Ignite Lab is proud to partner with the following organizations and leaders in the community. Their mentorship and resources enable our members to test their entrepreneurial ideas and launch successful ventures.


CME Group Foundation Business Analytics Lab

The CME Group Foundation Business Analytics Lab serves both your immediate needs for hands-on training in financial services and the rapidly growing field of business analytics in various industry sectors besides finance...

such as marketing, healthcare, legal, insurance, risk management, government, and supply chain management. The CME Group Foundation Business Analytics Lab provides mentorship to Ignite Lab on various topics including: Data Analytics, Front & Back-End Development, Software Development, Infrastructure, Website Design, Digital Commerce, Mobile Technology, Prototyping, Blueprinting, Identifying Competition & Differentiating, Market Research, Engineering and more.

Business Law Clinic

The Business Law Clinic is a student run live client transactional focused clinic.

They work with for-profit and nonprofit businesses and handle incorporation, licensing, contract drafting, review and negotiation (including non-disclosure agreements, leases, website terms and conditions, independent contractor agreements, etc.), trademark applications, and general business counseling. They offer all of these services for Ignite Lab Rockets and Explorers as well.

Department of Computer Science

Faculty within the computer science department serve as ad-hoc mentors depending on the needs of Ignite Lab Rockets and Explorers.

Please check faculty home pages for the expertise of each professor.

School of Communications

Some faculty members and student-run agencies serve as mentors and provide paid or unpaid services for Ignite Lab Rockets and Explorers.

Please check their website or contact an Ignite Lab staff member to address your individual needs.


1871 is recently ranked as the world's best university-affiliated incubator.

Ignite Lab members can enjoy the Loyola Suite inside 1871 and other membership benefits.

Think Chicago

Ignite Lab works with the Mayor's innovation initiative and connects our members to events such as Chicago Ideas Week and programs such as GEIR.