On January 1, 2013, AbbVie was founded, a global biopharmaceutical company with the focus and capabilities to address some of the world’s greatest health challenges. AbbVie has the stability, resources, expertise, and passion to discover, develop, and bring to market groundbreaking science to solve the biggest health problems that face the world today and tomorrow.
The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America. Founded in 1931, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help approximately 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow.Our business is focused on individuals, families and the communities where they live. In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities.
Archer Daniels Midland Company is one of the largest agricultural processors in the world. Serving as a vital link between farmers and consumers, we take crops and process them to make food ingredients, animal feed ingredients, renewable fuels and naturally derived alternatives to industrial chemicals. Founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1923, ADM is headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, and operates processing and manufacturing facilities across the United States and worldwide. Through our extensive global distribution facilities and capabilities, ADM makes a significant contribution to the world’s economy and quality of life.
Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s oldest and largest national laboratories for science and engineering research. Argonne applies a unique mix of world-class science, engineering and user facilities to deliver innovative research and technologies.
A leader in healthcare for more than 75 years, Baxter assists healthcare professionals and their patients with treatment of complex medical conditions. Information on our business, leadership and history are available here.
Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. We are also a leading financial services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services. We have a long history of innovation and using leading edge technology to provide customer solutions. Whether we're researching ways to move more dirt with less fuel, developing products that generate fewer emissions or exploring autonomous vehicle solutions, our strength is integrating customer feedback with ideas and actions to ensure our customers' success. Now and in the future.
Established in 2002, the Chicago Innovation Awards shine a bright light on the creative spirit of Chicago by focusing attention on the most significant new products and services introduced in the region. The winners each year are innovations that uniquely fill unmet needs, spark a competitive response in the marketplace, exceed market expectations, achieve financial success, and improve people’s lives. They emerge from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Most importantly, the Chicago Innovation Awards remind us that innovation is thriving in America’s heartland. The Chicago Innovation Awards has grown to be much more than just an award ceremony. Through many events over the course of the year, the Chicago Innovation Awards not only recognize nominees and winners, but also provide valuable connections through business networking and development opportunities, as well as teaching on best innovation practices through mentoring, scholarship, panel discussions, and education courses.
Comcast was founded in 1963 as a single-system cable operation. Today, we’re the country’s largest provider of cable services, and one of the world’s leading communications companies. We’re focused on broadband cable, commerce, and content. We deliver digital services, provide faster Internet and clearer broadband phone service, and develop and deliver innovative programming.
Commonwealth Edison Company, perhaps better known as ComEd, is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). Exelon is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, with approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.
Danfoss engineers technologies that enable the world of tomorrow to do more with less. We meet the growing need for infrastructure, food supply, energy efficiency and climate-friendly solutions. We play an active role in the main growth themes in a world that is rapidly changing: infrastructure, food, energy and climate are the focus of our business. Cities for millions that touch the sky. A richer harvest to feed a growing world. Keeping food fresh and our children warm in a world that can make more out of less.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy by providing leadership and resources for qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of high energy physics and related disciplines.
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google Chicago, one of the original Google offices, opened in the Fall of 2000. Fast forward 13 years and the Google office is home to over 500 Googlers representing all sorts of key organizations in the company including our engineers who develop products used by people around the world, and our sales teams who help advertisers big and small engage their target markets. In 2012, Google helped over 72,000 Illinois businesses and nonprofits generate over $5.5 billion in economic activity.
Grainger is a business-to-business distributor of products used to maintain, repair or operate facilities. Millions of businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for pumps, motors, hand tools, janitorial supplies, fasteners and much more. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, government and hospitality. More than 4,000 manufacturers supply Grainger with the 1 million products that are stocked in Grainger’s branches and distribution centers or sourced through a network of suppliers.
We are a biopharmaceutical company that is developing and commercializing innovative medicines to target unmet therapeutic needs in arthritis, pain and inflammatory diseases. Our strategy is to commercialize our products in the US, to explore co-promotion opportunities for DUEXIS - a novel tablet formulation containing a fixed-dose combination of ibuprofen and famotidine in a single pill - in the US, and to enter into licensing or additional distribution agreements for commercialization of our products outside the US.
Founded in 1890, IIT is a Ph.D.-granting university with more than 7,500 students in engineering, sciences, architecture, psychology, design, humanities, business and law. IIT’s interprofessional, technology-focused curriculum is designed to advance knowledge through research and scholarship, to cultivate invention improving the human condition, and to prepare students from throughout the world for a life of professional achievement, service to society, and individual fulfillment. Visit www.iit.edu
Created by an act of the Illinois State Legislature in 1941, the Illinois Medical District (IMD) is the largest urban healthcare, educational, research and technology district in the nation. The District includes 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, raw development area, universities, public safety institutions and more than 40 healthcare-related facilities.
Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has seen a great many changes in its business, its products, its services. Change always comes with opportunity. And Deere has always been ready and willing to embrace it. Yet, through it all, John Deere is still dedicated to those who are linked to the land – farmers and ranchers, landowners, builders, and loggers. And Deere has never outgrown, nor forgotten, its founder's original core values. Those values determine the way we work, the quality we offer, and the unsurpassed treatment you get as a customer, investor, employee.
The John G. Shedd Aquarium, a nonprofit institution dedicated to public education and conservation, is among the world’s largest indoor aquariums. The facility houses more than 32,600 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Since its opening in 1930, the aquarium’s mission has been to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the aquatic world. Today, this educational goal has gained urgency as more species acquire endangered status. Shedd Aquarium is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species.
Loyola University Chicago, a private university founded in 1870 as St. Ignatius College, is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic Universities and the only one located in Chicago. Shaped by our city and Jesuit traditions, Loyola University Chicago offers students an unmatched educational experience. We come from all faiths and backgrounds, with a common purpose of building a better society. Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Corporation is a multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, as of the third quarter of 2009, Microsoft was ranked as the third largest company in the world.
As a leading provider of electronic components and solutions, Molex views innovation as a tool for solving complex customer challenges. This philosophy has helped us not only create many pioneering electronic solutions, but also build a globally recognized company. Through standard-setting products, high-performance people and a globally collaborative process, we are committed to anticipating tomorrow's needs and helping our customers engineer breakthroughs that make the world better.
Motorola exists to invent, build and deliver the best mobile devices on the planet, improving the lives of millions of people. Motorola created the mobile communications industry. We invented most of the protocols and technologies that make mobile communications possible, including the first mobile phone, the first base station, and most everything in between.
On any given day, every moment matters to someone, somewhere. And every moment, Motorola Solutions’ innovations, products, and services play essential roles in people’s lives. We do this by connecting them to seamless communication networks, applications and services, by providing them with real-time information, and by arming them with intuitive, nearly indestructible handheld devices. We help people be their best in the moments that matter. This is our purpose.
Northern Illinois University is among the nation’s premier regional public universities. Located in one of the most dynamic regions of the country, NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of more than 25,000.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Our mission is to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, delivering superior capability in tandem with maximized cost efficiency. The security solutions we provide help secure freedoms for our nation as well as those of our allies. Squarely meeting our obligations, fiscally and technologically, isn’t just a business goal, but a moral imperative. To that end, as we evolve as a company, the responsibility we feel for our country and the citizens and troops we help support grows with us.
Research thrives at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, and often with partners at Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and local universities, interdisciplinary teams work to solve society’s problems and facilitate clinical and commercial use of their innovations. The interdisciplinary culture already exists throughout Northwestern University. More than 90 school-based centers and 20 University centers support interdisciplinary research on Northwestern's two lakeshore campuses.
State Farm is a group of insurance and financial services companies in the United States. The company also has operations in Canada. The group's main business is State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, a mutual insurance firm that also owns the other State Farm companies. The corporate headquarters are in Bloomington, Illinois. State Farm is ranked 44th in the 2013 Fortune 500, which lists American companies by revenue
From its humble beginnings as the state’s second teachers college – founded in 1869 with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 – Southern Illinois University Carbondale now ranks among Illinois’ most comprehensive public universities.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. (TPUSA) is committed to strive toward better health for patients through leading innovation in medicine. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company and one with a 230-year heritage. Takeda’s U.S. clinical development activities are conducted via Takeda Development Center Americas, Inc.. Our mission is simple and compelling: we are committed to strive toward better health for patients worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Our commitment to patients, employees, partners, and the larger community gives us the purpose to build on the tremendous success we enjoy as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry.
UI LABS is a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative, bringing Universities, Industry and Government together to define problems, design partnerships and deliver scalable solutions to tomorrow’s most important challenges. UI LABS unites Universities, Industry and Government to solve complex challenges no one sector or player could address on their own.
The University of Chicago brings together the brightest minds to tackle the most challenging problems facing humanity. One of the world’s greatest intellectual communities and centers of learning, UChicago has achieved this distinction through faculty scholarship, the training of graduate students, and an undergraduate education that emphasizes critical thinking and broad interdisciplinary exposure to a full range of intellectual discovery. UChicago manages, supports, and engages with two major federal research centers where cutting-edge science is always underway: Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind.
The University of Illinois is the state's best and most comprehensive public university. The three distinct campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield serve the people of Illinois through a shared commitment to our missions of excellence in teaching, research, public service and economic development. Online classes offered by the three campuses expand educational opportunities for residents of the state of Illinois and beyond. The University has an impact on and presence across the state.
For more than 100 years, USG has built an ever-growing portfolio of groundbreaking products backed by unparalleled service. In the last decade, we have demonstrated our resilience by continuing to invest in purposeful innovation, expanding into different markets and by working smarter and faster. All to help our customers achieve their visions. Our commitment to innovation and focus on you, our customer is driven by a desire to help architects, contractors and workers alike to not only build better structures, but to build a better world.
Founded in 2003 as a spin-out of Carnegie Mellon University, over 500 organizations across 5 continents use Wellspring products today. Wellspring Worldwide unifies the process of discovery for organizations that transform knowledge into innovation. The corporate mission is to provide advanced software infrastructure to identify and capture value from our customers’ Knowledge Supply Chains.