Chicago Innovation Exchange Is Accepting Member Applications

The Chicago Innovation Exchange announced that they are accepting applications for both the Membership and Business Incubator programs.

Chicago Innovation Exchange Membership is for individual students, faculty, staff, and community members with passions for entrepreneurship and innovation, developing businesses, or looking to join an entrepreneurial team.

Members will have access to the CIE space, which includes flexible workspace, reservable meeting rooms, and the Exchange café. Members will have access to weekly office hours held by CIE mentors, and have access to all open events in the CIE and are encouraged to take part in the day-to-day activities in and around the CIE, which will help build serendipitous interactions,

Targeted members are builders who have a passion for and are actively involved in innovation and entrepreneurship. The CIE will bring together the University’s distinctive strengths in research and resources from a network of world-class entrepreneurship programs to drive innovation in a range of areas, applying scientific discoveries to generate scalable solutions to difficult societal problems.


The Chicago Innovation Exchange Campus

The CIE has space to house between 10 and 20 companies in the business incubator and can accommodate up to 350 people in full working mode. The CIE will occupy 17,000 square feet on the second floor of the Harper Theater complex  (right in the image above); 6,000 square feet on the second floor of an adjacent office building; and 13,500 square feet of shared conference center space on the 11th floor of the Harper Court office tower currently under construction .

ohn L. Flavin, executive director of Chicago Innovation Exchange

John L. Flavin, executive director of Chicago Innovation Exchange

“We are thrilled to bring our new space on line in October.  Members and companies will have an opportunity to access space,  a unique entrepreneurial community and a suite of resources and connections to the commercial pathway.” CIE Executive Director, John Flavin.  “We are particularly focused on helping early stage entrepreneurs in many sectors translate their idea into a viable product with utility in the marketplace.  We expect a vibrant setting in the heart of a burgeoning neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.”

Membership applications are considered on a rolling admissions basis each month. Depending on their status, accepted members may have to pay a monthly fee for CIE membership. The fee structure is as follows:

– Students: University of Chicago student memberships are free for the 2014/15 academic year!
– Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Community – $50/month or $500/year

You can find the application for CIE Membership here.