Kumar Kintala

Innovation Hub Director, Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), University of Illinois


Kumar Kintala is the Innovation Hub Director for the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with top research universities, DPI does three things: train people for high-demand tech jobs, conduct applied R&D, and business building to grow Chicago’s tech ecosystem. Kumar is leading the development of DPI’s headquarters as part of a new innovation district in downtown Chicago. He previously managed large-scale real estate development projects in downtown Detroit while with Bedrock, and advised clients on public-private real estate initiatives across the country while with HR&A Advisors.