Innovation DuPage will significantly impact regional economic development by leveraging public and private partners in support of startup and early-stage business enterprises by connecting them to the knowledge, expert mentors and resources necessary to succeed.


Innovation DuPage empowers entrepreneurs, inspires and informs businesses, educational and governmental partners through focused collaboration, resource sharing and strategic development of the regional innovation ecosystem. 


Innovation, Inspiration and Education

Innovation in isolation helps few. Education is purposed with imparting knowledge, but also learning from industry, students, and all constituents to constantly update what is known. ID will foster the creation of new ideas, products, processes and services, steward teaching and learning of all partners and participants, and inspire others to consider new approaches to business development and economic development.

Collaboration, Inclusion and Diversity

ID seeks to reframe traditional silos of competition into learning networks of cooperation, where shrinking product life cycles, rapidly changing technology and increasingly complex business problems necessitate collaborative research and development across companies, industries and regions. Central to this effort is representation from a broad cross section of regional industry clusters, as well as intentional inclusion of current and future entrepreneurs from all ages and backgrounds. 

Integrity, Transparency and Responsibility

The means do not justify the ends. How we work, grow and learn matters. Growth with integrity is not only the right thing to do, it is good business. While protecting a business's proprietary information, we are committed to operational, budgetary and transparency related to ID activities and outcomes. All ID partners and participants are bound by a commitment to better the world through a more entrepreneurial talent pipeline, and successful products and services that support improved regional economic development and a higher quality of life.

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