The Partnership for a Connected Illinois, Inc. (PCI), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Springfield, Illinois. PCI has a three-fold mission: (a) to collect and publish broadband data, (b) to ensure broadband access throughout the State, and (c) to maximize broadband’s impact and use.
C²ST will be an advocate for regional science policy and among the nation’s leading source of information on policy issues of science and technology. In establishing the Chicago Council on Science and Technology in 2006, the founders sought to bring together Chicago’s scientific leaders – academic, corporate, government, museums, universities and national laboratories- to provide a forum for the discussion of current issues of scientific interest.
Catalyze Chicago is a non-profit coworking space dedicated to Chicago's hardware focused entrepreneurs. This West Loop studio hosts a community of designers, engineers, hackers, makers, movers and shakers. The first of its kind in the city, we provide not only shared office and workspace, but also access to tools and the broad expertise of a uniquely talented community. As a not-for-profit entity and users of our own space, we are committed to 100% reinvestment to provide our members the best possible resources we can. We are also avid supporters of the arts and sciences, dedicated to sharing the wonders of design and engineering with local students, colleges and museum communities.
Chicago Innovation Mentors supports university-based and local new technology innovation ventures through the use of mentor teams. CIM works with each science-based mentee venture to encourage innovation, catalyze tech commercialization, strengthen the ecosystem necessary to support entrepreneurs, enhance local economic development and embrace risk taking.
CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. CMAP developed and now guides the implementation of GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago’s first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, GO TO 2040 establishes coordinated strategies that help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.
Northeastern Illinois was awarded the ‘Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership’ (IMCP) designation in June, 2014 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This program is designed to accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in communities nationwide by supporting the development of long-term economic development strategies that help communities attract and expand private investment in the manufacturing sector and increase international trade and exports. Out of this effort, the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) was formed as a group of more than 45 organizations across the region supporting this work. CMMC has set forth six strategies for growing the region's metal manufacturing sector: workforce and training, supplier network, research and innovation, infrastructure and site development, trade and international investment, and operational improvement and capital access.
Founded in 1904, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business assistance and economic development organization. We are dedicated to helping area businesses grow as well as promoting the economic development of the region.
Choose DuPage is the driving force for DuPage County economic development. Geographically desirable, with a highly skilled labor force, DuPage County has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two decades. Choose DuPage has been created to leverage this growth and continue its momentum for the benefit of County businesses and residents.
The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs on their path to building high-growth, sustainable businesses that serve as platforms for economic development and civic leadership. CEC promotes and grows the startup community in Chicago. We develop programs, establish partnerships and run projects that provide entrepreneurs with the tools they need to build successful, sustainable businesses.
The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is an Illinois utility watchdog organization created by the Illinois General Assembly to serve as a voice for residential and small business utility consumers. CUB strives for better service and lower utility rates for all Illinois residents. Their work ranges from challenging utility rate hike requests to fighting for better consumer protection laws in Springfield, to helping individuals dispute unfair bills.
The Clean Energy Trust is an Illinois non-profit corporation whose mission is to further the growth of the clean energy technologies and businesses in the State of Illinois and the broader Midwest. We believe clean energy will define the future, help secure our nation’s energy supply, and enable the highest quality of life for all citizens. Illinois can be a global leader in clean energy. The Trust strives to support regional economic development and address our nation’s energy and environmental crisis by encouraging innovation in the sector.
Coalition: Energy is a coworking hub of professionals in energy. Leveraging more than a decade of coworking experience, Coalition seeks to provide a venue for collaboration and productivity for small businesses. Located in the heart of Chicago, Coalition: Energy occupies the penthouse suite of the historic Gage Building on Michigan Avenue. Just steps away from trains and downtown shops, members at this space enjoy panoramic views, which includes Millennium Park and Lake Michigan
Cook County is an urban county in the upper northeastern section of the State of Illinois that contains more than 800 local governmental units within its boundaries. With a population of approximately 5.3 million people, it is the second most populous county in the nation and the 19th largest government in the United States (2005 census statistics). Cook County contains 128 municipalities in its region, the most well known being the City of Chicago – which is the County seat where the central offices of Cook County are located.
EIGERlab is northern Illinois’ comprehensive resource where both new and existing entrepreneurs and inventors collaborate with pioneering leaders to incubate and accelerate businesses. EIGERlab ties together Innovation-Collaboration-Entrepreneurship into a centrally located, state of the art mixed-use incubator, serving the region with leading edge business and engineering support services. The facility and programs assist in the development of a robust and diverse entrepreneurial culture through the collaboration of education, business and government.
Energy Foundry is an early-stage impact venture fund established as part of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act. Our mission is to help grow the energy ecosystem by investing capital and supporting early-stage companies with turnkey services and an experienced advisor network.
The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, established in 1982, is a 501(c) 6 non-profit organization governed by a board of directors including individuals from both the public and the private sector. The organization is supported by investment from businesses, organizations, counties, and cities throughout the five counties of Logan, Mason, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford.
iBIO’s mission is to make Illinois and the surrounding Midwest one of the world’s top life sciences centers: a great place to do business, and a great place to grow new technology ventures. iBIO advocates for sound public policy, delivers education and training programs, and improves our ability to create, attract, and retain businesses.
Helping thousands of organizations for 30 years, the group at Illinois Business Information Services (BIS) provides customized training services and technical assistance, as well as public workshops and certificate programs. With a professional staff of experts, we specialize in organization-wide systemic improvement from top management strategy to hourly worker skills. Our most effective role is to help develop the potential within each organization to achieve a culture where innovation and constant improvement thrive. Our hallmark has been our ability to help organizations change and grow profitably. We do this through collaboration with the talent within the organization, introducing new methodologies and systems to drive innovation and ideas that create the future. U of I - BIS has a powerful track record of success helping to build high-performing organizations in manufacturing, healthcare, municipalities, and financial services. Our goal is to promote a robust U.S. economy helping organizations compete globally and profitably.
The mission of iBIO Institute, established in 2003 by the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO), is to orchestrate business leadership in delivery of world-class educational programs and job-creating new technology ventures. The Institute’s EDUCATE Center delivers industry-led science and math programs for teachers and students, thereby inspiring the next generation of innovators and helping restore America’s leadership in technology education. The Institute’s PROPEL Center increases the number and success rates of early-stage life sciences start-ups in Illinois. Our goal is to help create a globally recognized biotechnology center in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding Midwest region.
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is charged with enhancing Illinois’ economic competitiveness by providing technical and financial assistance to businesses, local governments, workers and families. As the state’s lead economic development agency, DCEO works to capitalize on Illinois’ strengths as a center of transportation, manufacturing and technology development. The agency actively promotes the state’s business-friendly policies, highly productive workers, and entrepreneurial spirit — attributes that helped Illinois win Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup as the top state in the nation for business development.
The Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) is a trade association for manufacturing companies in Illinois, and one of "the oldest and largest statewide manufacturing trade association in the United States." Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, and founded in 1893 by businessmen opposed to legislation limiting the working hours of women, IMA has more than 4000 member companies. The association lobbies on behalf of Illinois manufacturing interests and has its own political action committee and polling organization. The IMA publishes a quarterly magazine, The Illinois Manufacturer.
IMEC was established in 1996 to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois' small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. We link your long-term plans and related goals with on-site implementation services by identifying performance gaps, solving these gaps, and building a culture to support sustained improvements. We help optimize operating capacity, implement advanced product and process innovations, increase sales and enter new markets, and improve profitability. IMEC customizes every solution to address the client's specific needs, uses training to transfer knowledge and skills to the client's employees, and serves as a mentor and coach to sustain success.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships.
The Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) was formed to help “game-changing” smart grid and grid-enabling ideas become industry leading companies. We embody a unique model for fostering innovation that will have lasting economic benefits in Illinois. Along with providing growth capital, we help entrepreneurs access public funding and support, technology validation through real-time “test beds”, and mentorship from a network of experienced professionals.
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is an enabling organization powering the growth of tech in Illinois. Through vibrant programs, services and strategic consulting, the ITA drives our dynamic industry by working to grow, build and elevate our members.
The Illinois Venture Capital Association enhances the growth of the Midwest’s $100 billion venture capital/private equity community by advocating on behalf of the industry. We promote institutional investment in local private equity firms; provide networking opportunities for Midwest-based firms; support public policy initiatives that make Illinois an appealing financial center; share up-to-the-minute news on local venture capital/private equity firms and professional service providers; facilitate intermediaries’ and entrepreneurs’ identification of appropriate venture capital or private equity firms for a given investment; and communicate the substantial economic value of a strong private equity community.
Illinois VENTURES 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.
Since 1983, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has been the premier organization fostering economic growth in Madison and St. Clair counties. We developed the first regional economic development agenda, and for almost 30 years, our organization has served as one voice, strengthening public/private partnerships throughout Southwestern Illinois to lay the foundation for job growth and retention.
MATTER is a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. Matter is a supportive space that illuminates the path to success through mentorship, networking and shared resources. We provide a sense of community among members and extend out to the greater healthcare network, both locally and globally. Located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, MATTER’s downtown location offers immediate access to a wealth of cutting-edge technology and premier medical institutions.
The Peoria NEXT Innovation Center is a $13 million technology incubator that fosters discovery, innovation, and commercialization for the life sciences, engineering, and information technology. Minutes from the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Bradley University, Caterpillar, and the Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation, the Innovation Center works directly with Bradley University to coordinate funding and operations within the facility. Peoria, recognized by Forbes as one of the nation’s top metro areas for its low cost of doing business, is a growing hub of entrepreneurial opportunity ready for the next idea to become an economically viable business. We have a main focus on small companies (under 500 employees) but can work with very large companies in Illinois.
The Specialized Manufacturing Strategy Group is dedicated to elevating the Peoria area as a career-ready “Center of Excellence” through the development of a skilled workforce for local manufacturers. Their primary function is to bring manufacturers, educators, and government agencies together for a day-long “Discover Manufacturing Careers Expo” that is held in late October each year.
The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is the community and economic development organization serving western Illinois and eastern Iowa. As the largest business organization in the region, we are committed to advancing the economic strength of our community. We're here to help you grow--whether you're a local business seeking to expand or one interested in relocating. We work with existing local companies to identify business needs, obstacles and opportunities, and connect them to the appropriate resources to meet their goals. In addition, the Chamber actively markets the Quad Cities region across the country, selling the benefits of doing business in our region. We have a great variety of businesses from retail to manufacturing, with strengths in defense, manufacturing and logistics, among others.
Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory (QCML), is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered at Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. QCML performs research, development, and technology transfer in advanced materials and manufacturing processes using Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM), Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS), Friction Stir Welding (FSW), and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP).
Rev3 is an innovation center located in DuPage County, Illinois, with a focus on helping people and companies manufacture products, write software and develop technology to drive the third industrial revolution. From astonishing waves of innovation to new product concepts to technology that changes business models - Rev3 is a place of emerging opportunities and creativity. This is not a place for business as usual.
The RAEDC is a staff of economic development professionals and over 200 private and public sector investors who collaborate to enhance wealth creation in the Rockford Region by marketing the area and helping employers retain and create quality jobs. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to serve as a one-stop resource for clients, to improve the competitiveness of the region, and to engage the community in the work of economic development. The Rockford Region offers comparatively low costs of doing business, hard-working people, available land for development, and proximity to the largest, most diverse industrial market in the U.S. – greater Chicago.
The Smart Chicago Collaborative is a civic organization devoted to using technology to make lives better in Chicago. They were formed to address the challenge of the lack of broadband Internet access for all Chicagoans. More broadly, they work to apply the transformative power of technology to solve problems for the people of Chicago.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Smart Grid Cluster is a platform for promoting business growth and entrepreneurial activity: offering technical and business support to smart grid start-ups and small businesses, continuously identifying and disseminating technical and product needs, and connecting innovators to market opportunities and capital in order to speed the path to commercialization. The Cluster also engages leading corporations, investors and policy makers to ensure continued growth. The Smart Grid Cluster is supported through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as one of the 10 “Innovative Economies” selected in a national competition in September, 2010, and is managed by a partnership of Illinois’ leading energy organizations.
SSTI is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation. As the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development, SSTI offers the services that are needed to help build tech-based economies. Since its inception in 1996, SSTI has developed a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science and technology.
The St. Louis Regional Chamber traces its roots to 1836 – making us one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in the United States. We’ve been involved with projects as diverse as securing funding for Charles Lindbergh’s historic 1927 transatlantic flight (thus the naming of the plane “The Spirit of St. Louis”) and rallying community support for the design, funding and construction of St. Louis’ famed Gateway Arch. We took on our current form in 1973, with the merger of three organizations: the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Industrial Development Corporation, and the St. Louis Research Council.
TechAmerica is the largest and strongest voice and resource for technology in the United States and is the industry’s leading trade association. TechAmerica Midwest serves the high-tech business interests of companies located in the region by providing access to opportunities for networking, business development, education, advocacy, and through delivering a portfolio of products and services.
World Business Chicago (WBC) is Chicago’s not-for-profit economic development corporation, chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and directed by a Board made up of some of the region’s leading business executives. The office fosters Chicago’s global position as a thriving business location by coordinating the city’s business retention and attraction efforts, raising its profile as a prime business location and serving as a resource for companies. The staff navigates the site selection process for businesses by providing economic and industry data, site location assistance, state and local incentive information, and bringing together key parties in the public and private sectors to spur and accelerate economic growth.