ISTC Illinois Science & Technology Coalition


The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) is a member-driven, non-profit organization that cultivates and attracts research and technology-based investment, talent and job growth in the state. Through strategic public-private partnerships, advocacy efforts and project management, we connect government, academia and industry to leverage the state’s world class research and development assets to drive innovation and economic growth.

ISTC members represent leaders in the Illinois innovation ecosystem. Through the ISTC, these organizations share a voice and develop partnerships that drive Illinois’ research and development pipeline, catalyze investment, and create the skilled workforce required to advance their research and economic development missions. The ISTC also oversees the Illinois Innovation Network, an initiative of the Illinois Innovation Council that serves as a platform to celebrate innovation across the state and connect innovators with a diverse array of tools and resources.

Latest News

Argonne’s new director wants lab to boost Chicago as innovation hub

April 14, 2014 | News

By Julie Wernau Argonne National Laboratory’s newly appointed director, Peter Littlewood, is attached to three things: coffee, his hairdresser in his native England and theoretical physics. A Chicago resident and professor of physics, Littlewood took the helm April 1 and succeeds Eric Isaacs, who became provost at the University of Chicago. Holding his cup of coffee, Littlewood [...]

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Northwestern trustees donate $4M to build incubator space for student startups

April 8, 2014 | News

Two trustees of Northwestern University (NU) are donating $4 million to build an incubator space for student entrepreneurs. Michael Ferro Jr and Pat Ryan Jr each committed $2 million for the construction of the Garage, according to The Daily Northwestern. Ryan explained the concept of the Garage: ”Places like the Garage aren’t necessarily for when you [...]

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Startups and students win $500,000 in clean energy challenge

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By Judith Nemes A student-led team that designed a turbine for making geothermal energy systems more efficient and a water purification company that eliminates the need for detergent and hot water in commercial laundries took home $100,000 each, part of a total of $500,000 in prizes today in an annual clean energy competition. Black Pine [...]

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Chicago’s other tech incubator is here

April 7, 2014 | News

By John Pletz If you’re looking for Chicago’s top incubator for business startups in life sciences and other hard-core technologies, you won’t find it in River North’s lofts or among the medical centers on the West Side. Instead, you need to head to the South Side, where you’ll find several nondescript, World War II-era buildings [...]

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College students hack their way through weekend at 1871

April 4, 2014 | News

By John Pletz 1871 is a place that never sleeps. But this weekend, the tech incubator inside the Merchandise Mart will be buzzing with more over-caffeinated young coders than usual. Starting this afternoon, 80 college students will descend on 1871 for a weekend hackathon. Aspiring engineers, designers and business types from local universities will divide [...]

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