Illinois Innovation Network




The Illinois Innovation Network is a system of connected university-community-industry-based hubs throughout the state that will work together to drive innovation, economic development and workforce development across Illinois. Hubs will utilize a combination of research, public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, and workforce training programs to spur economic growth in their region and throughout the state.

The IIN is being developed through partnerships between the University of Illinois System Office of the Vice President for Economic Development and all of the public universities across the state. VPEDI Ed Seidel and Assistant Directors Kristin Roadman, Ben Taylor and Kandace Turner are leading the formation of IIN.

IIN partners operate with these guiding principles in mind:

  • Drive innovation, workforce development and economic growth throughout the state of Illinois
  • Assess and meet the needs of your region through a combination of collaborative research, public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurship and training programs
  • Collaborate with hubs across the state and share best practices
  • Advocate for the value of higher education at the state and national levels

Currently, there are 15 hubs of the IIN:


  • Chicago State University
  • Discovery Partners Institute
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Governors State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Peoria Innovation Hub
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Western Illinois University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford
  • University of Illinois at Springfield

For more information about the IIN, click here