Registration is open for the Spring 2018 Innovation Fund Finals

Registration is open for the Spring 2018 Innovation Fund Finals

Thursday, May 31
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Polsky Exchange North
1452 E. 53rd St., Chicago
register online

The Innovation Fund is a multi-million fund that invests in proof-of-concept and early business development work for viable new startups created by faculty and students. The funds have been donated by alumni, and all proceeds from successful exits will be invested back into the Innovation Fund to ensure it is an evergreen, permanent feature of the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

During the Finals, applicants from across the University, Argonne National Lab, Fermilab, and the Marine Biological Laboratory will compete for up to $1.5M ($250,000 per team) in proof-of-concept funding. Previous Innovation Fund finalists have built exciting technologies across a wide range of industries and causes, including healthcare IT, social impact, high powered computing, & education technology. Register to attend the Spring Innovation Fund Finals. >>


Meet the Spring 2018 Innovation Fund Finalists:


BiomeSense is developing a fully automated biosensor for low-cost, scalable microbiome testing. The device will solve the cost and patient adherence problems with current testing methods, making longitudinal sampling routine. This will exponentially improve the data available to researchers, accelerating the microbiome’s integration into therapeutic development, clinical practice, and more.


ForeseeABill is an innovative platform technology that provides research hospitals, contract research organizations, and biopharmaceutical companies with decision support in identifying the appropriate payer for every test, procedure, and service performed during a clinical trial. ForeseeABill allows researchers to spend less time navigating burdensome and complex billing rules and more time on the job that matters – bringing novel treatment options to patients.


LiveBeat strives to improve prenatal care by providing expectant mothers assurance they need anywhere anytime and helps doctors improve fetal health management by providing them reliable, convenient solutions to monitor fetal health outside of the hospitals.


Nanopattern Technologies applies breakthrough research to expand the utilization of nano-materials past current cost and precision barriers. The company is prototyping its technology by creating the first quantum dot micro-display with the resolution and energy-efficiency necessary for next-generation mobile and virtual reality device makers.


PartnerOwn is introducing the Shared Responsibility Mortgage, a new mortgage product for low down-payment borrowers that reduces monthly payments in times of housing market distress to reduce foreclosures, stabilize communities and enhance returns for mortgage investors.