancellor's Innovation Fund (CIF) is a hybrid proof of concept and equity investment fund with an expected commitment of $2 million per year for 5 years. The CIF has been established at UIC by the Office of the Chancellor in partnership with IllinoisVENTURES to support the commercialization of technology developed by faculty, staff and students at UIC.

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Community Effort

No successful initiative operates in a bubble.
We will need the help of the entire UIC innovation community to ensure the success of our goals.

Are you involved in innovation at UIC? Join us in building Innovate@UIC

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We make a concerted effort to keep everyone in our community up to date on success stories, opportunities and useful information.

But we don't just want you to follow along, we want you to contribute. If you have or know of a story related to innovation in our UIC innovation community,

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Innovate@UIC has its thumb on the pulse of innovation and entrepreneurship around the UIC Campus. Visit our newsletter to see what’s happening on campus and what you can do to help strengthen the Innovate@UIC community.

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