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INVENT2026

Invent2026 is an initiative to design and develop new technologies and new products, from the lab all the way to the commercial market, in our nation’s Rust Belt.

 

In 2026 the United States will celebrate its 250th Birthday. In the years leading to that historic day, Invent2026 is providing and executing a strategy to assert the Midwest region’s leadership in advanced industries, allowing transformative lab-generated technologies to take shape in the Midwest and Rust Belt regions in an economically meaningful way.

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2016 Asset and Strategic Review

In October of 2016, Invent2026 published the Asset and Strategic Review, the first of a semi-annual document exploring the Midwest and Rust Belt’s regional strengths, and designing a strategy for leading new industries based on the region’s core economic “clusters.”

Tech Extraction

The Midwest and Rust Belt economy has failed to lead advanced industries. Too many of our national and university laboratories have operated in silos, isolating inventors from entrepreneurs and corporates who can help connect new developments with key needs from industry.

In March of 2017, Invent2026 will launch TechNebula (TNEBULA), an interactive platform that will inventory the region’s intellectual property and employ game mechanics to identify technologies with the most commercial promise. TNEBULA users will competitively collaborate to prioritize and highlight trending technologies.

Have an interesting technology you would like to post on Tech Nebula? Tell Us More

 Tech Extraction

Innovation Intelligence

National and university laboratories struggle to identify which intellectual property hold the most commercial potential, often devoting resources to transfer technologies without a clear sense of commercial pathways.

A rich set of data will be generated by TNEBULA users, which will be provided to laboratories and industry partners to inform decisions on what technologies should be investigated for licensing and eventual financing.

By observing user behavior and documenting trends, TNEBULA will identify what intellectual properties hold strong potential in the commercial market. Invent2026 will provide partners with actionable data of commercial viability of technologies, drawn from TNEBULA user preferences.

Contact us if you’re interested in subscribing to Invent2026’s data service.

Innovation Intelligence 

2026 Fellows

Researchers and laboratories need entrepreneurs and industry partners who can champion their technologies, prototype designs, and introduce new products into the commercial market.

TNEBULA invites most active and insightful users to participate in the 2026 Fellows program. This fellowship will provide weekly programming on topics ranging from targeting SBIR and STTR funding to identifying market needs and commercial pathways for new technologies. The purpose of the fellowship is to build teams around the technologies that Invent2026 supports.

Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about the 2026 Fellows program.

 2026 Fellows

Diligence Fund

Invent2026’s Diligence Fund will provide prototyping capital for technologies most-favorably reviewed by our TNEBULA users. This capital will be pooled together by our industry partners to provide necessary capital for entrepreneurs to prototype designs and to identify and test sales channels. The Diligence Fund provides corporate sponsors the ability to administer due diligence on the R&D process that they are effectively outsourcing, for a very low cost, to our client labs and users.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about partnering with Invent2026.

Diligence Fund

  • TECH EXTRACTION

    The Midwest and Rust Belt economy has failed to lead advanced industries. Too many of our national and university laboratories have operated in silos, isolating inventors from entrepreneurs and corporates who can help connect new developments with key needs from industry.

    In March of 2017, Invent2026 will launch TechNebula (TNEBULA), an interactive platform that will inventory the region’s intellectual property and employ game mechanics to identify technologies with the most commercial promise. TNEBULA users will competitively collaborate to prioritize and highlight trending technologies.

    Have an interesting technology you would like to post on Tech Nebula? Tell Us More

  • INNOVATION INTELLIGENCE

    National and university laboratories struggle to identify which intellectual property hold the most commercial potential, often devoting resources to transfer technologies without a clear sense of commercial pathways.

    A rich set of data will be generated by TNEBULA users, which will be provided to laboratories and industry partners to inform decisions on what technologies should be investigated for licensing and eventual financing.

    By observing user behavior and documenting trends, TNEBULA will identify what intellectual properties hold strong potential in the commercial market. Invent2026 will provide partners with actionable data of commercial viability of technologies, drawn from TNEBULA user preferences.

    Contact us if you’re interested in subscribing to Invent2026’s data service.

  • 2026 FELLOWS

    Researchers and laboratories need entrepreneurs and industry partners who can champion their technologies, prototype designs, and introduce new products into the commercial market.

    TNEBULA invites most active and insightful users to participate in the 2026 Fellows program. This fellowship will provide weekly programming on topics ranging from targeting SBIR and STTR funding to identifying market needs and commercial pathways for new technologies. The purpose of the fellowship is to build teams around the technologies that Invent2026 supports.

    Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about the 2026 Fellows program.

  • DILIGENCE FUND

    Invent2026’s Diligence Fund will provide prototyping capital for technologies most-favorably reviewed by our TNEBULA users. This capital will be pooled together by our industry partners to provide necessary capital for entrepreneurs to prototype designs and to identify and test sales channels. The Diligence Fund provides corporate sponsors the ability to administer due diligence on the R&D process that they are effectively outsourcing, for a very low cost, to our client labs and users.

    Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about partnering with Invent2026.

Curious to learn more? Connect with us and we’ll keep you up to date.

2026 ORIGINS

Invent2026 began in the Summer of 2016 as an initiative to join the Midwest’s community of entrepreneurs with our region’s centers of applied research to jointly solve our nation’s most urgent challenges. In 2026, ten years after our launch, the United States will celebrate its 250th Birthday. Invent2026 is providing and executing a strategy to assert the Midwest and Rust Belt’s leadership in advanced industries, build a Midwest Innovation Corridor, and effectively transfer technologies from laboratories to entrepreneurs. By consolidating our region’s lab-to-product value chain and demonstrating an ability to solve national challenges through entrepreneurship and applied research, Invent2026 will bring added investment into the region, grow new business starts, and support regional economic growth.

Our Team

  • THOMAS DAY
    THOMAS DAY Partner

    Tom is an Army veteran, serving a tour in Iraq in 2003-2004. After returning home from Iraq, Tom authored a book, “Along the Tigris: The 101st Airborne Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” documenting the division’s combat tour. He was also a bureau correspondent in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, and also helped build The Bunker, an incubator for veteran-owned businesses. Tom holds degrees from Penn State University, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and the Harris School of Pubic Policy at the University of Chicago.

  • ALEX DUCHAK
    ALEX DUCHAK Partner

    Alex is an entrepreneurial product strategist, EIR, and innovator who has developed and launched more than half a dozen global product and service lines since 2007 and had two six-figure exits from two ventures in 2010 and 2012. He led product launch strategies for a super hydrophobic industrial coatings company and a next-generation software company that used adaptive control systems to optimize refrigeration and freezing systems – both of which were based on intellectual property from national and university research labs. He sits on the advisory board of TechLink, the leading semi-public agency charged with licensing 60% of all DoD technologies to industry and actively invests time, resources, and capital into new ventures.

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