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DeepTechU is a first-of-its-kind venture conference showcasing deep tech innovation and 48 companies emerging from research universities and national labs in the greater Midwest.


Taking place April 20-22, 2021, the three-day conference will feature multiple panels and keynotes, and showcase new ventures in the following industry tracks: energy, hardware/software, industrial, and life sciences.

DeepTechU is organized by the University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which has a 25-year successful track record applying world-class business expertise from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to bring new ideas and groundbreaking innovations to market.

The all-virtual conference is presented in collaboration with Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University, Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Indiana University, Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, NuTech Ventures at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Northwestern University, Rutgers UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, Washington University in St. Louis, and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

Additional partners include Clean Energy Trust, Discovery Partners Institute, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, P33, Startup Chicago, and World Business Chicago.

Find Your Next Deal

This is a chance for deep tech VC investors and industry scouts to see what's emerging from the Midwest's innovation pipeline. DeepTechU is for VCs from coast-to-coast, industry collaborators, University faculty inventors, post-doctoral researchers, scientists from national labs, and others working in deep tech. 

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