Application & Eligibility

Team applications will be reviewed by a selection committee on a rolling basis and those accepted into the program will be assigned to a cohort based on availability. Qualified applicants may be invited to an interview with members of the selection committee as part of the application process.


Eligibility requirements include:

  • Innovators residing in the Chicagoland region, preferably on the South Side of Chicago, who are committed to attending all required sessions and completing out-of-class assignments. Teams of up to four individuals are welcome to apply to the program with a single idea or venture.
  • An idea or project based that involves intellectual property – including patent, copyright, or trade secrets that have been developed by or are licensed by the participant – preferably in the STEM fields. This idea can be early-stage and teams are not required to have fully-functioning prototypes or proof-of-concept data.
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about the process of innovation

Application link coming soon!

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