Category: Funding

How Illinois’ Innovation Community is Rising to the Challenge

How Illinois’ Innovation Community is Rising to the Challenge

Here’s how Illinois’ innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs are taking on COVID-19 COVID-19 may be the defining societal challenge of our time. Over the past several weeks, the magnitude of this challenge has increasingly come into focus—as too has the need to proactively support healthcare workers and our local communities. Fortunately, Illinois’ innovation community is rising […]

Broadband For All

Broadband For All

How Microsoft’s Airband Initiative is helping more Illinoisans access high-speed internet    Broadband internet is something that many of us take for granted, but high-speeds provided by broadband are still a limited resource in many parts of rural America. The FCC estimates 21.3 million people in the United States still rely on dial-up connections, or […]

Growing Innovation and Jobs through RIS

Growing Innovation and Jobs through RIS

ISTC’s role in growing the RIS Program, its impact on Illinois, and how you can get involved.   For the better part of a decade, ISTC has worked with its federal partners at SSTI to grow the EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. As a result of this work, the RIS program has grown dramatically […]

Beyond the Index: The Critical Role of Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

Beyond the Index: The Critical Role of Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

Q/A WITH SAI PRASHANT BOYREDDY, PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER, GREAT LAKES NEUROSCIENCE     Earlier this month, we at the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) released new data on the record growth of startup activity at in-state universities through our Illinois Innovation Index. Over the past five years, students and faculty of Illinois’ universities have founded 942 […]

The Federal Science Policy Landscape

The Federal Science Policy Landscape

Q/A with Dan Berglund, President & CEO, SSTI The Federal government plays an instrumental role in advancing science and technology innovation in the United States. Illinois is a top 10 state in receiving critical investment in basic science and R&D, which has been a driver of our economy and led to countless discoveries and innovations. To […]

Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund

Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund

By Michael Frerichs, Treasurer, State of Illinois   As the state’s chief investment officer, it was a moment of great pride and excitement to announce the creation of the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund earlier this year. The $220 million fund is designed to invest with investment firms that, in turn, will provide capital to technology […]

Impact Investing: Realizing Economic Growth and Social Progress Through Entrepreneurship

Impact Investing: Realizing Economic Growth and Social Progress Through Entrepreneurship

By Jessica Droste Yagan, Chief Executive Officer, Impact Engine   Two years ago, Impact Engine’s Chairman, Chuck Templeton, addressed the ISTC community and shared his vision of a great ecosystem of impact investing emerging in Illinois. Today, it’s safe to say that this vision is becoming a reality.  Businesses and investors alike are demonstrating that financial […]