Category: Q&A

Catalyst Conversations: MxD’s Next Five Years

Catalyst Conversations: MxD’s Next Five Years

Q&A WITH CHANDRA BROWN Executive Director at MxD In late September 2018, DMDII got a new Executive Director, Chandra Brown. Less than six months later. DMDII announced $10 million in new funding and a five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Defense worth up to $60 million. This was followed by the news that UI Labs […]

Catalyst Conversations: mHUB’s Rapid Growth and What’s Next

Catalyst Conversations: mHUB’s Rapid Growth and What’s Next

Q&A WITH HAVEN ALLEN CEO and Co-founder at mHUB This month marks two years since Chicago makerspace mHUB opened its doors. Since then, mHUB’s community of entrepreneurs, manufacturing mentors, industry experts and investors has grown exponentially. In just two years, mHUB has grown to more than 240 member companies—while helping those companies raise more than […]

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 […]