Your Path to Practical Breakthroughs

At the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, we understand that practical breakthroughs come from people who are not just good at technology but also at leadership.

People who understand that influence, inspiration, and human insight are important components to driving positive change and who also see technology as the means. 

That’s why we’ve created programs specifically designed to guide Illinois Tech students on a direct path toward becoming Chicago’s next tech leaders. 

Our programs are offered as Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program courses and are classified into five categories: the Startup Studio, Tech Competitions, Deep Tech Science, Industry and Community Labs, and the Genisys program. They often contain co-curricular components and opportunities to advance and fund projects beyond the classroom. We also hire many students to support our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

While students are always in the driver’s seat, our programs allow industry experts and faculty to advise them as they lead an innovation project. 

Kaplan Institute Programs

Startup Studio

Put your vision into motion. The Startup Studio educates, equips, and inspires the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders by providing the hands-on support and mentorship that students need to manifest their ideas.

Students presenting at Innovation Day

Join the Industry and Community Labs to address and work on challenges with community partners in Bronzeville and industry partners across health care, sports and gaming, and sustainable and smart cities.

Students in Kaplan Institute

Join the Genisys program to learn about venture investing and to support our community in preparing startups for investment.

Layout of the 2020 Illinois Tech team that won its Solar Decathlon Division

Join the Tech Competitions program to mobilize a team around building electric vehicles and other complex technologies, and compete in the most recognized collegiate-level tech competitions.

Deep Tech Science

Join the Deep Tech Science program to conduct scientific research that addresses a societal challenge, taught by Illinois Tech faculty.