UIC Innovation Center

The UIC Innovation Center is a community of industry entrepreneurs and academic researchers working in partnership to instigate breakthroughs: fusing the uncommon, taking risks, thinking big.

The College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts is a founding partner of the UIC Innovation Center. Together with colleagues from the Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Medicine, design faculty and students work with the UIC Innovation Center to initiate programs and participate in activities that bridge research and education with industry. During each engagement, companies, educators, experts, and students collaborate on real world problems and deliver real world results.

Situated in one of the country’s leading research universities, the UIC Innovation Center is a collaboration, education, and incubation center with a mission to produce innovation and innovators through three approaches to engagement:

COLLABORATION / Bring industry thought leaders together with university experts to seed innovative thinking and to enable collaboration in design, technology, products, services, and business models.

EDUCATION / Our interdisciplinary educational mission seeks to engage faculty and students in close collaboration with corporate partners to develop and commercialize new products.

INCUBATION / Support innovation activities though the use of the innovation center facilities, capabilities, and financial support.