ISTC/I in the News


ComEd engages students in Solar Spotlight STEM event for Black History Month
Posted February 10, 2020 | Source: Power Engineering

While demand for STEM professionals is growing in Illinois, African-Americans remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce. In 2018, African-Americans held less than 5 percent of STEM jobs in Illinois, despite making up more than 14 percent of the state’s population, according to the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.


Faculty Named to 2019 List of Innovative Illinois Researchers
Posted October 17, 2019 | Source: Illinois Tech

Three Illinois Institute of Technology faculty members have been recognized in the 2019 Researchers to Know listing by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).


Report Signals Positive Signs for Illinois Innovation Growth
Posted August 28, 2019 | Source: WCBU

Illinois’ recent innovation bump could be a sign of bigger trends to come. 

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition said spending on research and development spiked $1 billion  to $17.5 billion in 2016, the most recently available year for data. That’s after a slump in spending over the past several years.


Innovation In Illinois – The Growth Is In Our Roots With Food R&D
Posted August 26, 2019 | Source: WGN

The innovation coming out of Illinois has been incredibly positive over the last decade and it’s helps to put the state on the global innovation map. Steve Grzanich checked in on the specific numbers behind the innovation and R&D at the state level with Matt Bragg (Director of Data and Policy at the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition) to see what makes us a top ten innovation state in the country and how food R&D is driving the business scene forward.


Report: State Farm Plays Key Role In Illinois R&D Landscape
Posted August 26, 2019 | Source: WGLTNews

State Farm was issued 200 patents in 2018, ranking it No. 4 behind only Caterpillar, IBM, and Motorola Mobility, according to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition’s latest Illinois Innovation Index. Illinois ranked 7th in patents issued to businesses in the U.S., with 6,788 patents in 2018.


Chicago-Area Young Women Gear Up For Annual Icebox Derby
Posted July 13, 2019 | Source: WBBM Newsradio

According to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, women make up 49 percent of the workforce, yet only 26 percent of jobs in STEM-related fields in Illinois.


Illinois universities are producing more startups than ever
Posted April 17, 2019 | Source: Chicago Inno

Local universities continue to be a large driver of startup creation in Illinois as university-born startup activity reaches record highs in the state, according to a new report.


Pritzker names april 12 as ‘innovation day’
Posted April 12, 2019 | Source: WANDTV

Today is officially has been declared Illinois Innovation Day. Today, Governor JB Pritzker issued a proclamation recognizing this day. 


The State of STEM Education in Illinois
Posted December 14, 2018 | Source: WTAX Radio

Joey McLaughlin talks with the Director of Data and Policy at the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, Matt Bragg about STEM education in Illinois.


Step One for Chicago Tech: A more inclusive STEM Talent Pipeline
Posted December 13, 2018 | Source: Crain’s Business Chicago

Mark Harris (President and CEO of Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and Institute) discusses how Chicago is making strides in tech. But if the city wants to become a top tier hub, progress must include all Chicagoans.


Illinois second only to California in number of computer science awarded – and more from STEM survey
Posted December 12, 2018 | Source: Chicago Tribune

Illinois is cranking out science and technology workers, but diversity and inclusion in the fields are still lacking. That’s according to the Illinois Innovation Index, released Wednesday by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.


What Makes A State The Most Innovative In The Country?
Posted October 9, 2018 | Source: WGN Radio

 Steve Grzanich learned from Matthew Bragg (Director of Data and Policy at the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition) that Illinois ranks 8th in US innovation among states and Matthew also reinforced the importance of research and development at an academic level which is where a lot of innovation starts.


Illinois’ R&D Spending ‘stagnant’, new report finds
Posted September 27, 2018 | Source: Crain’s Business Chicago

The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition is out with its latest look on how the state is doing by the crucial measure of spending on research and development, and despite some chipper headlines recently, the news is not very good.


In Quest for tech leadership positions, Chicago women band together to challenge ‘bro fest’
Posted May 04, 2018 | Source: Chicago Tribune

Among startups spun out of Illinois universities in the past five years, 28 percent have a female founder, according to a recent report from the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. That’s higher than the 16 percent of startups globally that have a women founder, according to Crunchbase, a tech company database. 


Con un interesante proyecto, estudiantes de Chicago están listos para participar en el ‘Reto STEM’
Posted April 25, 2018 | Source: Univision Chicago

Jóvenes de la Academia Foreman diseñaron una aplicación que brinda información en español a todos los que estén interesados en recibir, por ejemplo, clases de inglés gratuitas.


Shout Out: Katie Page, a science teacher at Prospect High School
Posted April 25, 2018 | Source: Arlington Heights Post

Pioneer Press recently talked to Page, 47, an Arlington Heights resident, who traces her journey as an educator back to her days as a student at John Hersey High School, where her physics teacher inspired her to become a science teacher.On April 26, the Prospect students who are presenting their project will take part in the Illinois Science and Technology Institute Showcase.


Bootstrapping in America: Mark Harris discusses the latest Index report
Posted April 10, 2018 | Source: TastyTrade

Thank you to Kristi Ross and Tony Battista at TastyTrade for having us to discuss the latest issue of the Illinois Innovation Index.


Illinois Universities Lift Activity
Posted April 10, 2018 | Source: Global University Venturing

Students and faculty from Illinois universities founded 942 companies through the five fiscal years ending 2016-2017, more than double that recorded between 2009 and 2013, according to an Illinois Science & Technology Coalition report. Of these, 73.9% remain in business, with another 11 businesses securing acquisitions and approximately 25% ceasing operations. Illinois’s university-supported startups generated a record $877.5m in capital during the period reported. 


The Opening Bell 4/10/18
Posted April 10, 2018 | Source: WGN Radio

The startup eco-system in Illinois has boomed in recent years, but what has caused this flourishing of small businesses? Steve Grzanich discussed the recent study behind this with Mark Harris (President and CEO of The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition) about how Illinois is on the up and up.


Illinois Nonprofits Hope Mentors and Real-World Projects Will Improve Diversity In STEM Classes
Posted April 05, 2018 | Source: Venture Beat

The nonprofit Illinois Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) — an affiliate of ISTC — similarly seeks to create connections between companies and classrooms. The organization’s STEM Challenge paired 27 high schools across Illinois with one of 15 industry partners, including Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar, Baxter, and Uptake to solve tech-based business challenges as part of their educational curriculum. Half of student participants are of color and over 40 percent are female.


University-related Startups On the Rise Here
Posted April 04, 2018 | Source: Crain’s Business Chicago

New companies started by students and faculty at Illinois universities between 2013 and 2017 raised $878 million, according to new data from the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. Funding for such startups has soared the past two years, increasing more than $250 million annually. The number of startups has been rising, as well. There were 942 companies formed by students, faculty or staff between 2013 and 2017, up from 804 during the prior period. On average the number of startups has been increasing about 135 per year.


Universities Are Producing More Startups Than Ever
Posted April 04, 2018 | Source: Chicago Inno

More startups are being formed at Illinois universities than ever before, and those entrepreneurs are becoming more likely to remain in-state after they graduate.

That’s according to a new report from the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, a non-profit that aims to measure and strengthen the state’s innovation economy. The ISTC found that over the last five years, students and faculty at Illinois universities founded 942 startups, which is the largest volume of startup activity the state has seen since data has been collected. That number is also more than double the amount of startups that were formed in the state during the previous five-years from 2009-2013.


High-tech Startups Finding a Better Home in Illinois-But More Can Be Done
Posted April 03, 2018 | Source: Chicago Sun-Times

My organization, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, has been tracking entrepreneurship at Illinois universities since 2009. Stories like Amper’s are becoming increasingly common — so common that Illinois is on the precipice of shaking one of its most nagging brain-drain problems: the flight of young startups to the coasts. In fact, Illinois is retaining university-bred startups in record numbers.


In Amazon Race, Illinois Trump Card is University System
Posted March 09, 2018 | Source: Crain’s Business Chicago

Located in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, 1871 is another hub for the city’s technology and entrepreneurial community, including the headquarters for the state’s leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. At the TechNexus Collaboration Center, Apartment One, a micro-community, is offering shared office space to recent college graduates’ startups, where these businesses benefit from successful founders mentoring them as they transition from campus to Chicago.


Chicago’s coworking spaces are building more than startup careers
Posted March 01, 2018 | Source: Silicon Prairie News

Located in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, 1871 is another hub for the city’s technology and entrepreneurial community, including the headquarters for the state’s leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. At the TechNexus Collaboration Center, Apartment One, a micro-community, is offering shared office space to recent college graduates’ startups, where these businesses benefit from successful founders mentoring them as they transition from campus to Chicago.


How Illinois Universities Power the Chicago Startup Ecosystem
Posted February 20, 2018 | Source: Forbes

Ten years ago, Chicago was not a major player in the startup ecosystem. Now, it’s one of the most important cities in tech.In fact, the overall Illinois rate of startup growth is 68.85%, and Chicago itself has been consistently ranked first for VC returns. It’s been named alongside Boston, Los Angeles, and Austin as one of the country’s best startup cities. How did this transformation come into play? The answer is one of the most innovation-driven higher education systems across the U.S.In 2016, Illinois produced a record 40,400 STEM degrees, outpacing the nation by growing its number of STEM graduates by 10.6% versus the average 6.5%.


How Illinois tech companies are working to retain local engineering grads 
Posted January 29, 2018 | Source: Venture Beat

Illinois is the second largest producer of computer science graduates in the country. In fact, in 2016, Illinois produced a record 40,400 STEM degrees. Yet research collected by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition shows Illinois still has room to grow. Specifically, while Illinois ranks 15th in the country for retaining computer science graduates, 45 percent of its software engineers leave the state after graduation, many of them leaving for the Bay Area.


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