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

Taking place May 3-5, 2022, the three-day, all-virtual conference will feature multiple panels and keynotes, and showcase 50 of the most innovative deep tech companies in the following industry tracks: energyhardware/softwareindustrial, life sciences, and physical sciences/sustainability.


DeepTechU is organized by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which has a more than 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, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Indiana University, Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Innovation Partnerships at the University of Michigan, The Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, Purdue University, Northwestern University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).


Thank you to World Business Chicago for sponsoring this year’s DeepTechU.

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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 (and globally), industry collaborators, University faculty inventors, post-doctoral researchers, scientists from national labs, and others working in deep tech.