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Build a model or prototype of your product in our cutting-edge Fab Lab when it opens in 2015.

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2/23/15  UChicago Career Advancement

On Friday, February 13, student teams from across the City came together at the University of Chicago’s newly opened Chicago Innovation Exchange in Hyde Park, for an afternoon of networking and competition at the first annual Phoenix Pitch. Designed as an intercollegiate event, Phoenix Pitch provides a novel opportunity for college students interested in entrepreneurship to build new connections and get valuable feedback on their business ideas.

2/20/15  Outside Media

Last week the CIE held a pitch event for its Healthy Chicago Innovation Challenge (CIE), in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). The purpose of the challenge is to inspire students to pursue innovative ventures aligned with the CDPH’s mission of achieving population health goals. Five student-led teams were selected to present their ideas to a panel of judges that included Raed Mansour, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the CDPH; Jay Bhatt, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at CDPH; Adam Nation, Harris School of Public Policy student, CDPH intern; Subbu Arumugam, co-organizer of Health2.0; and John Flavin, executive director of the CIE.

2/18/15  Outside Media

A team of computer science students from Illinois Institute of Technology believe Twitter and Yelp can help identify restaurants that may be responsible for food poisoning cases, and they will be working with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) over the next 10 weeks to implement their idea.

2/18/15  Outside Media

 So you’re wondering if you should apply to a startup accelerator. A panel of experts attempted to answer that question Tuesday evening at the University of Chicago’s Chicago Innovation Exchange in Hyde Park. 

“An accelerator is not right for every company,” said Troy Henikoff, managing director of startup accelerator Techstars Chicago. “Is it right for your team? You need the right balance between being coachable and being tenacious.”