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 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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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

Kate Anderson

Operations Manager

Catherine Venson

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
CIMposium at MATTER
Details coming soon.
Next CIMposium to be held at UIC
A great opportunity to connect with regulatory development experts, fellow entrepreneurs, and business mentors in Chicago. This event is the third of four CIMposia that CIM is hosting over the course of the year focused on regulatory issues related to getting your health care product approved by FDA. Hope to see you there! For more information, directions, and registration click HERE.
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