ISTC in the News

TechNexus Venture Collaborative Joins ISTC & World Business Chicago’s Venture Engine Program as Innovation Partner
Posted November  29, 2021 | Source:

TechNexus Venture Collaborative has joined the Venture Engine program as a sponsor and innovation partner. Powered by Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) and World Business Chicago (WBC), Venture Engine connects Illinois’ most promising startups to the state’s most innovative, industry-leading corporations.

Illinois Science & Technology Coalition and World Business Chicago launch Venture Engine
Posted September 22, 2021 | Source:

The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) and World Business Chicago (WBC) today announced the launch of Venture Engine, a new program connecting the state’s most promising startups with innovation-focused corporations. By leveraging a statewide network of universities, incubators, accelerators, and investment groups, Venture Engine will create meaningful connections between startups and corporations that boost innovation and job creation in the state.

ISTC President and CEO honored as a Crain’s Chicago Business Notable LGBTQ leader for the third time

Immigrant entrepreneurs can fuel Chicago’s COVID recovery
Posted March 31, 2021 | Source:

ISTC talks about the growth of Chicago’s startup community being stifled by an outdated immigration system. The time for change is now, as the economy reopens—and the “startup visa” can be key to that success.

Frerichs Elected Board Chair
Posted March 17,2021 | Source:

The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition and Institute (ISTC/I) today announced the election of Laura Frerichs, Executive Director of the University of Illinois Research Park as chair of its board of directors.

Representation Matters
Posted October 30, 2020 | Source:

ISTC CEO, Colleen D. Egan writes about the diversity of thought and experience being key to innovation and the most innovative companies are the most successful.

ISTC Illinois Innovation Index ranks top companies for patents
Posted August 15, 2019 | Source:

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.

Bootstrapping in America: Mark Harris discusses the latest Index report
Posted March 15, 2017 | Source:

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 see surge in startups
Posted March 13, 2017 | Source:

David Rabie, Mark Harris, Rebecca Sholiton and Ryan Shelton join Good Day Chicago to give us a firsthand look at why Illinois is a hotbed for startups.

University startups surge as Illinois students start more companies, land more funding
March 8, 2017 Source:

Despite a fall in recent venture capital activity on the national level, Illinois university startups have seen a rise in funding. That’s according to the annual Illinois Innovation Index report released Wednesday by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, primarily based on data self-reported by universities in the state.

Campus startup spinoff efforts paying off in Illinois; immigrants often lead the way
March 8, 2017 Source:

University efforts in Illinois to boost entrepreneurship and link big thinkers with seed cash and startup partners seem to be paying off. And immigrants are playing an outsize role in campus spinoffs. Those were two takeaways from the just-released Illinois Innovation Index, produced annually by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.

Illinois universities nearly double startups
March 8, 2017 Source:

Illinois universities are cranking out a lot more startups. There were 285 companies started last year by students, faculty or staff at Illinois schools last year, up from about 150 in each of the previous two years, according to a report by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. It’s an eye-popping figure. And it’s not clear how much the data reflect an explosion of startup output from universities and how much comes from better reporting.







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