Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship
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“Right here.” Chicago. City of industry and ingenuity. Inventor of things that matter: The zipper. The dishwasher. The car radio. The vacuum cleaner. The blood bank was invented here. The modern bar code. And the mobile phone.
Every decade has seen Chicago bring technological innovation to the world by identifying where the world wants to go and then leading them there. It’s what Chicago does. And it’s what the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship is all about.
At the Kaplan Institute, we understand that those kinds of practical, technological breakthroughs only come from people who are not just good at technology, but good at leadership—people who are looking to drive positive change, both in their communities and in the world, and see technology as the means to do so. That’s why we’ve created programs specifically designed to guide Illinois Tech students on a direct path to becoming Chicago’s next tech leaders. Entrepreneurial. Community-minded. Diverse.
Innovation in Action
We are home to the Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program, Illinois Tech’s signature interdisciplinary, hands-on, team-based innovation program.Watch
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