The Office of the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation seeks out strategic initiatives that harness the University of Illinois’ research, education, technology and innovation capacity to drive local and global impact

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IIN representatives at 2021 Illinois State Fair
Illinois Innovation Network

The Illinois Innovation Network is a collaborative entity composed of hubs at the state’s 12 public universities, Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago, Distillery Labs in Peoria, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford. The IIN drives inclusive and integrated research, innovation, and economic development across Illinois

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Diverse Supplier Development Program

OVPEDI is proud to partner with the University of Illinois System’s Office of Procurement Diversity and Office of the President to launch the inaugural cohort of the Diverse Supplier Development Program in August 2022. This program will help diverse and women-owned businesses achieve the next level of growth through student consulting projects and workshops.

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International programs

OVPEDI coordinates and supports multiple internationally focused programs, including a research seed grant program between the University of Illinois System and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Wanxiang Fellows Program, and the U of I System Mexican and Mexican-American Students (I-MMAS) initiative.

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Great Lakes Higher Education Consortium

OVPEDI coordinates the University of Illinois System’s involvement in the Great Lakes Higher Education Consortium, a group focused on forging impactful, cross-border collaborations among Great Lakes higher education institutions, and between these institutions, companies and government, in order to develop partnerships and programs that seek to find solutions to the region’s grand challenges.