IIN Hub Concepts

Chicago State University

 

Chicago State University

Chicago State University intends to create the Center for Solutions of Urban Populations (CUSP), an incubator for ideas and transformative change. The center would include the physical renovation of 50,000 square feet of space and establishing programmatic, research, outreach, and entrepreneurial activities to address some of the most challenging issues in our region. The proposed center will become a hub of activity, creating new collaborative partnerships, garnering external funding, and promoting public-private partnerships to address issues significantly impacting the quality of life here.

Focus areas

  • Health and healthcare disparities
  • Local violence reduction and conflict resolution
  • Pathways for success for challenged youth and ex-offenders
  • Trauma informed counseling/education
  • Urban farming workshops
  • Urban mindfulness studies
  • Entrepreneurship training in an urban setting
  • Calumet Basin environmental issues and their long-term impact on the population
  • Violence reduction through the arts
  • Training of teachers and college faculty to teach urban students
  • Effective law enforcement practices in an urban setting
  • Eliminating the digital divide
  • The study of food delivery and consumption in challenged neighborhoods

 

Discovery Partners Institute

Discovery Partners Institute

Discovery Partners Institute is a purpose-driven, collaborative research institute located in Chicago that is focused on building prosperity for all and growing the state’s workforce by creating solutions to grand challenges. DPI will address the themes of computing & data, environment & water, food & agriculture, and health & wellness while considering how they interact with the cross-cutting areas of culture and society, education and workforce development, entrepreneurship and technology transfer, and public policy.

DPI will leverage the collective capacity of its partners to collaborate, innovate and build the economy. It will educate a 21st century workforce through deep integration with industry partners, a project-focused team environment, and a culture of entrepreneurship woven throughout the institute. DPI will build prosperity through new technologies and products, new companies, and highly skilled alumni ready to contribute immediately to today’s economy.

Focus areas

  • Environment (water quality, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, amenities-based tourism)
  • Economic Development & Entrepreneurship (community-based partnerships, manufacturing partnerships, workforce development, energy systems)
  • Visualization of Community-based Assets & Infrastructure Assessments (broadband access, health care access, aging in place/wellness initiatives)
  • Rural Social Systems & Community Sustainability (rural pK-20 education systems, social services)

 

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University, in partnership with Lake Land College and community partners, seeks to create the East-Central Illinois Hub to create new economic opportunities through university-community partnerships. The hub will include an expansion of the existing Center for Clean Energy and Research Education (CENCERE) on the EIU campus and will promote the overall sustainability of critical social and natural systems.

Focus areas

  • Environment (water quality, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, amenities-based tourism)
  • Economic Development & Entrepreneurship (community-based partnerships, manufacturing partnerships, workforce development, energy systems)
  • Visualization of Community-based Assets & Infrastructure Assessments (broadband access, health care access, aging in place/wellness initiatives)
  • Rural Social Systems & Community Sustainability (rural pK-20 education systems, social services)

 

 

Governors State UniversityGovernors State University

Governors State University intends to establish a Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator in University Park, Illinois. Through faculty consulting to businesses and startups in Chicago’s southland region, employee training and management development programs, we will assist the creation of new business, creation and retention of jobs, and local and regional economic development. Underserved communities in this region will benefit from the services we provide through the center. This will assist the creation of new businesses, creation and retention of jobs, and contribute to increasing tax revenues – property, school, personal, business and sales.

Focus areas

  • Faculty provide consulting services to entrepreneurs
  • Analyzing workforce trends, skill needs and supply chain issues
  • Employee testing, training and professional development services

 

Illinois State UniversityIllinois State University

Illinois State University seeks to create the first concerted, large‐scale effort in McLean County to support and develop a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development. This initiative will engage K‐12, community college, university, and community partners in a community makerspace/educational center and a community startup incubator. The goal is to support the development and growth of new companies that will, in turn, grow the regional economy. The Hub will support entrepreneurial education and innovation through its two interrelated tiers: the Community Makerspace and Educational Center and a technology and education‐based startup incubator called the ISU/Bloomington‐Normal Community Startup Incubator (CSI).

The CMEC will provide an entry point for students and community members who want to turn an idea into reality, and participants who are interested in creating a startup company will be able to apply for tenancy in the CSI. The CMEC also will host workforce development and other training opportunities. The CSI will provide startups with low cost office and coworking space, mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, educational programming, networking events, and access to funding sources, and will bring together multiple organizations from the Bloomington-Normal area to help support small business development and entrepreneurship.

Focus areas

  • Entrepreneurship education
  • New business incubation

 

Northeastern Illinois UniversityNortheastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University aims to create three sites for the Business Growth and Innovation (BIG) Center: a location close to NEIU’s main campus adjacent to one of the largest concentrations of immigrants and refugees in the city, another site on the Carruthers Center campus located in the Bronzeville in an area with strong ties to African American communities and a third location on our El Centro campus in Avondale with a growing Latinx population. The BIG Center bridges the critical gap between entrepreneurs at Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 1-3 and the existing innovation ecosystem, which only serves those at TRLs 4-6. 

The goal of the hub is to serve these three Chicago communities that are profoundly underserved, and to provide those communities with resources and knowledge to develop solutions to socio-economic, social, health, and community challenges.

Focus areas

  • Increase job growth through entrepreneurship and technology commercialization
  • Ensure access to economic development opportunities for diverse communities
  • Provide facilities for discovery and commercialization of research, entrepreneurship and workforce development programs
  • Provide professional development and internships for NEIU students

 

Northern Illinois UniversityNorthern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University will create the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability, which will work to discover innovative ways to improve food systems and water resource management in the face of shrinking natural resources, changing climate, and increasing urbanization. The center will support interdisciplinary research, policy development, and public-private partnerships to produce discoveries in the areas of food and agriculture, and environment and water. 

Focus areas

  • Improve food systems to create a more sustainable foundation for Illinois
  • Develop and promote sustainable management of water systems
  • Address the changing climate by developing new decision support tools and conducting research in biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, and environmental maintenance

 

Peoria Innovation HubPeoria Innovation Hub

The Peoria Innovation Hub will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve the wellness of underserved populations and advance systems related to food, farming, and transportation – specifically autonomous mobility. The Peoria Innovation Hub will offer students, researchers, academics and entrepreneurs a full suite of resources, including a physical prototyping lab; digital makerspace; data informatics lab; co-working facilities; small offices for new businesses; classroom and conference space; and a rooftop garden and commercial kitchen.

Students from the University of Illinois, UICOMP, Bradley and ICC will be involved in rural health initiatives or entrepreneurial ventures, and the Hub will actively engage students in all the programming and various projects of the Hub. ICC and Bradley have expressed interest in incorporating IIN objectives and projects into their curriculum, and there is strong interest among corporate partners in tapping into student pools to advance R&D aims.

Focus areas

  • Wellness of diverse populations
  • Food and farming systems
  • Autonomous mobility systems

 

Southern Illinois UniversitySouthern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University will establish the Illinois Food, Entrepreneurship, Research, and Manufacturing (iFERM) Hub to solve food/nutrition, agriculture, and health challenges through transdisciplinary research, innovation, and education. A strong secondary goal is to provide infrastructure for the development of Illinois agriculture value-added products to promote and support successful entrepreneurial activities. These goals will be accomplished in this new space dedicated to research, development, and teaching how to use Illinois agricultural products in new ways and deploy them in the marketplace. Research and education on campus will be enhanced and public-private partnerships and relationships will be fostered.

Regional and Illinois communities will be impacted by enhancing and supporting businesses and producers with unique economic development opportunities; increasing public health by supporting and creating new and emerging value-added healthful food and medicinal products; and providing job training for those new and emerging workforce opportunities. The Hub will capitalize on the significant and varied agricultural industries, commodities, and natural resources of the State, bridging the economic engine of Chicago with the breadbasket of central Illinois, and the natural resources of southern Illinois.  The proposed Hub will facilitate new economic and entrepreneurial opportunities, research and development in value-added products, including food, beverage, medicine and biotechnology. 

Focus areas

  • Innovative and value-added food and agriculture
  • Consumer, descriptive and discrimination research for food and beverage
  • Educational, research, and outreach activities in fermentation science (food, beverage, and industrial sectors)

 

Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville seeks to create the Center for Sustainable Communities and Entrepreneurship (CSCE), which would create a physical location for SIUE’s community engagement and economic development activities. CSCE will provide an interdisciplinary research, workforce, and learning space for university-community-industry collaboration and connection to the greater Illinois Innovation Network (IIN). Central to this proposal’s goal of converting discovery into economic opportunity, CSCE will also house the Metropolitan Accelerator Research Square (MARS), a business and engineering accelerator to facilitate technology transfer and capture a greater share of the burgeoning St. Louis startup economy for Illinois.  

Focus areas

  • Facilitate sustainability and entrepreneurship activities through a business incubator and accelerator to facilitate technology transfer, commercialization, and economic development
  • Expand research capacity and infrastructure in Southwestern Illinois for critical health, environment, water, and food research, education and workforce training initiatives
  • Foster education, research, and workforce programs that support healthy people and successful communities

 

University of Illinois ChicagoUniversity of Illinois Chicago

The University of Illinois Chicago will focus its IIN engagement around computing, drug discovery, and entrepreneurship. The computing theme will be represented by the expansion of UIC’s research and education programs in computer and data science through the construction of a 145,000-square-foot Computing, Design, Research and Learning Center. UIC also will expand its capacity in the discovery of novel therapeutics through building a 110,000-square foot Drug Discovery and Innovation Pavilion, becoming UIC’s first facility to bring together researchers, students and industry partners in the drug discovery space. UIC also will increase its entrepreneurship programming through the expansion of its Innovation Center, providing for more collaboration with industry partners and additional incubator space for new companies.

Focus areas

  • Expansion of its computing and data science programs
  • Growing UIC’s expertise for discovering novel therapeutic drugs
  • Adding capacity to UIC’s entrepreneurship programs and facilities

 

UIC Health Sciences Campus - RockfordUIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford

UIC Health Sciences Campus – Rockford intends to create the Illinois Rural Hub to leverage public-private partnerships to provide cutting-edge education and clinical services, and to conduct innovative research, which will spur economic development in rural communities across the state.

Building the Illinois Rural Hub at UICHSC-R will allow for the creation of cutting-edge educational programs, clinical services, and innovative research that will spur economic development in Rockford as well as rural communities across the state. Workforce shortages in healthcare professions continue to plague the U.S., particularly in rural areas. As a leader in rural education for medical, pharmacy, and nursing students and with educational and clinical partnerships throughout the state, UIHSC-R is well positioned to lead the IIN in this endeavor. Furthermore, our “grow our own” model of pipeline development to increase the number of health professionals practicing in rural areas, means we will invest in Illinois youth by providing interactive methods of engaging our youth that promote learning about the job responsibilities of a variety of health professionals.  

Focus areas

  • Health professions education
  • Multi-disciplinary research
  • Primary and tertiary care services
  • Community engagement

 

University of Illinois SpringfieldUniversity of Illinois Springfield

The primary goal of the University of Illinois Springfield hub is to advance development of the human capital needed to fuel an innovation-oriented economy, meet the needs of existing and future employers and improve the quality of life for all residents of the community. The hub will lead growth in business incubation, entrepreneurship, economic development and social innovation for Springfield and the central Illinois region. UIS hub activities will expand Innovate Springfield’s current business incubation programs and social innovation initiatives to enable more and broader participation in the local and regional economy.

Focus areas

  • New business incubation to spur development of the entrepreneurial segment of the regional economy
  • Business accelerator and investor network to guide entrepreneurs with high growth potential in key local economic spheres including health care, financial services and agriculture
  • Education and training in design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship in a wide range of educational programs
  • Evidence-based, skill-oriented programs for members of under-represented groups who may face greater challenges in acquiring the education and support necessary for success

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign plans to support IIN activities in computing and data, health and wellness, and entrepreneurship through a number of planned facility additions. The university will create a new data science center on the site of the current Illini Hall to expand its capabilities in data science, statistics, and machine learning. It also will construct a biomedical translational facility to bring together under one roof researchers, students and industry partners as they work to create new medical breakthroughs and devices. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications and Siebel Center for Computer Science will be expanded to increase the university’s capacity for research and education in computer science. And the university’s research park also will grow to accommodate the demand for its research and corporate development programs.

Focus areas

  • Constructing a data science center to grow capacity in “big data” techniques: data science, machine learning and statistics
  • Building a biomedical translational facility to bring together researchers, students and industry partners
  • Expanding the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and Siebel Center for Computer Science to increase computer science education and research capacity
  • Expanding the UI Research Park to accommodate demand for research and corporate development programs

 

Western Illinois UniversityWestern Illinois University

Western Illinois University seeks to create the new Center for Manufacturing and Entrepreneurial Excellence (CMEE) to advance community and economic development in the Quad Cities region and in statewide rural communities. CMEE will have two locations: The Quad Cities Innovation Center (QCIC) and the Community Innovation Center (CIC). These two centers will form one community and economic development park, with the purpose of promoting and strengthening the empirically-based, global economy of the 21st century.

The QCIC will seek to drive innovation, workforce development and economic growth in the Quad Cities’ three leading sectors of manufacturing, defense, and agriculture. It will utilize technology roadmaps and playbooks to advance regional manufacturing needs in robotics, augmented and virtual reality, big data, and additive manufacturing. The CIC uses data analytics, visualization, and artificial intelligence at the community level across Illinois to improve economies, communities, and overall quality of life in rural Illinois. Our partners provide proven community and economic development solutions to all 102 Illinois counties. 

Focus areas

  • The QCIC will focus in the areas of robotics, augmented and virtual reality, big data, and additive manufacturing
  • The CIC will focus in the areas of strategic visioning and planning processes supported by data analytics, visualization, and artificial intelligence for rural communities