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Blaze Venture Challenge Participants

UIC students compete in second annual Blaze Venture Challenge

Comcast supported the Blaze Venture Challenge to invest in digital equity and community impact. Kristin Roadman and Elaine Harvey from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation supported the entrepreneurial programming.

Students engaging

Using mentors as a student entrepreneur

For UIC students, entrepreneurial resources are available in the form of workshops, programming, events, webinars and event monetary support. But what about mentorship? Mentors are seasoned professionals who can serve as invaluable guides.

icorps group

Market fit: Why it matters

Simply put, market fit is the transformation of ideas into gold. It's the sweet spot where innovation meets demand, and success becomes inevitable. The symphony awaits, and you hold the conductor's baton.

Student at pitch challenge

Demystifying entrepreneurship

It's a good time to be an university-based entrepreneur in Illinois! Why? According to the 2023 University Entrepreneurship Index, 62% of university-supported startups founded in the last five years (433) are still active.

Innovation in Action

Welcome to The Spark!

Welcome to The Spark! Whether you're a student interested in exploring entrepreneurship, or a seasoned researcher looking to turn your idea into a groundbreaking ventures we hope our blog, The Spark, is a helpful resource.

NSF I-Corps

UIC Innovation launches Lean Launch I-Corps programming

Starting in March, the Lean Launch program will give participants an introduction to the NSF I-Corps Lean Launchpad methodology and familiarize them with the Business Model Canvas and customer discovery.

TJ Augustine

CHA Symposium highlights Illinois-based health equity research

Leadership from OSF Healthcare and UIC Innovation gathered earlier this month to network with colleagues and hear from past CHA awardees about their research and experiences with the program. Participants heard from leadership…

Thomas Searles

UIC leads national consortium educating next generation of quantum engineers

Harnessing the potential of quantum physics for advances in computing, communication and other technologies promises to be the next great engineering challenge. A new consortium of seven U.S. academic institutions, funded by the Department of Energy.

IXD Students Display work

UIC joins NSF Great Lakes Innovation Corps Hub

University of Illinois Chicago is among 15 prestigious Midwest universities to join the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps network, called I-Corps —a program designed to move more discoveries from research laboratories into the real world.