Discovery Partners Institute

Discovery Partners Institute does three things: tech talent development; applied R&D and business building.

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DPI prepares promising and diverse Illinoisans to step into lucrative and resilient tech jobs. DPI is a place where companies, researchers and students can access world-renowned talent, advanced equipment and funding to turn their ideas into products and services with the potential to change lives. And DPI helps grow companies with a potential that extends far beyond their base in Illinois.

With core values of innovation, inclusion, collaboration, agility, excellence and impact, DPI also holds diversity, equity and inclusion as a core tenet of its operations.


DPI will intentionally design programs to address key challenges & friction points that have historically disadvantaged underrepresented groups in tech.


DPI believes in collaboration, which is why we have a growing international network of partners.


DPI will systematically support a learner’s journey with wraparound services to ensure success.


Internally, DPI is building a representative workforce and will conduct business with a diverse supplier base.