Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Center for Innovation

The Center for Innovation is part of the Loyola Business Leadership Hub.  The center provides a critical infrastructure to build an environment that encourages the study and successful practice of innovation to connect students, alumni, and faculty with the greater entrepreneurship community. The Center equips students and alumni with the skills and resources they need to employ innovation to reinvigorate existing business. 

Mission
To organize, expand and promote the knowledge and better practices of innovation through experiential education, empowering students, faculty, and alumni from across the university as well as the broader Chicagoland area.

Vision
To educate aspiring innovators and provide the resources and opportunities needed to reinvigorate existing business via innovation across a broad range of industries and technologies.

The Center for Innovation will the “hub” for information in all disciplines focused on the creation and growth of innovators and their organizations in Chicago, leveraging resources across Loyola and the Jesuit network of higher education to provide thoughtful, practical, implementable solutions to business challenges.

Underpinning all the services is a commitment to doing well in business, while also doing good for stakeholders, communities, and the environment.  We believe that all business decisions must be based on shared values and the goal of leveraging human capital.

Key Focus Areas

  1. Ignite Lab
    Loyola’s new virtual incubator, Ignite Lab, opens for applications in early Spring 2018. The incubator will support Loyola students, staff, and faculty with their entrepreneurial ideas. Free mentorship and resources will be available to test and develop their ideas and grow their ventures.
  2. Networking & Mentoring Program
    Connecting and networking with other innovators is extremely beneficial, from gaining new perspectives that spark business growth to meeting new mentors that take your business to the next level.
  3. Internships & Advisory Service Opportunities
    The Center will work with local businesses and organizations to develop opportunities for students to participate in internships and project work to gain practical experience while delivering value-added results.
  4. Competitions
    The Center will hold competitions that focus on key areas of new venture creation, such as business plan competitions and investor pitches.
  5. Linkage to broader Loyola Business Leadership Hub
    The Center will provide an added dimension of resources and capability to stakeholders.

Contact Us
The Center for Innovation is a start-up operation. For questions, contact John Caltagirone.