Polsky Center’s DeepTechU Returns and Highlights Deep Tech Innovation in the Greater Midwest

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#deeptechuThe University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is once again hosting DeepTechU, a venture conference that brings together global investors and deep tech startups in the greater Midwest.

“Last year’s inaugural DeepTechU was the largest venture conference in the Midwest and demonstrated the breadth and heft of the region’s deep tech community,” said Jay Schrankler, associate vice president and head of the Polsky Center. “The University of Chicago is thrilled to partner with more than a dozen research universities and national labs to showcase the latest deep tech startups coming out of our institutions.”

Taking place May 3-5, 2022, the all-virtual conference will feature quick pitches and discussions with industry experts, investors, and entrepreneurs.

The goal of DeepTechU is two-fold: provide investors with early looks into cutting-edge deep tech innovation coming out of universities, national labs, and other organizations in the greater Midwest, and educate faculty inventors and other researchers about how to successfully raise capital for their startups.

“This event offers incredible exposure to emerging technologies that could save lives, streamline business, and improve society in numerous ways,” said Nancy Sullivan, CEO and managing director of Illinois Ventures. “The Midwest is rich in deep tech innovation and talent ready for investment to leap from the lab to the market.”

Sullivan will provide opening remarks for University of Chicago President Paul Alivisatos, who will lead a keynote address on Deep Tech and the Great Wave of Innovation. Additional featured talks include a fireside chat between Megan Clifford, associate laboratory director at Argonne National Laboratory, and Andrea Belz, division director of industrial innovation and partnerships at the National Science Foundation, as well as a conversation between Kayla Lee, product manager for strategic alliances for IBM Quantum, and Brad Henderson, CEO of P33, a nonprofit focused on driving inclusive growth for Chicago’s tech sector.

“The confluence of academic, industry, and investor perspectives at DeepTechU reflects the strength of the region’s growing deep tech ecosystem,” Henderson said. “From quantum technology to the life sciences, Chicago and the greater Midwest are poised to be at the center of bringing deep tech innovations into the real world.”

The conference is presented in collaboration with Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University, Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory, Indiana University, Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, Purdue University, Northwestern University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). It is sponsored by World Business Chicago.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit deeptechu.com.


Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, aelejalderuiz@uchicago.edu