NIU Office of Innovation

Moving ideas from inception to impact


Our mission is to support transformation of ideas from inception to impact. We envision a thriving innovation ecosystem focusing on inclusivity, approachability, and societal benefit.

Who we help

Innovators

  • Concept Ideation
  • Invention Disclosures
  • Connect to innovative partners or potential licensees
  • Agreements (Non-Disclosures/Material Transfer/Licenses)
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Entrepreneurs

  • Startup Incubation
  • Business Concept Ideation
  • Network and Resource Support
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Students

  • Innovation Club
  • Startup Incubation
  • Innovation Events
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Industry

  • Connect to Campus Resources
  • Partnerships and Grant Opportunities
  • License our Innovations
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The Office of Innovation Provides:

Innovation-Focused Events and Programs

Join webinars and in-person events that discuss a wide range of innovation topics, including food systems innovation, startups, incubation, technology commercialization, law, entrepreneurship, technology development, and funding issues. Take part in programs that include the Innovation Club, hackathons, innovation challenges, and networking events.

Innovation-Focused Events and Programs

Join webinars and in-person events that discuss a wide range of innovation topics, including food systems innovation, startups, incubation, technology commercialization, law, entrepreneurship, technology development, and funding issues. Take part in programs that include the Innovation Club, hackathons, innovation challenges, and networking events.
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Partnership Development and Matchmaking

We can identify innovation partners for our faculty, students, and the community. These partnerships can include direct sponsorship opportunities, in-kind support, and co-created programs.
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Intellectual Property Protection Strategies and Services

The Office of Innovation can help with evaluating and protecting NIU-created intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. We work with industrial partners to develop and license NIU technologies, with the goal of commercializing NIU-created products or technologies. We’re your gateway for interactions with NIU faculty, staff, students, and community members who require confidentiality agreements or material transfer agreements.
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Commercialization Support Services

Do you need help identifying and acquiring resources to help take your inventions to the market? We can help find industry partners and funding sources.
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Incubator and Flexible Working Spaces

In our 71 North Partnership Studio, we incubate NIU and community startups, from concept development and business case analysis to incorporation and launch. We offer varying professional, flexible office and lab spaces for businesses on the NIU campus, and we can connect you with university departments, faculty, and students, as well as other startups and industry partners.
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Find us on the Lower Level of Founders Memorial Library

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