June 6, 2018
According to the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, during the past five years Illinois universities have launched 942 startups, which in turn have raised a collective $878 million.
The challenge is keeping those fledgling startups from fleeing to the coasts to grow their businesses, in part because of the coasts’ large tech workforce. The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago realize the need to develop a more vibrant and robust tech workforce to keep these companies in state.
The latest effort to do just that is a program called Engineering City Scholars, which enables engineering students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to spend a semester living in Chicago, taking a full load of classes, and gaining valuable life experience through internships.
Check out this story by the College of Engineering about the program. It features Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student Zhiwei Zhang, a City Scholar.