Who We Work With


Concept Ideation

We provide facilitated brainstorming sessions to help you fully explore opportunities and work through roadblocks.

Invention Disclosures

Certain intellectual property created by NIU faculty, staff, students, and on-campus guests must be reported to the Office of Innovation. Click here to review the NIU Intellectual Property Policy to see how it applies to you. If you have an invention to disclose to the Office of Innovation click the button below.
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Partner Connections

We can assist with facilitating collaborations and identify potential licensees for marketing of your inventions/technologies.

Agreements (Non-Disclosures, Material Transfer, Licenses)

We will review, facilitate, and, where necessary, negotiate agreements on behalf of the inventor. An NDA keeps your ideas a secret. An MTA maintains control of your materials. A license makes it possible for partners to develop your invention or technology. We can help with any and all of these things.


Business Concept Ideation

Entrepreneurs can receive help with early-stage business formulation from concept development through incorporation and scaling. We coach startups through their beginning phases using industry best practices and techniques such as Business Model Canvas and Lean methodologies.

Startup Incubation

In our 71 North Partnership Studio we provide early-stage support to NIU, alumni, and community startups. From concept ideation to launch. We help you get your new venture off the ground. We connect entrepreneurs to resources and partners, including students, faculty and business mentors who can help launch, scale, and grow their business.


Innovation Club

The Innovation Club is an inclusive student-led-organization welcoming creative thinkers from all corners of campus who are interested in making the world a better place.
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Entrepreneurial Assistance

We can help student entrepreneurs with business formulation from concept development through incorporation and scaling, and we will coach startups through their beginning phases using industry best practices and techniques such as Business Model Canvas and Lean methodologies.

Innovation Events

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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Connecting You to NIU

If you have a project that needs faculty expertise, specialized equipment, or a group of students to solve a pressing need, let us help you find resources on our campus or through our network.


71 North

71 North is a collaborative studio space offering innovation-focused programs and events, partnership development and matchmaking, intellectual property protection strategies and services, commercialization support, and incubation services.
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The Northern Illinois University Molecular Analysis Core (NIU MAC) Laboratory serves as a premier research resource, primarily offering analytical and instructional expertise in mass spectrometry (MS). We offer a wide selection of mass spectrometry services to the NIU research community as well as external academic and non-academic researchers.
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Centers and Institutes

NIU has a number of research centers and institutes that address broad or complicated research questions or grand challenges. They aspire to generate research and administrative activities by leveraging internal capabilities and external partnerships.
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Available Technologies

NIU maintains an intellectual property portfolio with technologies spanning a range of domains. Explore current licensing opportunities here:
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