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  • Pritzker Releases $ 142 Million Funds For Technical Education Initiatives


     Governor JB Pritzker releases $ 142 million approved by the Illinois General Assembly for a technical training center on the campus of a public university that promotes innovation and job creation across the state. did.


  • Pritzker releases $142 million in funding for tech education effort


    Gov. J.B. Pritzker released $142 million in funding, approved by the Illinois legislature, for technology training centers on public university campuses that will promote tech innovation and job creation across the state.

  • U of I's plan to stop the state's tech brain drain


    University of Illinois faculty say an ongoing statewide investment in a public-private research network is key to boosting the state's economy.

  • Building Design + Construction


    This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from Kohrman Jackson Krantz, OSPORTS, and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign about: • The future of eSports facilities• The formation of the National Institute for AI in Construction

  • UI: DPI development key to fighting 'brain drain,' racial disparities in private sector

    The News-Gazette

    University of Illinois faculty say an ongoing statewide investment in a public-private research network is key to boosting the state’s economy.

  • Big Gift


    Former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and some of her high-profile cousins are donating $10 million to a Chicago technology incubator designed to train and support women and minorities seeking careers in the tech industry.

  • Pritzker Foundation Donates $10M To Discovery Partners Institute To Bring More Women, Minorities Into Tech


    An innovation lab coming to the Near South Side will include a center aimed at getting more women and people of color into the tech industry — and it just got a big financial boost.

  • Pritzker Foundation gives $10 million to develop diverse tech talent in Chicago


    Looking to develop a more diverse tech talent pipeline in Chicago, the Pritzker Foundation is donating $10 million over five years to launch inclusive training programs at the Discovery Partners Institute.

  • Pritzker Foundation donates $10 million to U. of I. tech center in the South Loop


    Several members of the Pritzker family are donating $10 million to launch workforce training programs at the Discovery Partners Institute, the University of Illinois’ planned tech center in the South Loop.

  • Bloom Energy in San Jose builds new lab to expand COVID-19 vaccine testing

    ABC 7 NEWS

    A Silicon Valley energy company is expanding COVID test lab capacity in hopes it could speed up the return of businesses and schools to normal. Health is a vital part of Building A Better Bay Area. This $1.5 million laboratory represents a unique private-public partnership to add virus testing capability in the Bay Area.

  • Design Team Selected for Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) at The 78 Development


    In case you missed this one, it looks like a team has been officially selected for DPI (via The Block Club)

    The property will also feature a University of Illinois-led collaborative innovation center known as the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI).

  • Chicago to test sewage to forecast future COVID-19 outbreaks


    Charlie Catlett, senior research scientist of Discovery Partners Institute, talks about how sewage water testing can be a valuable indicator in predicting the next surge of COVID-19.

  • Belt-tightening state has down payment for tech deal


    The proposed $250 million Discovery Partners Institute will anchor the development site called The 78 on the Near South Side.

    Architects often create a mystique about themselves. It’s part of their marketing. How to distinguish yourself and justify higher fees? Manufacture an image of wizardry.

  • $142 Million Released for Job Creation and Economic Growth in Illinois


    Governor Pritzker Wednesday announced the release of more than $142 million to launch new facilities for the Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network, created to accelerate job creation and economic growth through education, research and discovery.


  • South Loop research center finally gets big check from Pritzker


    After years of promises from two governors, the budding Discovery Partners Institute in the South Loop finally is getting the first installment of the state help needed for a project considered key to Chicago’s growth as a tech center.

  • U. of I. tech center in Chicago gets state agency’s go-ahead


    An international team of engineers and designers, including renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, was chosen Tuesday to create a $250 million technology incubator and teaching center for the University of Illinois on the Near South Side development site known as The 78.

  • Academic, industry leaders to create national institute for AI in construction


    A team of researchers has received grants and support from the National Science Foundation and the Discovery Partners Institute to establish a National Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Construction.

  • UIC, Discovery Partners Institute win grant money for COVID research


    University of Illinois at Chicago faculty and the Discopveryhave landed $2.45 million in funding for two research projects related to COVID-19, including $1.25 million for research tied to the emerging Discovery Partners Institute.

  • Research team lands $1.25M grant to monitor Covid-19 outbreaks in Chicago’s sewage


    Discovery Partners Institute team led by scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago has been awarded a grant to develop a method for detecting Covid-19 outbreaks and trends from Chicago’s wastewater.

  • Illini Insider | An eye on AI

    The News-Gazette

    August brought news that UI teams had been tabbed to run two of seven artificial-intelligence institutes in the U.S., each receiving about $20 million over five years, care of the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

  • Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Construction Planned


    A University of Illinois team has received grants and support from the National Science Foundation and the Discovery Partners Institute to plan the establishment of the National Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Construction. This initiative will lead to the first-of-its-kind institute for the application of AI in design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure systems.

  • Dedicated AI institute to solve construction problems


    The University of Illinois in the US has received grants from the US government’s National Science Foundation and the Discovery Partners Institute to set up the National Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Construction.

  • Four UIC faculty members earn DPI funding

    UIC Today

    Four University of Illinois Chicago researchers are the recipients of $500,000 in combined research funding from Discovery Partners Institute, or DPI.

  • Construction to get dedicated AI institute to solve industry problems


    The University of Illinois plans to set up the “National Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Construction”, after receiving grants from the US government’s National Science Foundation and the Discovery Partners Institute.

  • Don't dig Chicago's grave just yet


    For lovers of cities, the oft-maddening but at other times exhilarating places that many of us call home, 2020 has been a year to forget.

  • Illini Insider: News and Notes


    Four ambitious Urbana campus-based projects — fronted by faculty from the Grainger College of Engineering and the College of ACES — will receive $125,000 in R&D funding from the Discovery Partners Institute, the new statewide innovative network

  • U of I doubles Loop lease for research hub


    The university board agreed to a new five-year deal in the Loop for the Discovery Partners Institute as it waits on construction of a South Loop headquarters.

  • Why U of I's COVID test may have legs


    If the technology is adopted beyond its own campuses, it would be a victory for U of I, adding to the prestige of the state's largest public research university and giving it an edge in attracting top-flight faculty, students and research funds.

  • Autonomous tech, Covid tracing among Chicago projects awarded $1M in R&D grants

  • 1 Year In: How P33 Is Giving A Boost To Chicago’s Tech Ecosystem

  • Discovery Partners Institute Launches Its First Scientific Startup Incubator


    The University of Illinois’ technical education arm just partnered with the National Science Foundation to launch its first virtual startup bootcamp.

  • DPI launches startup mentoring program for local colleges, entrepreneurs


    The Discovery Partners Institute, a network of research and innovation hubs in the South Loop, is launching a virtual boot camp program for entrepreneurs to bring their tech ideas to life.

    The program will include 11 teams compiled of students and faculty from Chicago research universities, as well as community entrepreneurs. The seven-week program aims to help participants expand their network and move their technology from a lab setting to commercialization.

  • Illinois Offers Residents Steeply Discounted Training For High-Demand Tech Jobs

    This week, P33 and Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) announced the launch of TechReady Illinois, an effort to help Illinois residents hurt by Covid-19 gain new digital and tech skills at steeply discounted tuition rates. Through TechReady Illinois, in-state residents can enroll in training courses in high-demand fields like computer science, data and engineering.

  • TechReady Illinois Launches Discounted Online Tech Courses for Illinois Residents

    Since March, five times as many Illinois residents have filed for unemployment as those who asked for aid during the Great Recession. On Monday, two tech advocacy groups launched an initiative to get Illinoisans back to work. Named TechReady Illinois, the initiative offers residents discounted online courses in data and analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing and software engineering. It’s championed by the P33 tech advocacy group and Discovery Partners Institute, a division of the University of Illinois school system that promotes technical education. The two groups worked with the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, City Colleges of Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology to offer their regular courses for a fraction of their normal cost.

  • P33, DPI launch tech education program for Illinoisans

    Two Chicago organizations that have gained attention for missions to expand and strengthen Chicago’s tech industry launched a new program to help provide inexpensive computer science education to Illinoisans. P33, an effort by Chicago’s private-sector leaders to boost the city’s tech reputation, and the Discovery Partners Institute, a network of research and innovation hubs in the South Loop, announced the initiative, called TechReady Illinois, on Monday.

  • DPI lands $3.9 million for research to help students

    The University of Illinois Discovery Partners Institute has attracted $3.9 million in philanthropy for a project that will use data to analyze how to help Illinois students be more successful.

  • Big U of I research center moves ahead


    The state's Capital Development Board this week put out a call for consultants to help design and construct Discovery Partners Institute.

  • DPI is the entire state's offensive in the global war for talent


    In "Does the DPI tech center still have the backing of these universities?" (Feb. 28), Lynne Marek questions the strength of our partnerships with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Where she sees question marks, I see periods. Illinois is in a global war for talent. The Discovery Partners Institute is the entire state's offensive. With $235 million in state funding and a downtown headquarters in progress, DPI will attract and train the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer—and keep them here.

  • The 78 is a project we should all get behind


    For more than 40 years, a vast swath of vacant land south of Roosevelt Road has epitomized the two Chicagos. So, for several reasons—including economic and social—the news that the University of Illinois-affiliated Discovery Partners Institute will locate there should be welcomed with open arms.

  • Chicago lost Amazon's HQ2, but not its top-tier high tech future


    This week, Chicago and Illinois took a big step in putting the city on the right economic path for tech-industry investment.

  • Discovery Partners Institute gets long-awaited state cash


    On Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Illinois was coming through with the long-promised half-billion dollars of state funding for it – an investment that backers say will pay off in spades by attracting tech companies and investment, and by keeping Illinois-educated computer science and engineering students in the state after they graduate.

  • Board chair Edwards makes major donation to DPI


    In the largest donation to the University of Illinois ever by a board trustee, private-equity businessman Don Edwards and his wife Anne donated $10 million to support the university's creation of a research center in Chicago and to its related network across the state.

  • $10 million gift from UI trustee part of innovation pledge


    Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been convinced.

    The Democrat says the $500 million in state money pledged to the UI’s Illinois Innovation Network years ago will come through, after all.

  • The 78 lands a big tenant draw with DPI


    The Discovery Partners Institute, a University of Illinois-fueled innovation and research center now cleared to become reality along the South Branch of the Chicago River, will be a big boost for developing young talent in the city.

  • The 78 megadevelopment to kick off with 3 million square feet of construction, including U of I-led research facility


    The 78 megadevelopment along the Chicago River in the South Loop will start construction in the next year with a nearly 3 million-square-foot first phase that will include apartments, student housing, retail space and a long-discussed University of Illinois-led innovation center.

  • ‘Once-in-a-generation’ South Loop project gets boost from Pritzker with $500M funding move


    In a huge boost for Chicago’s tech industry and for development of the South Loop, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has decided to release $500 million in state capital funds for University of Illinois projects including the budding Discovery Partners Institute in the 78 real estate project on the Near South Side.

  • DPI's new executive director has UI ties


    The University of Illinois is hiring a businessman to run the Discovery Partners Institute. William C. Jackson began working Monday, and the UI Board of Trustees will formally vote on his appointment Jan. 16.

  • U of I hires alum, consulting vet to lead DPI


    A former Johnson Controls executive will head the Discovery Partners Institute. William Jackson, a U of I alum, recently led the global products, building technologies and solutions unit for Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls. He was a longtime consultant with Booz before joining Johnson Controls in 2011.

  • City Scholars partners with Polsky Center's College New Venture Challenge


    City Scholars students will now be able to take part in the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago's College New Venture Challenge as part of the program's startup track. 

  • Keeping watch: It's full speed ahead as DPI continues to take shape

    THE NEWS GAZETTE | NOV. 17, 2019

    The University of Illinois is spending $500,000 to develop a business plan and economic impact study for its vaunted Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago.