Apply for the Illinois Deep Tech Accelerator by Aug. 10!
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TEC Programs & Events
Illinois Deep Tech Accelerator | APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 10
Apply for our new program and learn how to commercialize your technology from experts, all while getting course credit! Get coaching from entrepreneurs and academics with experience in founding and funding successful companies • Funding for customer discovery & prototype development • Access to campus resources like innovation spaces, research labs, and maker spaces. • Teams will be prepared to successfully acquire SBIR/STTR grants or institutional investment. • Opportunity to earn additional funding at a post-semester extracurricular activity. • Open to all students across campus. Learn more and apply.
AMA with Keilin Jahnke | Aug. 19

Keilin Jahnke is a TEC instructor, and has recently completed her Ph.D. studies in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois with a research focus on international engineering projects and the social, cultural, and political impact on rural communities. She teaches courses on international engineering, innovation, creativity, and design thinking. She helps students acquire effective strategies to identify and define problems, and work through the design process and create innovative solutions. The discussion, on August 19 from 5:00-5:45pm, will be moderated by Cedric Vargas, current CE and ILEE student and founder of Teneez, a premium sneaker rental company. RSVP and submit questions.

Entrepreneurship Advising | Fridays | 1-2pm

Have a startup idea? Don't know what to do next? Come to Entrepreneurship Advising with TEC every Friday (virtually, of course). Bring your ideas--we'll help you figure out your next steps, and guide you through campus and community resources. If you can't join us on Fridays, just contact Stephanie Larson at or Catharine Ingram at to set up an appointment. Learn more.

Join the TEC Student Advisory Board

Want to engage with the entrepreneurship ecosystem on campus? Join the TEC Student Advisory Board (SAB)! The SAB serves as a liason between students and TEC staff, and will meet virtually once a month for one hour during the 2020-21 academic year. If you're interested, please contact Stephanie Larson at or Rashi Dembi at Learn more.

Featured Fall Course

How can aspiring tech entrepreneurs get the cash they need to make their ideas come to life? Find out with TE 398 - Boostraps to Venture Capital: Funding Your Startup! Explore the difference between Equity (ownership), Non-Dilutive (grants), and Strategic (customer) funding sources and learn about the progression of early-stage ventures with likely funding sources at each stage. In addition, the course will cover company valuation, investment terms, and potential pitfalls using real-world examples and speakers to illustrate the concepts. Register for TE 398 today! View a sample syllabus here.

Featured Fall Course

Harness your creative capabilities, and explore the engineering design process with TE 398 - Innovation & Engineering Design! Form teams and learn by doing, creating, and validating multiple projects resulting in at least one viable project proposal by the end of the term. For students of all majors. The instructor is Professor John Thode. Questions? Contact us at NOTE: This course is a required course for the Innovation, Leadership, & Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) degree, and also counts towards the Technology Commercialization Certificate.

TEC Certificates
Pursue your future career goals armed with a TEC Certificate! Whether you want to advance your career goals, be an impactful leader, launch your startup, or develop breakthrough products, we offer four certificates that meet your needs. Two for undergraduate students (Innovation and Technology Commercialization) and two for graduate students (Business Management for Engineers and Strategic Technology Management). Learn more and enroll now.
Other Programs & Events
HackIllinois | Aug. 7-15
Do you think virtual education could use an upgrade (or a MAJOR overhaul)? Register for HackThis 2020, a virtual week-long (Aug 7-15) hackathon focused on fixing virtual education. Presented by HackIllinois. Learn more & register.
Health Make-a-Thon | Aug. 8

Dream It, Make It: Health Innovators Pitch Ideas for Chance to Win $10,000 | The Carle Illinois College of Medicine will host its second-annual Health Make-a-Thon competition on Saturday, August 8, from 2:00-5:00pm. The online event is open to the public. Twenty teams of citizen-scientists, students, and healthcare practitioners from across the state of Illinois will pitch their ideas for improving health. Ten winning teams will be selected, with each receiving $10,000 in resources, materials, and mentorship, and access to the Health Maker Lab network of design and making facilities at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to design, fabricate, and prototype their idea. Click here to register. Learn more about the Health Maker Lab here.

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop with Harlee Sorkin | Aug. 11

Thinking About a Startup? Customer Discovery & Why it Matters | Tuesday, August 11, 12:00-1:00pm | Learn about the impact of customer discovery on startups, what it means to understand product-market fit, and why it's important for your future startup venture. Also hear from a panel of entrepreneurs who will share tips about making the most of the customer discovery process and how to avoid pitfalls. Harlee Sorkin, Research Park Entrepreneur-in-Residence and NSF I-Corps faculty, will present and moderate the panel. If you have questions or need accomodations for this event, please contact Cathy McArthur at Join the workshop here

Get Hired
Work at Subli

Subli, a peer-to-peer subletting marketplace for university communities, is a student startup that participated in Grainger Engineering's Startup City Scholars, in partnership with the University of Chicago. They are now hiring a Full Stack Engineer, and a Designer who can code. Learn more about Subli and these open positions.

Eschaton Seeking Co-founder

Eschaton Technologies is an early startup creating a new communications standard for autonomous vehicles. They are looking for a co-founder--a passionate entrepreneur with some technical experience in radio communications and software-defined radio. To learn more, please contact Ian Dilick, founder of Eschaton, at

Intern Position | Augmented Reality Developer at AGCO Acceleration Center

The AGCO Acceleration Center is looking for a highly talented developer intern to join their team at the Research Park for the Fall. This person will help AGCO create next-generation augmented reality experiences in Unity and PTC Thingworx. AGCO is looking for an individual who is self-motivated to explore and create within the augmented reality space. Candidates must be a full-time students. This is a paid, part-time position. Learn more.

Gumm Seeking Technical Co-founders

Gumm is a mobile social gaming startup, and the product is described as TikTok meets Jackbox Games. They are currently looking for additional technical co-founders. If you’re a fan of gaming, especially games like HQ Trivia and Jackbox Games, and have a background in computer science, please email Quinn Vaughn at Include information about Github/Lab projects you’ve worked on, or anything else that exhibits programming knowledge.

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