Innovation & Venture Strategy

World Business Chicago’s portfolio of programs driving inclusive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s tech economy & innovation ecosystem.

Areas of Focus

CAPITAL: attract capital for tech entrepreneurs

TALENT: attract and retain STEM talent for local companies

INNOVATION: foster innovation through industry, university, and national laboratory partnerships

COMMUNITY IMPACT: build a more inclusive tech community

GLOBAL: promote Chicago's tech community globally

WORLD BUSINESS CHICAGO’S INNOVATION & VENTURE COUNCIL 

Since the council’s founding in 2012 by J.B. Pritzker as ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago’s Innovation & Venture Council represents a cross-section of the city’s tech and innovation community convened by the Mayor. World Business Chicago convenes council members to influence our innovation and venture programs, projects, and initiatives.

Today, the council includes 250+ local leaders who are mobilized to support World Business Chicago-led efforts to grow Chicago’s tech and innovation ecosystem.

FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

Venture Engine with the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC)

In partnership with the ISTC, our corporate-startup program where we connect local startups with corporates to drive growth and innovation.

Chicago Venture Summit

Chicago’s flagship venture capital conference, showcasing the city’s thriving startup ecosystem.

UNIVERSITY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ECOSYSTEM INITIATIVE

Driving partnerships and collaboration when it comes to technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship with Chicago’s leading universities and national laboratories.

ThinkChicago

WBC’s STEM talent attraction and retention program where we connect top-tier university talent with career-building opportunities in Chicago.

Startup Chicago

WBC’s VC attraction and startup growth program where we connect venture-ready startups with regional & national investors to accelerate their growth (an extension to the Chicago Venture Summit).

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