Venture Grants


The NIU Foundation Venture Grants Program


NIU Foundation Venture Grants support the development of NIU’s best ideas into viable, market-ready products or technologies. 


Under the grants program, faculty submit invention disclosures for review. Five semi-finalists are selected to advance and meet with students from the appropriate colleges. These teams are aligned with mentors and coaches as they train and work on a business plan.


Final presentations are made to the NIU Foundation Grants Committee and two proposals areselected to receive Venture Grant funding.


For more information, contact Kathy Blair at or 815-753-9506.




Venture Grants support faculty's pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, and outreach to the larger community.


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