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  • 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.

  • University of Illinois, Foxconn to Develop $100M Tech Center

    GLOBE ST. | OCT. 2, 2019

    The center, which will be based on the university’s campus in Urbana-Champaign, will serve as a global hub for the technology that will drive the manufacturing plants, medical environments, autonomous vehicles and smart homes of the future.

  • Foxconn subsidiary to launch $100M technology center with the University of Illinois

    CHICAGO TRIBUNE | OCT. 1, 2019

    A Foxconn subsidiary is helping launch a $100 million technology center at the University of Illinois that will be used to create electronic components and software used in manufacturing plants, autonomous vehicles, and smart homes.

  • FoxConn Interconnect, UI will establish $100 million smart technology center

    THE NEWS-GAZETTE | OCT. 1, 2019

    The University of Illinois is creating a $100 million center for smart technology at the Urbana campus in partnership with FoxConn Interconnect Technologies and the UI’s Discovery Partners Institute, to be funded in part by state money allocated for the DPI initiative.

  • Discovery Partners Institute earns state approval — for the next 5 years, at least

    THE NEWS-GAZETTE | AUG. 30, 2019

    The staff of the Illinois Board of Higher Education this week granted approval for the University of Illinois system to operate the new Chicago-based research and innovation center for the next five years.

  • UI, OSF research partnership getting $50 million boost

    THE NEWS-GAZETTE | JULY 22, 2019

    The Jump ARCHES research partnership between OSF HealthCare in Peoria and the University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering, designed to spur high-tech advances in medical simulation, treatment and education, is getting a $50 million boost to expand its scope to address broader challenges such as rural health-care access and changing patient behaviors.

  • Illinois Institute of Technology Joins UI-led Discovery Partners Institute

    THE NEWS-GAZETTE | JULY 11, 2019

    The Illinois Institute of Technology has become the seventh university to join the University of Illinois-led Discovery Partners Institute, signing an agreement to partner on the initiative.

  • $100M grant aims to make UI leader in quantum engineering


    A $100 million investment in a quantum engineering project designed to make Illinois a world leader in that emerging technology is among $3 billion in higher education allocations in the new Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan.

  • Major gains for Chicago in more higher ed spending


    After years of financial stress, Illinois higher education is seeing signs of hope. There are ambitious plans such as a new collaborative research hub called Discovery Partners Institute, to be located on the Near South Side.

  • UI's state funding a match made in Chicago

    NEWS-GAZETTE | JUNE 2, 2019

    A $500 million state grant for construction of the University of Illinois' vaunted Discovery Partners Institute and statewide "innovation network" is contingent on the school raising the same amount in private matching funds. The UI says it has collected about $400 million toward that goal, including about $170 million in corporate investments, some of which have yet to be announced.

  • Fledgling U of I network expands


    The long-simmering effort by the University of Illinois System to create a network that links the state’s higher education institutions took another step forward today. Officials announced that nine additional universities have signed up to host hubs that are part of the evolving Illinois Innovation Network, to be built around the Discovery Partners Institute.

  • Illinois Innovation Network now includes all public state universities

    NEWS-GAZETTE | MAY 16, 2019

    The Illinois Innovation Network, an effort to bolster the Illinois economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development, announced nine new "hubs" across the state on Wednesday, bringing the total to 15.

  • ISU, WIU join Illinois Innovation Network

    WEEK-TV | MAY 15, 2019

    Illinois State University and Western Illinois University are among nine institutes of higher education joining the Illinois Innovation Network. The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) is headed by three existing hubs at University of Illinois campuses and the planned Discovery Partners Institute in downtown Chicago.

  • WIU joins Illinois Innovation Network

    WIU NEWS | May 15, 2019

    Building upon the President's Executive Institute for public-private partnerships, the region's manufacturing base and the University's commitment to the community and economic development of rural communities, Western Illinois University has joined the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN).

  • UIC Rockford joins Illinois Innovation Network


    The University of Illinois at Chicago Health Sciences Campus — Rockford recently joined the Illinois Innovation Network. The group of hubs across the state aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development. IIN now has 15 hubs, including all of Illinois’ public universities and spans the whole state.

  • SIUE joins Illinois Innovation Network

    ADVANTAGE NEWS | MAY 15, 2019

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has joined the Illinois Innovation Network, a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development. The network now has 15 hubs, including all of the state’s public universities, and spans the entire state.

  • SIU joins the economy-building Illinois Innovation Network

    SIU NEWS | MAY 15, 2019

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale, long a leader in spurring innovation, entrepreneurship and development, is one of the newest members of a statewide group of hubs created to boost the state’s economy through research and innovation.

  • EIU, ISU join Illinois Innovation Network


    Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University are the latest additions to a network intended to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development. Led by the University of Illinois System, the network was launched in August with “hubs” at U of I institutions and Discovery Partners Institute in downtown Chicago. It now has 15 hubs.

  • U of I-led innovation network to expand to 15 hubs


    The Illinois Innovation Network, a group of hubs across the state aiming to drive economic development through research and innovation, will expand from six to 15 sites and encompass all of the state’s four-year public universities.

  • UI names first academic administrator for Discovery Partners Institute

    NEWS-GAZETTE | MAY 4, 2019

    The UI announced Friday that Urbana sociology Professor Phyllis Baker — who has been working on the DPI project as a special assistant to President Tim Killeen for more than a year — will be the inaugural director of academic affairs at the Chicago-based research institute.

  • UIC, Deerfield Management launch West Loop Innovations

    EUREKALERT | APRIL 23, 2019

    The University of Illinois at Chicago and Deerfield Management announced the establishment of West Loop Innovations, LLC, as Deerfield will provide up to $65 million in translational research funding and commercialization expertise.

  • UIC gets $65 million to commercialize novel drugs


    The University of Illinois at Chicago is getting up to $65 million from a New York-based health care investment firm to accelerate drug development and advance its pipeline. Together with Deerfield Management, the university is launching West Loop Innovations. The new company aims to help faculty members develop novel therapeutics and commercialize their discoveries.

  • UI's Urbana campus senate gives DPI its blessing

    NEWS-GAZETTE | APRIL 23, 2019

    After more than a year of intense faculty consultation, the Urbana campus's Academic Senate on Monday gave overwhelming approval to the Discovery Partners Institute, on a temporary basis. The vote was 104-3, with three abstentions.

  • First 9 recipients of Discovery Partners Institute seed grants announced

    NEWS-GAZETTE | MARCH 28, 2019

    Projects to help communities adopt sustainable development strategies and create a statewide pipeline to train computer-science teachers are among those funded in the Discovery Partners Institute's first round of seed grants.

  • Economic development for the public good


    Since its first graduates completed their degrees in 1971, the University of Illinois Springfield has been a launch pad for professional and personal success for thousands of alums — many of whom identify their UIS experience as central to their own well-being and social mobility.

  • DPI holds workshops to engage UI System campuses in research, development

    DAILY ILLINI | FEB. 13, 2019

    The University of Illinois Discovery Partners Institute held the first workshop of the year at the iHotel & Conference Center on Monday.

  • Penny Pritzker pitches in on Discovery Partners Institute


    Discovery Partners Institute, the Chicago research hub proposed by former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, now has a powerful new advocate with close ties to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration. Penny Pritzker, the governor’s older sister, has been working with University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen on the project for months.

  • University partners with Tel Aviv University

    DAILY ILLINI | JAN. 24, 2019

    The University is launching a new academic research collaboration with its first international organization to promote new research and innovative projects for students. The partnership is with Tel Aviv University, a public research institution located in Tel Aviv, Israel.  The Israeli university is ranked as one of the top business and cultural centers in the country.

  • Yissum expands global reach through partnerships with DPI, others

    PR NEWSWIRE | JAN. 23, 2019

    Yissum, the Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University, announced today the opening of three centers of international cooperation in Chicago, Asunción, Paraguay, and Shenzhen, China, to facilitate regional commercialization of cutting-edge technologies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yissum's center in Chicago will be based at the Discovery Partners Institute, a joint education, research and innovation institute led by the University of Illinois System.

  • South Loop research hub gets an Israeli boost


    The budding Discovery Partners Institute in the South Loop got an important push today as officials from its parent University of Illinois announced an "international partnership" with the famed Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a major research hub whose founders included Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud.

  • Pritzker gives South Loop research hub a shot of life


    The new governor says he’s willing to help the big Discovery Partners Institute that was blessed by the old governor, but wants private capital involved, too.

  • Proposed Peoria Innovation Hub would foster collaborative solutions


    A Downtown facility will join a network of similar research-oriented developments across the state engineering solutions to a wide variety of problems facing underserved populations — if a grant from the state materializes. The Peoria Innovation Hub would be part of the Illinois Innovation Network, an initiative under the University of Illinois System that has already announced plans for similar hubs in Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Springfield and DeKalb.

  • UI delegation's trip to India leads to deals with 7 top universities, agencies

    NEWS-GAZETTE | DEC. 18, 2018

    A weeklong trip to India by a University of Illinois delegation this month resulted in commitments for new academic and research partnerships with top Indian universities — and more international partners for the Discovery Partners Institute.