Illinois Innovation Index

The Illinois Innovation Index is an information resource that provides timely analysis and insight on technology-based economic activity in Illinois.

The Index features innovation metrics, news, and statistical insight as an ongoing data archive tracking and benchmarking the state’s innovation economy. In its current state, the Index provides yearly insight into Illinois’ STEM talent production, R&D activity, and university-supported entrepreneurship.

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Latest Release:

2020 University Entrepreneurship Index


The Illinois Innovation Index has tracked entrepreneurship and commercialization emanating from the state’s universities for more than a decade. In that time, increased support for faculty and students has led to incredible growth in startup activity. This trend continues in 2020, with new records for startup creation, capital raised, and job creation.

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