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NIU Business and MATTER: A partnership of heroic change

December 10, 2018

The NIU College of Business has entered into a partnership with Chicago-based incubator MATTER. The entity was established in 2015 and focuses on creating heroic change in the health care industry. It develops health care innovations through a coalition of experts, organizations and startups. Jeff Aronin, NIU Business marketing alumnus, co-chairs MATTER.

Based out of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, MATTER’s extensive network of passionate experts currently includes more than 200 health care startups and 70 partnerships with health systems, universities, life science companies and insurance providers. NIU Business now adds its talents to this highly focused coalition.

In spring 2019, students in the college’s Experiential Learning Center (ELC) will work with two MATTER startups. The ELC program brings the fresh perspectives of faculty-guided student teams to bear on firm-specific problems. In similar fashion, students in the college’s Executive MBA class will serve as student consultants on three other MATTER startups.

NIU’s partnership with MATTER provides opportunities for NIU faculty and staff to mentor MATTER entrepreneurs and to develop and lead workshops for members throughout the coalition. In addition, NIU students, faculty and staff will have access to the group’s Merchandise Mart work space, meeting space and event space, as well as access to research subjects, workshops and networking opportunities.

Watch a video to see MATTER CEO Steven Collens describe the organization’s mission by showcasing a recent health care innovation project.