Category: University Entrepreneurship

Catalyst Conversations: DePaul’s Unique Approach to Entrepreneurship

Catalyst Conversations: DePaul’s Unique Approach to Entrepreneurship

  Q&A WITH Maija Renko Professor and Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship, DePaul University    During the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurship has been critical for companies both large and small. In this issue of Catalyst Conversations, we chat with Maija Renko, Professor and Coleman Chair of Entrepreneurship at DePaul University about the school’s unique approach to entrepreneurship […]

Catalyst Conversations: DePaul’s Unique Approach to Entrepreneurship

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: 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 […]

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 […]

Entrepreneurship is No Longer Just for Big Universities

Entrepreneurship is No Longer Just for Big Universities

Curriculum at Lake Forest College Opens New Doors for Students   Entrepreneurship among students at Illinois’ universities has grown significantly in recent years. ISTC’s 2019 Entrepreneurship Index found that over the past five academic years, students and faculty at Illinois’ universities founded 978 startups, an increase of more than 150 percent over the previous five […]

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 […]

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 […]

Growing Illinois entrepreneurship (from a southern seed)

Growing Illinois entrepreneurship (from a southern seed)

By Michelle Chitambar, PhD, Research Enterprise Director, Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research, Southern Illinois University   In 2015, Forbes ranked the top 50 entrepreneurial universities in the US, based on the number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn. While it was predictable to see universities […]