Mission
Chicago Innovation Mentors supports university-based and local new technology innovation ventures through the use of mentor teams. CIM works with each science-based mentee venture to:
  • Encourage innovation
  • Catalyze tech commercialization
  • Strengthen the ecosystem necessary to support entrepreneurs
  • Enhance local economic development
  • Create stronger entrepreneurs
  • Embrace risk taking
Results
Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) is setting the stage for long term growth in Chicago-based entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization.

To date in the Winter 2014 CIM has accumulated more than 180 mentors and mentored over 125 venture teams, a third of which have graduated the program. We are currently working with nearly 75 active venture teams.

"We helped our mentee to stay organized and prepare for an important meeting with a potential investor" - CIM Mentor

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Resources
We strive to be a valuable partner to both the campus and external community. CIM has compiled our favorite helpful links and tools on our Resources page in the following areas:
People
CIM Operating Staff
Steve Gould

Interim Executive Director

Martha Wade

Operations Manager

Kate Anderson

Communications Manager

Board of Governors

Alan Thomas
, University of Chicago
Jeremy Hollis, University of Illinois
Barbara Goodman, iBIO Institute/ PROPEL
Jeff Coney, Northwestern University
Gregory Morin, Argonne National Laboratory
Latest news
Jan
2015
Regulatory CIMposuim at Northwestern University
CIM will be hosting the next Regualtory CIMposium on February 5 at Northwestern University, Lurie - Baldwin Auditorium from 5:30-8:30pm. This event is now open to the public, but space is limited and reserved on a first come basis. Registration detials via EventBrite HERE.
JAN
2015
CIM Launches Executive Director Search
CIM is launching a process to find an Executive Director of Chicago Innovation Mentors. Below I have provided links to a position description and background information. We appreciate any leads and referrals, as well as all thoughts on the future of CIM. HERE
OCT
2014
MATTER looking for Mentors to Assist in Designing Curriculum
MATTER is building a curriculum to help startups learn the basics of building a business in healthcare. We are currently looking for subject matter experts to help design and deliver lectures HERE

 

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About our program
JohnChicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) was launched in November 2010.

Steve Gould serves as the Interim Executive Director of Chicago Innovation Mentors, a multi-institution initiative that cultivates university-based, and local technology ventures.

CIM was co-founded by the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, and iBIO Institute/PROPEL, and supported by a grant from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium. CIM matches innovating faculty with teams of experienced entrepreneurs, executives and domain experts. Argonne National Laboratory and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago joined CIM in 2012, and Northern Illinois University in 2013. Learn more