ISTC in the News

1,200 Illinois High School Students Get Cracking on Real World Tech Problems
Posted April 28, 2017 | Source: Chicago Inno

While problem-based learning is not a new concept, ISTI’s program is unique in the sense that the challenges presented to the students come directly from real problems faced by academia and industry. Students have access to mentors for feedback on research plans and prototypes, both via in-person check-ins as well as online engagement on an invitation-only Mentor Matching Engine platform. Close to two hundred students (selected from 1,200 who experienced the program) gathered at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters in the Merchandise Mart on Thursday to present their solutions in front of their peers, teachers and industry mentors.

Good Day Chicago: Illinois High School Students Innovate To Solve Industry Challenges
Posted April 27, 2017 | Source: Fox Broadcasting

STEM Challenge students from North Chicago Community High School, Chicago Vocational Career Academy and Decatur Public Schools were featured along with our President & CEO, Mark Harris. 

N. Chicago students win first place in STEM challenge
Posted April 13, 2017 | Source:

North Chicago Community High School students have been working closely with AbbVie Foundation to create STEM-based — science, technology, engineering and math — projects that could benefit people with cancer. The program is part of Illinois Science & Technology Institute’s STEM Challenge.

AbbVie Teams Up With North Chicago Community High School for Illinois Science & Technology Institute’s STEM Challenge
Posted April 27, 2017 | Source:

Utilizing shelter dogs to provide companionship and comfort for cancer patients. An education website for K-12 youth struggling with cancer, focused on helping them graduate. A mobile app that helps patients navigate their illness and informs family and friends of their daily struggles. These are just a few of the innovative ideas hatched by students from North Chicago Community High School (NCCHS) after working with mentors from AbbVie as part of the Illinois Science & Technology Institute’s (ISTI) STEM Challenge.

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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