Protect, fund, support and launch your ideas seamlessly through the University of Illinois’ resources.

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Protect your intellectual property

OTMs help with

  • Protecting your intellectual property
  • Marketing your invention to potential partners
  • Licensing your technology
  • Creating societal impact

Our Offices of Technology Management (OTMs) in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign champion innovation and enhance research. And they facilitate economic development through the transfer of intellectual property.

Fund your idea

Get support with:

  • Proof of concept grants
  • Seed capital
  • Venture capital

Consistently named a “top 100 venture capital firm” nationally by Entrepreneur magazine, startup and early-stage investment firm Illinois VENTURES brings together leading University of Illinois researchers and entrepreneurs to shape concepts, vision, and intellectual property into high-growth, breakthrough companies.

Incubate and grow

Find support with:

  • Validating your idea
  • Establishing a startup
  • Moving into an incubator

A business incubator for early-stage tech firms, EnterpriseWorks on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus was named one of Forbes’ 12 Business Incubators Changing the World.


Research Park benefits:

  • Collaborate with U of I researchers
  • Access student talent
  • Hire local talent
  • Benefit from services and educational programs

Located at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Research Park fosters a vibrant, multidisciplinary community that produces highly influential technological advances, builds a talent pipeline for high-tech corporations, and offers unmatched opportunities for students.