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
Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) is setting the stage for long term growth in Chicago-based entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization.

To date in the Fall 2014 CIM has accumulated more than 180 mentors and mentored over 118 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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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:
CIM Operating Staff
Steve Gould

Interim Executive Director

Martha Wade

Operations Manager

Kate Anderson

Communications Manager

Board of Governors

Alan Thomas
, University of Chicago
Nancy Sullivan, University of Illinois
Barbara Goodman, iBIO Institute/ PROPEL
Jeff Coney, Northwestern University
Gregory Morin, Argonne National Laboratory
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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