Supporting and advancing Illinois entrepreneurship,
innovation, and economic development.


Incubators & Entrepreneurship Centers

We're Here For You

Support for new and existing Illinois incubators and entrepreneurship programs.
  • peer networking community
  • online and in-person convenings
  • sharing of resources and peer best practices
  • online repository of program documents, presentations, slides & more
  • training events aimed at optimizing operations, programming, and outcomes
  • partnerships that leverage strengths to support the broader Illinois ecosystem
Looking for benchmarks or mentoring guidance on a program or project? We’re here for you! Reach out via the IUIN email listserv or contact IUIN staff for peer introductions, recommended resources, or technical assistance.

Technology Based Entrepreneurs

Technical assistance that supports TBEs with …

  • business development & marketing plans
  • product development & prototyping
  • commercialization & technology transfer
  • federal funding proposal development and award management

Technical assistance services are provided by entrepreneurs-in-residence or by contracted subject-matter professionals and consultants.

Services are provided FREE for TBEs that do not have local/regional ecosystem support. Ecosystem leaders can also refer their TBE clients for IUIN services that are not available through their facility or program.

Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Regional & Rural Economic Development Leaders & Groups

What's Up Next?

We’re here to help keep your strategy, goals, or projects rolling toward the finish line.
  • technology based economic development projects
  • expand ecosystem, capacity, programming, services, or resources for entrepreneurs & technology-driven businesses
  • support rural or underserved areas with technical assistance and economic gardening strategies
  • promote nurturing and cultivating of local, small businesses and entrepreneurs by leveraging existing community assets
Types of support may include impact assessment, feasibility studies, case studies, benchmarks, or subject-matter expertise. Technical assistance* is provided by the EDA University Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

*Precedence is given for requests from southern Illinois, rural, or capacity-strained regions.

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