Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Support emerging and mature sectors.


Expand the networks that connect entrepreneurs with customers, venture capital, and mentorship opportunities in order to grow Chicago’s innovation ecosystem.

Focus on promising clusters:

  • CleanTech
  • BioScience
  • Web/Mobile
  • FinTech

Deepen ties between academic research and private industry.

Key Initiatives


Online resource portal for small and medium-sized business owners and entrepreneurs to access the tools and support to grow their business.


Council of technology leaders representing a dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity in the areas of science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship for startups and later-stage growth companies in Chicago’s rapidly growing ecosystem.


Recognizing Chicago’s creative “makers” as brand ambassadors to help raise the city’s profile as an innovation hub and destination for business and tourism.

Chicago Venture Summit

Connecting venture funding to Chicago entrepreneurs.


Connecting top university talent with Chicago‘s innovation ecosystem.