Illinois Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster

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Illinois Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster


Accelerating Smart Grid
Development and Deployment

www.
S
MART
G
RID
C
LUSTER
.com

The
Illinois Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluste
r (
ISGRIC
)

is

a
n advanced

coll
aborative ecosystem that seeks
to attract and supp
ort

smart grid

innovators
in

order to
:



E
nhance

market opportunities,



A
ccelerate business and product development,



C
reate jobs
,
and



A
dvance deployment of a smarter grid
.



The
Regional Innovation Cluster

is supported through the
U.S. Small Business

Admi
nistration (SBA)

as one

of

10 “Innovative Economies
,


and
identified as
the only
smart grid
-
focused
innovation cluster in the country.
T
he

Cluster’s effort to accelerate smart grid innovation is managed by

Illinois Institute of T
echnology (IIT), in
c
ollabo
ration with the Clean Energy Trust

(CET)
, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) and O
-
H
Community Partners
.


The Cluster

provides a platform to
promote business growth and entrepreneurial activity

by providing
technical and business support to

smart grid start
-
ups and small businesses,
continuous
ly

identifying

and
disseminati
ng
technical and product needs,
and connecting

innovators to market opportunities

and capital in
order to speed the path to commercialization
. ISGRIC also

engages leading
c
orpor
ations, investors and policy

makers to ensure the regional smart grid cluster

grow
s in a
de
liberate and sustainable manner.




The
Illinois Institute of Technology

manages the project and
provide
s

technica
l support through access
to
its
Perfect Power

s
mart microgrid and
researchers

from the
Wanger Institute for Susta
inable Energy
Research (WISER)

and Center for Electricity Innovation
. The
IIT Stuart School of Business
provides

business support for early stage companies and entrepreneurial training for t
he next generation of
smart grid engineers. IIT’s University Technology Park
provides a home for

both smart grid start
-
ups
and research and testing operations of larger firms.




T
he
Clean Energy Trust

provide
s

commercialization support through access to ca
pital and
management of

the

smart grid innovation marketplace
, which

connect
s

innovators
with technology
buyers, funders

and market opportunities
.




The

Illinois Science & Technology Coalition

fosters the

growth of the
c
luster by working to attract
researc
h and development (R&D)

to the region
,
engaging larger corporate support, working to advance

large
-
scale project deployment and
pursuing

policies that support the smart grid ecosystem.




O
-
H Community Partners

engages
and support
s
minority
-
owned businesse
s seeking to participate in
the
smart g
rid cluster and
assists cluster businesses in their pursuit of supplementary funding
.


For additional information visit
www.SmartGridCluster.com
,
www.facebook.com/SmartGridCluster

or
contact
David Winkin
, A
ssociate Director for the Knapp Entrepreneurship Center

at

the IIT Stuart School of
Business at

dwinkin@iit.edu

or
(31
2) 567
-
3893
.