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Technology & Innovation Leader

 

THRIVING ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM

  • $2.4 billion annual R&D funding in Illinois
  • 5,028 patents issued by inventors in 2015
  • 83 Nobel Prize winners
  • 275 digital startups launched annually
  • 440+ corporate R&D facilities
  • $8 billion in acquisitions & IPOs in 2014

"Back here in the U.S., I’m really pleased that there are enlightened states that get it. We’re here in a hotbed of entrepreneurship. Illinois is consistently named as one of the best states to start a business. There is a thriving community of entrepreneurs driving the Chicago economy. Chicago understands what it means to nurture and support small businesses." - Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage

 

WORLD CLASS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION HUBS
  • 200+ Spaces Available to Innovators Across Illinois
  • Incubators
  • Co-Working Spaces
  • Accelerators
  • Technology Parks

Click here for an online directory of tech parks, accelerators, incubators, working spaces and more provided by the Illinois Innovation Network.

 

The following research labs, tech parks and incubators have received support or funding through the state: