Catalyst Conversations: Kaplan Institute Empowering the Next Generation of Tech Leaders

Catalyst Conversations: Kaplan Institute Empowering the Next Generation of Tech Leaders

Q&A WITH MARYAM SALEH Executive Director of the Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship,  Illinois Institute of Technology   In this issue of Catalyst, we sit down with Maryam Saleh, Executive Director of the Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology. We discuss the Kaplan Institute under her […]

Beyond the Index: Innovating Through a Global Pandemic

Beyond the Index: Innovating Through a Global Pandemic

Leveraging R&D collaborations to speedtrack Illinois’ economic recovery By Matthew Bragg, Director, ISTC Research & development (R&D) is the lifeblood of innovation. Illinois’ universities, businesses and federal labs all use R&D to create new technologies, products and services that create jobs and drive economic growth. Earlier this month, we released new data detailing R&D activity […]

Rising to the Challenges of Today’s Innovation Economy and Talent Pipeline

Rising to the Challenges of Today’s Innovation Economy and Talent Pipeline

Welcome to this edition of Catalyst and thank you for your continued membership, partnership, and support. The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and the Institute, even through these extraordinary times, have continued to lead in strengthening the state’s innovation economy through its powerful data collection and reporting, policy advocacy, education and impactful programs because you […]

Catalyst Conversations: The Future of Quantum in Chicago

Catalyst Conversations: The Future of Quantum in Chicago

In May’s Catalyst, we partnered with the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) to explore the evolving landscape of Quantum Information Science (QIS)—including how Illinois researchers are learning to harness the technology and building relationships with industry along the way. Beyond CQE, there are several other supporting organizations helping to position Illinois as an important hub for […]

We Must Do Better.

We Must Do Better.

As our nation comes to grips with the systemic racism that has plagued our society for generations, it seems only appropriate to take stock of where Illinois’ tech community stands—and how we must do better. The numbers are grim. African-Americans make up nearly 15 percent of Illinois’ population, but receive less than 6 percent of […]

Beyond the Index: Entrepreneurship in Action

Beyond the Index: Entrepreneurship in Action

How two university-supported startups are taking on COVID-19 in very different ways. Last month, ISTC released its 2020 University Entrepreneurship Index, detailing record growth of Illinois’ university-supported startups. Over the past five years, entrepreneurs on Illinois’ campuses have created more than 1,000 new ventures, raising more than $1.4 billion in funding and creating 3,300 new […]