business leadership award celebration

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Marshall's Landing  I  222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #225  I  Chicago, IL 60654


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We are honored that Edward Seidel, Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation for the University of Illinois System, will be our 2018 Business Leadership Award Recipient. In that role Dr. Seidel works closely with the president of the U of I System to engage potential public and private partners and strengthen the links between higher education, research, and business to drive innovation and stimulate economic development across the state of Illinois.

Dr. Seidel also serves as the Inaugural Interim Director for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI). The DPI will be a new interdisciplinary research institute led by the University of Illinois System that will bring world-class research faculty and staff to Chicago to work side-by-side with students and businesses. It will foster next-generation innovation that creates new business and economic growth, while promoting entrepreneurship and empowering inventors of the future.

Israel's Tel Aviv University is the first international institution to commit to participate in the DPI.