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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.


The inaugural 2021 DeepTechU conference featured multiple panels and keynotes, and showcased innovative new ventures in the following industry tracks: energy, hardware/software, industrial, and life sciences. Stay tuned for details regarding the 2022 DeepTechU conference. If you are interested in partnering with us on next year's conference, please contact info@deeptechu.com.

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This new report from the University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in partnership with Microsoft, was released in conjunction with DeepTechU and defines deep tech as an interdisciplinary approach to solving fundamental issues—one that leverages several advanced technologies to reimagine what is possible.

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 2021 all-virtual conference was 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 included Clean Energy Trust, Discovery Partners Institute, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, P33, Startup Chicago, and World Business Chicago.

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

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