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9 Best & Most Active Illinois University Startup Programs

University Startup Programs play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top Illinois University Startup Programs. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top Illinois University Startup Programs

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Non Equity Assistance, Seed

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation drives venture creation and technology commercialization at the University of Chicago


The University of Chicago Innovation Fund

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Investor Type: University Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage:

UChicagoTech launched the Innovation Fund in 2010 to accelerate the commercialization of promising.


Northwestern University

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Northwestern is one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities, located in Evanston, IL.


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business provides full-time MBA courses.


Avathon Capital

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Avathon Capital is an investment platform


University of Chicago New Venture Challenge

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Investor Type: Accelerator, University Program

Investment Stage:

Launched in 1996, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) is one of the nation’s premier business launch programs.


University of Illinois

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign-College of Business (UIUC)


Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization SM (CEO) is the premier entrepreneurship network with chapters on university campuses across North


Bradley Technology Commercialization Center

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Bradley Technology Commercialization Center is a business incubator headquartered in Peoria, Illinois.

Written by Mark Kendall

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