ISTC/I in the News – 2016
Posted November 21, 2016 | Source: www.rebootillinois.com
[Other] organizations like the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, as well as Crain’s Chicago Business editorial board have called on lawmakers to reinstate and make permanent research and development (R&D) tax credits, which expired in 2015. Now, Illinois is one of the few states that does not offer such tax credits.
Posted November 15, 2016 | Source: www.chicagoinno.com
Recently-launched manufacturing, prototyping and maker hub mHub just got a big financial boost of support from the federal government. mHub will receive $500,000 from the Department of Commerce as part of $15 million in grants the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is dispersing across 35 organizations in 19 states to promote cluster-focused commercialization and proof-of-concept programs, as well as early stage seed funds.
Note: ISTC helped provide a support letter for this grant — read press release here.
Posted November 2, 2016 | Source: www.crains.com
Illinois is one of the biggest producers of tech talent, thanks to University of Illinois, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and Illinois Tech (IIT). Last year, Illinois universities produced nearly 2,500 computer science grads, second only to California, according to data from the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.
Posted October 31, 2016 | Source: www.chicagoinno.com
More students in Illinois are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) than in years previous, but retention of highly skilled STEM grads still remains a challenge, a new study from the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition found.
Posted October 26, 2016 | Source: www.pantagraph.com
About 170 Twin City high school students who want to thrive in the technology field will spend the next five months working with State Farm employees to complete a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project. The Illinois Science and Technology Institute selected Normal Community, Normal Community West and Bloomington high schools among 38 Illinois high schools to team up with corporations to create an app or presentation relating to STEM.
Posted August 29, 2016 | Source: www.baxter.com
Lindblom Math & Science Academy Senior JeNaye Beavers’ interest in medicine was initially sparked by curiosity. After constantly suffering from migraines early on in high school, she wanted to know not only why, but how she could fix it. JeNaye found an opportunity to put her ideas into action by extending her experience with scientific research beyond the classroom through the Research & Development STEM Learning Exchange STEM Challenge.
Posted August 29, 2016 | Source: www.chicagoinno.com
mHUB was developed over the past year and a half with World Business Chicago’s Advisory Council for Chicagoland Manufacturing, with community partners UI Labs, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC), the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and Catalyze Chicago.
Posted July 6, 2016 | Source: www.iotportfolio.com
While smart grid renewable energy and defense tech for police officers may not sound like typical high school projects, Illinois Science and Technology Institute’s R&D STEM Challenge aims to bring real-world projects into the education system.
Posted May 27, 2016 | Source: www.chicagotribune.com
Evanston Township High School junior Lesley Escobar said working with her fellow students and mentors from an Illinois pharmaceutical company on a months long project tackling the issue of medication adherence in patients with depression has boosted her confidence and deepened her commitment to pursuing a career in the health care field post high school.
Posted May 25, 2016 | Source: www.microsoft-chicago.com
The Bully Busters competed with the other Lake View team and emerged as the top selection by judges comprised of Microsoft volunteers and school faculty. Along with the other statewide teams, their efforts culminate in the Third Annual STEM Challenges Student Showcase held May 19, 2016 at Motorola Mobility’s Chicago office in the Merchandise Mart.
Posted May 20, 2016 | Source: www.chicagoinno.com
Could thermal imaging help reduce bullying at schools?
Could a voice activated dialysis machine increase adherence to at-home treatments?
Could a “smart vest” help police officers who have been shot receive medical attention faster?
Posted May 19, 2016 | Source: www.fox32chicago.com
Instead of hitting the books, more than 800 Illinois high schoolers are solving real-world STEM challenges. STEM standing for science, technology, engineering and math.
Posted May 18, 2016 | Source: www.the21stshow.com
A STEM mentorship program helps high school students from across the state get connected with mentors in academia and industry.
Posted May 18, 2016 | Source: www.tastytrade.com
Some of the most interesting stories around are from entrepreneurs willing to take an idea and turn it into a business.
Posted May 16, 2016 | Source: www.chicagoinno.com
Illinois is a hotspot for foreign-born students. UIUC alone enrolls over 11,000 foreign-born students, a number that has caused some controversy, as critics say state schools’ acceptance of large numbers of foreign students takes away from educating Illinois students. These students are flooding STEM majors: Currently “immigrant students” (foreign-born students on F1 student visas) make up one out of every five non-healthcare STEM degrees in Illinois, the highest proportion in a decade and 40 percent higher than the national average, according to the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.
Posted May 7, 2016 | Source: www.dailyherald.com
A team of Palatine High School students designed and built the hovercraft, which took top honors at Northrop Grumman’s High School Innovation Challenge. Other high schools competing included New Trier and Oak Park-River Forest.
Posted April 11, 2016 | Source: www.dailyherald.com
This semester, students at Wheeling High School have been collaborating with members of the TGG Group, or The Greater Good company, which was co-founded by economist Steven Levitt, one of the authors of “Freakonomics”.
Posted March 28, 2016 | Source: www.wgnradio.com
President & CEO of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Mark Harris explains the process of connecting large corporations to startups.
Posted March 28, 2016 | Source: www.microsoft-chicago.com
We all know that education is our future. And with STEM fields rapidly expanding, creating new jobs and opportunities, we have to ensure that our future is solid through STEM education. With the Illinois Science and Technology Institute, we’re working to bring our passion in STEM to local youth ready to engage in their own futures. Watch as Adam J. Hecktman explores the future of STEM with Allie Barwise, Managing Director of ISTI live on Advisor.TV.
Posted March 28, 2016 | Source: www.techtransfercentral.com
A recent report from the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) highlights the growth of start-ups launched out of Illinois state universities.
Posted March 15, 2016 | Source: www.globaluniversityventuring.com
An increasing number of university spinouts and startups founded in Illinois keep their offices in the state.
Posted March 12, 2016 | Source: www.rrstar.com
Over the past five academic years, students and faculty at Illinois universities have created 611 startups through university technology licensing, entrepreneurship programs and competitions, and other university-financed initiatives. Roughly 80 percent of these companies remain active (or were acquired), and 73 percent of active startups were based in Illinois at the time of the survey” done by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and released March 8. And 73 percent of the startups were based in Illinois.
Posted March 11, 2016 | Source: www.researchpark.illinois.edu
Thanks to university innovation hubs like the University of Illinois Research Park, Illinois’ startup ecosystem is blossoming, with more companies being created – and staying – in Illinois.
Posted March 10, 2016 | Source: www.wgnradio.edu
On the March 10, 2016 episode of The Opening Bell ISTC President & CEO Mark Harris joins Steve Grzanich in a discussion on University startups.
Posted March 9, 2016 | Source: www.ilhomepage.net
Start-up companies, like the ones out of the UI, are shaking up the tech and science worlds, but they’re also making a big impact in the state.
Posted March 8, 2016 | Source: www.chicagoinno.net
When the Chicago Tribune published a Sunday cover story arguing that the city’s “tech talent often grows away,” the paper relied on several anecdotes to paint a picture of a perceived brain drain, detailing a handful of Chicago entrepreneurs that left the city to build their businesses elsewhere. Today, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition released years’ worth of data that suggests that these examples represent a minority of the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and that the majority of startups founded at Illinois universities in fact choose to stay and “grow” here.
Posted March 8, 2016 | Source: www.crains.com
The world’s biggest technology companies—Facebook, Google, Yahoo—have one thing in common: They each trace trace their starts back to university campuses. Universities are the incubators of the kind of breakthrough innovations that create new industries and new businesses that make significant social and economic impact—the key to success in a knowledge-based, 21st century economy.
Posted March 8, 2016 | Source: www.chicagoinno.com
Today, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) published its quarterly Innovation Index, a data-driven deep dive into a particular subset of the ecosystem.
Posted March 8, 2016 | Source: www.chicagotribune.com
More companies born at Illinois universities are remaining in the state, according to the Illinois Innovation Index. The report, based on self-reported data from the universities, found that during the past five years, Illinois universities have created 611 startups, 80 percent of which remain active.
Posted Feb 9, 2016 | Source: www.chicagotribune.com
Through a partnership with Deerfield-based Takeda Pharmaceuticals, about 20 members of the Engineering Club are spending the next four months engaged in the STEM Research and Development challenge, devising ways to help patients with type 2 diabetes not only take their medication at the right time, but administer the right dosage and enhance their health.
Posted Feb 1, 2016 | Source: www.microsoft-chicago.com
As part of our ongoing series focusing on the Illinois Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) statewide STEM Challenge, this guest blog will focus on a technical solution to solving a big undertaking—getting volunteers to work with students on STEM and “soft” skills.
Posted January 28, 2016 | Source: www.dailynorthwestern.com
A group of 10 students enrolled in the school’s Health Science Rotation class, led by Linnette Hill, coordinator for ETHS’ job shadowing program at Evanston Hospital, will represent the school in this year’s Illinois Science and Technology Institute’s STEM Challenge. The challenge establishes a partnership between Illinois high school students and employees from a company in the industry to allow students to take on scientific research.
Posted January 26, 2016 | Source: www.chicagotribune.com
About a dozen Evanston Township High School students will spend the next five months identifying ways to encourage those who suffer from depression to take their medication as prescribed under the mentorship of representatives from a Deerfield-based pharmaceutical company.
Posted January 19, 2016 | Source: www.microsoft-chicago.com
Last year, we wrote about the wonderful partnership Microsoft enjoys with the Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI). Microsoft and Lake View High School participated in the Second Annual R&D STEM Learning Exchange Challenges Student Showcase on May 20, 2015. This was a terrific program and our first time working with the teachers and students at Lake View High School on this state-wide Challenge. Microsoft is again supporting the ISTI and Lake View High School in 2016 for the Third Annual R&D STEM Challenge.
Posted January 12, 2016 | Source: www.chicagotribune.com
A medical company looking for help recently tapped an unlikely group: Oak Park and River Forest High School juniors. The problem? Patients aren’t taking their antidepressant medication, officials from Takeda Pharmaceuticals say.
Posted January 12, 2016 | Source: www.oakpark.com
Three top executives from the giant Tokyo-based pharmaceutical company Takeda Pharmaceuticals visited Oak Park and River Forest High School on Jan. 7, because they were looking for help.