What is Innovate@UIC?

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What is Innovate@UIC?

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What is Innovate@UIC?

Lately, Innovate@UIC seems to be making many appearances. 

So…what is Innovate@UIC?

Innovate@UIC is designed to nurture innovation and the commercialization of research and intellectual property at UIC. Innovate@UIC develops and coordinates activities that provide education and support for UIC and UIC affiliated innovators looking to license a product, build a new venture or fund a start-up.

Founded by the UIC Chancellor’s Innovation Fund, EnterpriseWorks Chicago, the UIC Office of Technology Management, and IllinoisVENTURES, LLC, Innovate@UIC’s primary goal is to improve the quality of startups coming out of the UIC innovation community by FOSTERING, PROTECTING, ACCELERATING and FUNDING early stage, commercially viable innovation.

Commercializing complex research can be complex in itself.  Innovate@UIC founders believe a successful path to commercialization is best navigated when coordinated. Under the umbrella of Innovate@UIC innovators can find resources and a community of support.

Best described by the leadership of the founding departments, the collaborative is explained in the short video below.