Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer

The entrepreneurial spirit is what drives economic development in communities and countries across the globe. That’s why the DPI exists, as a place to fuel that spirit and foster growth within the amazing talent right here in Illinois. Entreprenuers start new businesses to address unmet needs and demands. They hire employees and buy products which contribute to local and state economies. Technology has not only allowed small businesses to integrate into national and global economies, but it allows them to operate more efficiently which accelerates the rate of growth and that growth will continue with new innovation.

By creating an environment where small and large businesses can work collaboratively, it will spur new technological advancement that will continue to foster business growth and make new technologies available for commercialization and public consumption.

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Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer Working Group

JED TAYLOR

Chair
Executive Director, Technology Entrepreneur Center
College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MAIJA RENKO

Institutional Lead
Associate Professor
Department of Entrepreneurship
University of Illinois at Chicago

BRUCE SOMMER

Institutional Lead
Visiting Instructor
Department of Management
University of Illinois at Springfield

PAUL BRAUN

Professor & Director
Materials Research Laboratory
Departments of Materials Science & Engineering, & Chemistry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LAURA FRERICHS

Director of EnterpriseWorks and Research Park
University of Illinois System

NATHAN HOFFMANN

Director
Office of Technology Management, Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois System

STEPHEN JOHNSON

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Illinois at Springfield

RANJAN KARRI

Associate Professor
Department of Management
University of Illinois at Springfield

DAVID KRANZ

Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LISA MERCER

Assistant Professor
Department of Graphic Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PETER PFANNER

Research Professor & Executive Director, Innovation Center
Department of Graphic Design
University of Illinois at Chicago

SUSEELAN POOKOTE

Director
Office of Technology Management, Chicago
University of Illinois System

SONALI SHAH

Associate Professor
Department of Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

NANCY SULLIVAN

CEO & Managing Director
IllinoisVENTURES
University of Illinois System

GREG THATCHER

Professor
Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy
University of Illinois at Chicago