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7/2/15  Feature

Team receives first off-cycle investment from $20 million fund

7/1/15  Blog Post

Every year, Techweek Chicago dedicates a week to bringing those interested in technology and innovation together. Last Thursday and Friday, the CIE attended this year’s Expo Fair held at Merchandise Mart. Our executive director, John Flavin, moderated one of these panels on Venture Capital (VC) and Investing on Thursday, June 25 

6/30/15  Outside Media

The 3-D printers and laser-cutting machine have been installed, and entrepreneurs arrive this week to a newly renovated co-working space inside a century-old building in Hyde Park. The "fab lab" for fabricating prototypes is part of the second phase of the Chicago Innovation Exchange, an ambitious project launched last fall by the University of Chicago to spur innovation from students, professors on its campus and others living in the neighborhood.

6/29/15  CIE Partner

GreenApple® Campus, Chicago’s leading provider of STEM and STEAM programming for children, is partnering with the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) at the University of Chicago to provide a two week incubator program that helps the next generation of innovators creatively apply technology and business concepts to unlock potential opportunities. In the spirit of innovation, StartUp to Achieve Kid CEOs ages 11-14 will set goals, develop their StartUp Big Idea, establish their brand, spread the word, and explore funding — just like a real business.  Kids enrolled in StartUp to Achieve will be coached by the best of the brightest entrepreneurs at the CIE at the University of Chicago who will help students to crystalize and present their ideas at the end of the two-week session.