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DPI Ventures Unit

One objective of the Ventures Unit is to provide deep-tech-focused services to start-ups and mid-sized companies looking to grow.

Another objective of the Ventures Unit is to support university technology transfer and commercialization by:

  • Supporting offices of technology transfer in developing best practices across partners
  • Helping to facilitate DPI research grants (such as SBIR and STTR grants) in moving from research to commercialization more rapidly.


DPI complements existing Chicago tech incubators by focusing specifically on deep tech.


We provide a suite of services tailored to the needs of deep tech startups, including:

  • Office, laboratory and workshop space
  • Deep tech mentors and entrepreneurs in residence
  • Access to capital
  • Access to industry partners and/or customers


We assist startups housed within DPI and provide targeted added services to companies at peer incubators.


We assist and mentor mid-sized companies through more advanced growth phases.

Global Network

DPI’s academic research partners are recognized leaders in their fields, working together from Illinois and around the world.

Building a More Inclusive Tech Community

Through DPI’s Pritzker Tech Talent Lab, DPI is becoming a hive of technology activity, a place where companies, researchers and students can access smart people, advanced equipment and funding to turn their ideas into products and businesses.


SHIELD T3 is an organization created by the University of Illinois System as a way to expand the testing of saliva-based COVID-19 that was pioneered by the University of Illinois researchers. SHIELD T3 is working on marketing the innovative COVID-19 testing technology nationwide to encourage widespread testing that produces rapid results in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

SHIELD T3’s primary mission is to expand the reach of saliva-based COVID-19 testing pioneered by the University of Illinois researchers.

Shield T3 Agendas and Minutes

Board of Managers Executive Committee

Bill Jackson, Principal Officer


SHIELD T3 Board of Managers meets at least twice a year. Special meetings may be called as needed by the Board of Managers.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2023, 11:00 am

Board of Managers Meeting

Zoom Meeting 

05.10.23 Shield T3 Agenda