Category: Q&A

Beyond the Index: University of Illinois City Scholars Highlights Chicago to Tech Grads

Beyond the Index: University of Illinois City Scholars Highlights Chicago to Tech Grads

Q&A WITH SMIT PATEL University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign senior in computer engineering and City Scholars participant Despite the common narrative that most of the state’s top tech talent leaves Illinois, ISTC analysis through the Illinois Innovation Index shows the Illinois’ recent computer science graduates are 4.5 times more likely to work in Chicago than […]

Catalyst Conversations: Advancing Science on a Liberal Arts Campus

Catalyst Conversations: Advancing Science on a Liberal Arts Campus

Q&A WITH STEPHEN SCHUTT President of Lake Forest College In this issue of Catalyst, we sit down with Lake Forest College President Stephen Schutt. Lake Forest College is one of ISTC’s newest members and a place of growing excellence in research, science education, and entrepreneurship. It’s not unusual for students at the four-year liberal arts school to […]

Catalyst Conversations: NIU & Discover Launch Exciting Campus Initiative

Catalyst Conversations: NIU & Discover Launch Exciting Campus Initiative

Q&A WITH GERALD C. BLAZEY, Ph.D Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships;  Northern Illinois University In this issue of Catalyst, we sit down with Northern Illinois University Vice President Gerald C. Blazey, Ph.D, to discuss NIU and Discover Financial Services’ new campus collaborative innovation opportunity, Discover Campus Innovator Program, launching this fall.   Tell us about […]

Catalyst Conversations: Inside Northwestern’s Innovation Machine

Catalyst Conversations: Inside Northwestern’s Innovation Machine

Q/A with Dr. Alicia Löffler Associate Provost for Innovation and New Ventures; Associate Vice President for Research; and Executive Director, INVO,  Northwestern University   In this issue of Catalyst, we sit down with ISTC/I Board Member Dr. Alicia Löffler to discuss how Northwestern is helping to commercialize the university’s groundbreaking research and promoting innovation and […]

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 […]

Beyond the Index: Spotlighting Two Illinois University Startup Founders

Beyond the Index: Spotlighting Two Illinois University Startup Founders

Q/A with Ashley Moy, CEO, Cast 21, and Alex Niemczewski, CEO, BallotReady Earlier this month we released our Illinois Innovation Index, detailing record levels of entrepreneurship activity from Illinois universities, with over 800 companies founded and $630 million in funding raised over the last five years. Index findings also showed that Illinois is retaining more of these companies than […]

Inside mHUB, Chicago’s Newest Manufacturing Incubator

Inside mHUB, Chicago’s Newest Manufacturing Incubator

Q/A with Haven Allen, Executive Director, mHUB   Incubators and coworking spaces like 1871 and MATTER coalesce Chicago’s digital/IT and healthtech startup communities, create jobs, and drive economic development. With the creation of the makerspace mHUB, Chicago’s manufacturing and product development community will also have a centralized location to meet, collaborate, and create.  mHUB’s creation is the result […]