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

Hultgren Announces Oswego Student as Winner of House Student App Contest

July 9, 2014 | News Press Releases

Press Release – Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and co-chair of the STEM Education Caucus, today announced the winner of the first-ever Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House Student App Challenge,” also known as the “House App Contest.” [...]

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DCEO Releases Five-Year Blueprint

July 1, 2014 | Press Releases

CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today issued a five-year economic development plan for Illinois, a proposal that sets out the state’s priorities for encouraging private-sector job growth and business vitality, especially in regions with the highest poverty and unemployment. The plan, developed and administered by DCEO, identifies seven high-growth business sectors [...]

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The Illinois Economic Development Plan

| News

The 21st-century business environment has brought increased competition, a rapid pace of innovation, and new access to global markets. The good news is that Illinois’ resilient economy is well positioned to build on its strengths as a major hub for commerce. With 33 Fortune 500 companies, a highly educated workforce, a robust R&D community, a [...]

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1871, Governor Quinn, Mayor Emanuel, and the Pat Tillman Foundation Announce Veterans Technology Incubator at 1871

June 27, 2014 | News Press Releases

Dubbed “The Bunker,” Incubator to House Veteran-Owned Technology Companies Beginning in Fall of 2014. 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman confirmed today that 1871 will be launching a veterans-focused technology incubator called The Bunker in 2014 as part of 1871’s recently announced expansion plans at its digital startup hub in The Merchandise Mart. The announcement is [...]

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Fund created to help launch green energy businesses in Illinois

June 26, 2014 | News

By Chicago Tribune staff Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the Clean Energy Trust on Wednesday announced the creation of a revolving equity fund that will make $4.6 million available to grow early-stage clean energy businesses in the state. “Illinois is a national leader in embracing green energy through innovation, and this fund will help us [...]

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