NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University has joined the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development.
IIN now has 15 hubs, including all of Illinois’ public universities, and spans the entire state.
“By joining the Illinois Innovation Network, Illinois State University is able to play an even bigger role in promoting technological development and economic growth in this state,” said President Larry Dietz. “Through this partnership, Illinois startups and existing businesses will benefit from the expertise of our faculty and staff, and our students will benefit from expanded learning opportunities. Illinois State’s commitment to learning and innovation, and its core value of civic engagement, make this partnership a natural fit.”
IIN hubs will harness the intellectual strengths of universities and their communities, working in collaboration with DPI to foster research innovation that drives progress and economic growth.
ISU plans to create the first concerted, large‐scale effort in McLean County to support and develop a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth.