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4/27/16  Outside Media

In addition to being a community coworking space and south side entrepreneurial hub, Hyde Park's Chicago Innovation Exchange incubates startups and small businesses in need of extra resources to grow.

Their business incubator program offers a six month, accelerator-style program that gives early stage startups mentorship, training sessions, legal advice, and dedicated workspace. The latest batch of business incubator companies shows off the diversity of startups working out of the coworking space from Fizz, HR technology that provides employees on-demand feedback, to Microsensor, a semiconductor company that aims to "improve daily life with sensor technology."

Regardless of what they're working on, they're in good company. Companies that have grown through the CIE incubator include Reliefwatch and NETenergy.

3/22/16  Announcement

Today the Chicago Innovation Exchange announces five teams as finalists to compete in the Innovation Fund’s Spring 2016 Cycle, moving each of them one step farther in their journey to commercialize their innovative discoveries and technologies. Twice per year, the Fund accepts applications and invests in emerging technologies and startups out of The University of Chicago and its affiliates, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the Marine Biological Laboratory. 

2/29/16  Blog Post

Howard Niden, Co-founder and former Chief Solution Architect for Textura, came to the Chicago Innovation Exchange on February 15th  to lead a roundtable discussion with a group of students about his experiences, learning about theirs, and sharing his advice. He was inspired by his time and conversations with our students, so he wrote a blog post on advice for young entrepreneurs.

2/25/16  Outside Media

In a regional competition held at the Chicago Innovation Exchange in Hyde Park Tuesday, ReliefwatchTovalaRiMO TherapeuticsAudiovert, and NETenergy were named finalists in the competition, and won a travel expenses paid trip to Qingdao, a city located on the Yellow Sea in the east coast of China, to compete in the finals.