ISTC Press Releases – 2015


1200+ High Schoolers to Participate in Innovative Problem Solving Program
November 9, 2015 | Download Full Release

The Illinois Science and Technology Institute (ISTI) announces the expansion of its Research & Development (R&D) STEM Learning Exchange. Now in its third year, this trailblazing, public-private effort connects students to future STEM careers. This school year, through STEM Challenges and the Mentor Matching Engine (MME), the R&D STEM Learning Exchange will reach more than 1,200 students at 29 Illinois high schools.


Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Announces Expansion and Outcomes of Corporate-Startup Challenge
July 28, 2015 | Download Full Release

Today the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), a not-for-profit organization focused on growing the state’s innovation economy, is announcing the fourth class of corporate participants in its Corporate-Startup Challenge, an award-winning matchmaking program that connects global corporations with startups and emerging technology firms across the state. This group includes Illinois-based Fortune 500 companies Allstate Corporation (participating in the program for a second time), Caterpillar Inc. and Grainger.


University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen Appointed Illinois Science & Technology Coalition and Institute Board Chair
June 24, 2015 | Download Full Release

The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), a not for-profit organization focused on growing the state’s innovation economy, today announced that Timothy L. Killeen, president of the University of Illinois (U of I), will serve as chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. Killeen, who came to U of I in May of 2015 from the State University of New York (SUNY), replaces outgoing Board
Chair Douglas Baker, president of Northern Illinois University.


Students step up with STEM solutions
May 18, 2015 | Download Full Release

What happens when 600 innovative students come together in one room? STEM challenges get solved! Students from 17 Illinois high schools were tasked by the Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI; www.istcoalition.org) to solve real-world problems in partnership with nine industry and academic partners. The goal: to get them excited about research and development (R&D) and inspire them into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Their efforts culminate in the Second Annual R&D STEM
Learning Challenges Student Showcase to be held May 20, 2015 at Motorola Mobility’s downtown Chicago office in the Merchandise Mart.


Governor Rauner Proclaims April 29 as Innovation Day in Illinois
April 29, 2015 | Download Full Release

Joined by industry, research, and civic leaders from across Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner today proclaimed April 29 as “Innovation Day” in Illinois during a leadership breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion. The theme of this year’s event is Regional Prosperity through Innovation, emphasizing ways innovative technologies drive new products, companies, and jobs in key Illinois industries, including advanced manufacturing, information technology, clean tech, healthcare, and agribusiness. The event was organized by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), and co­hosted by Clean Energy Trust (CET), Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), and Illinois Technology Association (ITA).


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