Updated: May 3, 2017

UChicago Innovation Fest 2017

Date: May 1 – June 1, 2017
Location: UChicago; varied locations (see schedule)
Sponsor: UChicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

UChicago Innovation Fest is a month-long celebration of entrepreneurship and discovery around the University of Chicago. With more than 40 events scheduled across Chicago and in other key cities around the world, we welcome you to join us as we explore solutions to big problems, brainstorm ways to scale impact, and connect with leaders in business, science, healthcare, tech, and more.

This annual festival is led by UChicago’s top innovative leaders, including the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth, and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories.

Swing by on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Polsky Exchange North (1452 E 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago), which is the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s 34,000 square foot coworking and incubator space, to pick up your guide to UChicago Innovation Fest 2017. Learn more about the many opportunities to plug into and benefit from the vibrant UChicago innovation ecosystem.

▸ Schedule of the events

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

Date: June 14-15
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: MATTER

PROPEL is hosting this 2-day Intensive Workshop, provided by BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc), that will cover all aspects of writing SBIR/STTR grants focused on life science technologies including: eligibility, sources of funding and agency differences, understanding what reviewers look for, step-by-step instruction on how to write each section of your proposal. The workshop will cover all agencies, including Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, with detailed emphasis on NIH. Who should attend: Anyone planning on submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal in the next 12 months; Individuals interested in learning enough about the program to determine if they are interested in pursuing future submissions; Individuals supporting SBIR/STTR applicants and companies including financial managers, business managers, other administrative personnel; and Individuals from academic institutions interested in working with SBIR/STTR applicants as subcontractors and supporting personnel. Why you should attend: National averages for NIH SBIR proposal funding are around 20% for Phase I and 40% for Phase II; and BBC clients are funded at a rate two to three higher than the national average across agencies. Cost is $250 per participant / $200 each additional from the same company. For more information and to register, click HERE. Attendees must register by June 8; late registration is $275 per person. For questions, contact


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