Partners


Partnership and Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact:

Josh O'Brien
580.399.6865


Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology TransferThe Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace.
PROPELThe mission of iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center is to increase the number and success rates of life sciences start-ups in Illinois. 
Cimarron Capital PartnersCimarron Capital Partners has designed, built and managed innovative fund investment programs for over 20 years. Cimarron has the experience needed to provide asset management services for institutional investors, regional investors, family offices and custom accounts. Since 1993, our Managing Directors have launched four funds and advised over 20 states and organizations in fund design and portfolio construction. We work closely with our clients to deliver effective, customized venture capital and private equity portfolios.
1871Founded in 2012, 1871 was created to support Chicago’s digital startup community. Since that time, it has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today 1871 is the home of more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups.
Development Capital NetworksFor over 20 years, the Development Capital Networks team has provided specialized products, management and training to development associations and entrepreneurial networks relevant to our expertise in regional economic development, technology transfer, development finance, entrepreneurship, venture capital, and capital formation.

Development - DCN specializes in strategies that build regional innovation economies.
Capital - We know that innovation thrives in communities rich in capital, people and knowledge.
Networks - We network investors, innovators and developers in 50 U.S. states and many nations.
iBIOThe mission of iBIO Institute, established in 2003 by the Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO), is to orchestrate business leadership in delivery of world-class educational programs and job-creating new technology ventures.
WBT Innovation MarketplaceThe WBT Innovation Marketplace is the world’s premier showcase converging revolutionary new energy, life science, nanotech, material science and information technologies to seed limitless solutions for current market needs. Attendees will experience an unparalleled forum that is both deal-focused and unbiased with regard to geography, funding source or originating research institution. Follow us on Twitter at @WBTMarketplace
Defense Innovation Unit ExperimentalDIUx provides non-dilutive capital in the form of pilot contracts for commercial innovation that solves Department of Defense problems. And we do so quickly, usually in under 90 days.