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8/17/15  Announcement

Today, the CIE and the University of Chicago extended that spirit of collaboration to our friends at Shandong University in China, by signing a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. The agreement lays the groundwork for the Chicago Innovation Exchange to support Shandong’s new innovation facility in Qingdao, and builds the framework for programs that will give entrepreneurs in both locations the opportunity to work together and cooperate on endeavors in science, technology, and commercialization.

8/12/15  Outside Media

Chicago’s colleges and universities reflect the city’s thriving startup community.Centers and institutes for entrepreneurship abound, as do courses and MBA concentrations in entrepreneurship. Leaders of Chicago business schools say they’re responding to student demand and that they aim to provide courses in entrepreneurship that offer a mix of practical experience and academic research. And they point out that not just any entrepreneur can teach entrepreneurship.

8/4/15  Outside Media

A key aspect to University of Chicago's Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) is a six month incubator that develops student and south side community ventures. This month, five new companies are set to join 12 other startups developing in the Hyde Park incubator, including a predictive marketing company, a local improv troupe, and an automated speech coach.

7/31/15  Announcement

This summer, five new companies are joining the roster of impressive start-ups calling the Chicago Innovation Exchange Business Incubator home. The newest teams to join the incubator offer predictive marketing, peer-to-peer payment systems, improvisational theater, personal speech coaching, and visual curriculum for people with learning disabilities – a variety of fields and approaches that highlights the industry-agnostic approach of the program.