Category: University Entrepreneurship

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 […]

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 […]

Proof of Concept Program Brings Industry Feedback to Early Stage University Commercialization

Proof of Concept Program Brings Industry Feedback to Early Stage University Commercialization

By Nancy Sullivan, CEO and Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES, and Azmi Nabulsi, ‎Head of R&D Strategic and Professional Affairs, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International In December, representatives from venture capital and industry across the U.S. gathered in Chicago to hear scientists from Illinois’ world-class research institutions share their innovative ideas.  These presentations, part of the Illinois Regional Proof of […]